Not all courses are offered every term. Current term offerings are listed in the Annual Learning Opportunities Inventory (LOI) for Nursing Students
Courses are 3 credits unless listed otherwise.
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This course explores the evolution of knowledge development in nursing. Theory is analyzed as a foundation for nursing practice, research, administration and education. Students will discover strategies to facilitate the process of theory development. Course topics include nursing’s metaparadigm, philosophy of nursing, philosophy of science, nursing’s unique body of knowledge and ways of knowing. Students will synthesize what they have learned about nursing knowledge development to create a personal nursing practice framework.
Students explore bioethics and integrate principles of ethical decision making and professional behaviors into leadership roles. The roles to be identified, critiqued and evaluated are clinician, advocate, educator, researcher, expert, leader, manager, innovator and consultant. Traditional ethical systems and historic perspectives are examined in light of bioethical decision making and contrasted with practice-based ethics. Students learn how to objectively and systematically make and validate bioethical decisions in the nursing and health care environment. Scope of practice legalities and advanced ethical decision making from a practice-based perspective will be introduced and discussed as it relates to various roles and leadership as a master's prepared nurse.
This graduate-level course will focus on the knowledge required by nurses to utilize research findings, to provide high-quality health care, initiate change and improve nursing practice. Examination, analyses and evaluation of ethical principles, current literature, research designs and methodologies including quantitative, qualitative perspectives will be discussed. The investigation of scientific inquiry, problem identification, use of theoretical frameworks, ethics, measurement, data collection and analysis and dissemination will be integrated into a research proposal based on a specific health care issue of interest.
This course covers the evolution and theