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2003-2004
GRADUATE RECORD
School of Graduate Nursing
General Information  |  Master of Science in Nursing  |  Masters Program Description  |  Post Master's Program  |  Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing  |  Course Descriptions  |  Faculty
Clinical Nurse Specialist Tracks (CNS)
Nurse Practitioner Tracks (NP)
Leadership Specialty Tracks
M.S.N.-M.B.A. Joint Degree Program
M.S.N.-M.A. in Bioethics Joint Degree Program

Masters Program Description

The curriculum leading to the degree of Master of Science in Nursing is designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles with opportunities for specialization in an area of clinical concentration. Students in the program complete core courses in nursing theory, research, epidemiology/population-based assessment, health promotion, APN roles, and health policy, specializing in the clinical area of either acute and specialty care nursing, or psychiatric-mental health nursing. Elective credits complement and enhance the program. The program may be completed in two calendar years of full-time study (four semesters and two six-week summer sessions). Full-time study is recommended but part-time study is available.

Program Course Work The ratio of clinical hours to credits is 4:1. Courses are taught only if there is a sufficient number of students registering for them. Semester schedules published by the Office of the Registrar must be consulted for courses to be offered during a given semester.

Following are descriptions and required courses for the specific areas of clinical concentration.


Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Tracks

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Clinical Nurse Specialist: Acute and Specialty Care Track
(55 credits, 560 clinical hours)

This track prepares nurses for advanced practices roles in the care of adults with acute and chronic conditions and allows students to determine the focus of their specialization (i.e.: cardiology, wound/ostomy/continence*, neurology or neurosurgery, general surgery, ER/trauma, pulmonary, transplant, diabetes, geriatrics, etc) and the areas of practice in which they would like to focus their clinical experiences (critical care, acute care, chronic care). Emphasis is placed on providing students with the advanced theoretical knowledge and practice skills needed to care for patients with complex health needs across the care continuum. The roles of clinician, educator and researcher, as well as clinical consultant and leader are key aspects of this track. Evidence based practice, outcomes management, clinical research, and advanced clinical decision-making are emphasized. The required 500 hours of preceptorship meets the recommendation of the National Association of CNS's. At the completion of this program, students are qualified to sit for the American Nursing Credentialing Center certification examination for either the Adult Health CNS or the Critical Care CNS, with the additional option of case management certification.

GNUR 550 Pharmacology 4
GNUR 551 Health Assessment 3
GNUR 574 Role I: Acquisition 1-2
GNUR 575 Role II: Transition 2
GNUR 580 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing 3
GNUR 584 Pathophysiology 4
GNUR 585 Epidemiology in Health Care 3
GNUR 586 Research and Biostatistical Processes for Healthcare 4
GNUR 590 Health Policy: Local to Global 3
GNUR 702 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention for Individuals, Families, and Communities 3
GNUR 756 Seminar I: Clinical Decision Making in Acute and Specialty Care 3
GNUR 757 Seminar II: Clinical Decision Making in Acute and Specialty Care 3
GNUR 758 Seminar III: Management of Chronic Illness Across Settings 3
GNUR 759 Practicum I: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist 5
GNUR 765 Synthesis Practicum: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist 5
  Elective 6

* The school offers wound/ostomy/continence training with two seminars GNUR 744 and GNUR 745. Practicum experience is obtained through GNUR 795 and GNUR 765.

Clinical Nurse Specialist: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Track
(52 credits, 500 clinical hours)

This area of concentration prepares nurses for advanced practice in the field of psychiatric-mental health nursing. Students complete core nursing courses, core advanced practice courses, and specialty specific courses. Graduates would be able to practice in CNS role, and would be qualified to sit for American Nursing Credentialing Center CNS certification. A major emphasis is placed on critical consideration, neurostructural, neurochemical, cognitive, behavioral, social, and cultural correlates of psychiatric illness in the context of the advanced practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing. Supervised clinical practice is directed toward applying this emerging scientific knowledge to patient care through psychiatric-mental health nursing interventions with the persistently mentally ill, geriatric, and other specialty populations. Faculty work closely with students to develop individualized clinical experiences in appropriate settings.

GNUR 550 Pharmacology 4
GNUR 551 Adv. Health Assessment 3
GNUR 574 Role I: Acquisition 1-2
GNUR 575 Role II: Transition 2
GNUR 580 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing 3
GNUR 584 Pathophysiology 4
GNUR 585 Epidemiology in Health Care 3
GNUR 586 Research and Biostatistical Processes for Healthcare 4
GNUR 590 Health Policy: Local to Global 3
GNUR 702 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention for Individuals, Families and Communities 3
GNUR 770 Biological Basis of Mental Health 3
GNUR 771 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Seminar 3
GNUR 773 Theoretical Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 3
GNUR 774 Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum I: Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner 5
GNUR 776 Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum II Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner: 5
  Elective 3


Nurse Practitioner Tracks (NP)

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Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track (ACNP) (55 credits, 560 clinical hours)

This track prepares nurses for an advanced practice role providing direct patient care in medical/nursing subspecialty areas in collaboration with other members of the health care team. ACNPs deliver care along the continuum of critical, acute, and chronic care. Students determine the focus of their specialization (i.e.: cardiology, nephrology, wound/ostomy/continence, neurology or neuro-surgery, digestive health, general surgery, ER/trauma, pulmonary, transplant, etc). In this program, students gain the advanced theoretical knowledge and practice skills needed to manage acutely and chronically ill patients through all phases of their hospitalization and clinical follow-up. Emphasis is placed on diagnostic and clinical decision-making, preparation for prescriptive authority, collaboration with physicians, and outcomes management, as well as evidence-based practice and clinical research. Upon completion of this track, students are qualified to take the American Nursing Credentialing Center certification examination for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

GNUR 550 Pharmacology 4
GNUR 551 Adv. Health Assessment 3
GNUR 574 Role I: Acquisition 1-2
GNUR 575 Role II: Transition 2
GNUR 580 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing 3
GNUR 584 Pathophysiology 4
GNUR 585 Epidemiology in Health Care 3
GNUR 586 Research and Biostatistical Processes for Health Care 4
GNUR 590 Health Policy: Local to Global 3
GNUR 702 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention for Individuals, Families, and Communities 3
GNUR 756 Seminar I: Clinical Decision Making in Acute and Specialty Care 3
GNUR 757 Seminar II: Clinical Decision Making in Acute and Specialty Care 3
GNUR 758 Seminar III: Management of Chronic Illness Across Settings 3
GNUR 759 Practicum I: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist 5
GNUR 765 Synthesis Practicum: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist 5
  Elective 6

Primary Care: Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track
(58 credits)

The curriculum leading to the degree of Master of Science in Nursing prepares nurses for advanced practice as family nurse practitioners or pediatric nurse practitioners. Students in the program complete core courses in nursing theory, research, epidemiology/population-based assessment, and health policy. Courses in advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, family health promotion, nutrition, and advanced health assessment are also required of all students in the primary care nurse practitioner tracks. Clinical seminars and 672-hour clinical preceptorships are designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to practice as nurse practitioners in primary care settings. Due to the program's rural, underserved focus, one of the two preceptorship rotations occurs outside of Albemarle County. Combined tracks are available in community and public health leadership and in psychiatric-mental health. Nearly all of the tracks may be completed in four semesters and one summer of full-time study (the combined psychiatric-mental health and family nurse practitioner track requires additional time. At the completion of the track, students are qualified to write the American Nursing Credentialing Center or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners national certification examinations. Following are required courses for the specific areas of concentration in the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Tracks.

GNUR 550 Pharmacology 4
GNUR 551 Adv. Health Assessment 3
GNUR 564 Nutrition in Health Promotion 2
GNUR 566 Primary Care Seminar I 3
GNUR 567 Primary Care Seminar II 3
GNUR 569 Primary Care Preceptorship I 6
GNUR 570 Primary Care Seminar III 3
GNUR 571 Primary Care Preceptorship II 6
GNUR 574 Role I: Acquisition 1-2
GNUR 575 Role II: Transition 2
GNUR 580 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing 3
GNUR 586 Research and Biostatistical Processes for Health Care 4
GNUR 584 Pathophysiology 4
GNUR 585 Epidemiology in Health Care 3
GNUR 590 Health Policy: Local to Global 3
GNUR 702 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention for Individuals, Families, and Communities 3
GNUR 707 Introduction to Health Informatics 2
  Elective 3

Primary Care: Combined Psychiatric-Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner Track
(70 credits, 1000 clinical hours)

GNUR 550 Pharmacology 4
GNUR 551 Adv. Health Assessment 3
GNUR 566 Primary Care Seminar I 3
GNUR 567 Primary Care Seminar II 3
GNUR 569 Primary Care Preceptorship I 6
GNUR 570 Primary Care Seminar III 3
GNUR 571 Primary Care Preceptorship II 6
GNUR 574 Role I: Acquisition 1-2
GNUR 575 Role II: Transition 2
GNUR 580 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing 3
GNUR 584 Pathophysiology 4
GNUR 585 Epidemiology in Health Care 3
GNUR 586 Research and Biostatistical Processes for Health Care 4
GNUR 590 Health Policy: Local to Global 3
GNUR 702 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention for Individuals, Families, and Communities 3
GNUR 770 Biological Basis of Mental Health/Mental Illness 3
GNUR 771 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Seminar 3
GNUR 773 Theoretical Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 3
GNUR 774 Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum I: Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner 5
GNUR 776 Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum II: Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner 5

Primary Care: Community & Public Health/Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track
(60 credits, 672 clinical hours)

GNUR 550 Pharmacology 4
GNUR 551 Adv. Health Assessment 3
GNUR 566 Primary Care Seminar I 3
GNUR 567 Primary Care Seminar II 3
GNUR 569 Primary Care Preceptorship I 6
GNUR 570 Primary Care Seminar III 3
GNUR 571 Primary Care Preceptorship II 6
GNUR 574 Role I: Acquisition 1-2
GNUR 575 Role II: Transition 2
GNUR 580 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing 3
GNUR 584 Pathophysiology 4
GNUR 585 Epidemiology in Health Care 3
GNUR 586 Research and Biostatistical Processes for Health Care 4
GNUR 590 Health Policy: Local to Global 3
GNUR 700 Community Assessment 3
GNUR 702 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention for Individuals, Families, and Communities 3
GNUR 711 Managing Care in Systems and Populations 3
GNUR 722 Health Care Systems Planning and Evaluation 3

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track (PMHNP)
(52 credits, 500 clinical hours)

This area of concentration prepares nurses for advanced practice in the field of psychiatric-mental health nursing. Students complete core nursing courses, core advanced practice courses, and specialty specific courses. Graduates are able to practice in the PMHNP role, and would be qualified to sit for certification in either area. Major emphasis include the neurostructural, neurochemical, cognitive, behavioral, social, and cultural correlates of psychiatric illness in the context of the advanced practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing. Supervised clinical practice is directed toward applying this emerging scientific knowledge to patient care through psychiatric-mental health nursing interventions including prescriptive practice. Faculty work closely with students to develop individualized clinical experiences in appropriate settings.

GNUR 550 Pharmacology 4
GNUR 551 Advanced Health Assessment 3
GNUR 574 Role I: Acquisition 1-2
GNUR 575 Role II: Transition 2
GNUR 580 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing 3
GNUR 584 Pathophysiology 4
GNUR 585 Epidemiology in Health Care 3
GNUR 586 Research and Biostatistical Processes for Healthcare 4
GNUR 590 Health Policy: Local to Global 3
GNUR 702 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention for individuals, families and communities 3
GNUR 770 Biological Basis of Mental Health 3
GNUR 771 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Seminar 3
GNUR 773 Theoretical Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 3
GNUR 774 Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum I: Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner 5
GNUR 776 Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum II: Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner 5
  Elective 3


Leadership Specialty Tracks

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As health care shifts from hospital-based to community-orientated systems, new opportunities for nursing leadership are becoming abundant. The Community and Public Health Leadership concentration prepares nurses for specialty practice in promoting the health of individuals, families, groups and communities. Emphasis is placed on the development of knowledge and expertise in assessing the health status and health delivery systems of communities and designing nursing interventions to better manage care in complex settings. Courses provide the required knowledge and expertise to plan, implement, and evaluate care in community settings, including public health departments, schools and occupational health programs, home health agencies, and community nursing clinics. Care management strategies to ensure continuity of health service delivery for individuals and groups at the local and global levels are emphasized. International learning experiences are available.

Community/Public Health Leadership Nursing Track
(38 Credits, 504 clinical hours)

GNUR 580 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing 3
GNUR 585 Epidemiology in Health Care 3
GNUR 586 Research and Biostatistical Processes for Health Care 4
GNUR 590 Health Policy: Local to Global 3
GNUR 700 Community Assessment 3
GNUR 702 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention for Individuals, Families, and Communities 3
GNUR 711 Managing Care in Systems and Populations 3
GNUR 722 Health Care Systems Planning and Evaluation 3
GNUR 723 Community/Public Health Leadership Practicum I 3
GNUR 724 Community/Public Health Leadership Practicum II 4
GNUR 792 Resource Management 3
  Elective 3

Health Systems Management Track
(39 Credits)

The Health Systems Management Track is designed to prepare nurses at the graduate level to manage the delivery of nursing and health services across multiple settings and specialty areas. This program provides a unique educational experience to individuals capable of leadership and innovation in a dynamic health care delivery system. Graduates are prepared to assume leadership positions in a variety of health care settings, including public and private sector hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, and long-term facilities.

The curriculum builds on the theoretical knowledge and clinical experience of the bachelor's-prepared nurse. The program emphasizes content fundamental to management, developing competencies needed to analyze managerial problems, and providing resourceful solutions. Students are given special opportunities to acquire the breadth of management knowledge and skills needed to perform effectively at the business and clinical interface of health care delivery organizations. Management-related experience is recommended. Additional information about this program can be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Student Services at the School of Nursing.

GNUR 580 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing 3
GNUR 585 Epidemiology in Health Care 3
GNUR 586 Research and Biostatistical Processes in Healthcare 4
GNUR 590 Health Policy: Local to Global 3
GNUR 702 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention for Individuals, Families, and Communities 3
GNUR 707 Intro. to Health Informatics 2
GNUR 711 Managing Care in Systems and Populations 3
GNUR 722 Health Care Systems Planning and Evaluation 3
GNUR 782 Administrative Practicum I 3
GNUR 784 Administrative Practicum II 3
GNUR 792 Resource Management 3
HES 709 Health Care Economics 3
  Elective 3


M.S.N.-M.B.A. Joint Degree Program

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The School of Nursing and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration offer a joint degree program designed to develop health care agency managers who possess a unique blend of clinical and administrative skills. Graduates of the program are prepared to contribute to health policy development and to assume senior-level positions in hospitals, corporate offices, ambulatory care, and long-term care agencies. The program can be completed in two and one-half years of full-time study. Applicants must be registered nurses holding at least a baccalaureate degree in nursing, and they must meet all admission requirements for both the School of Nursing and the Graduate School of Business Administration. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the School of Nursing Office of Admissions and Student Services.


M.S.N.-M.A. in Bioethics Joint Degree Program

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The School of Nursing collaborates with the School of Medicine, the School of Law, and the Department of Religious Studies to offer a joint Master's Degree in Nursing and Bioethics. Students follow the nursing option to which they are admitted, take required foundational courses in bioethics, and select from additional bioethics courses guided by their area of concentration and discipline. Graduates are prepared as advanced practice nurses with the scholarly basis for addressing bioethical health care practice and policy issues.


 
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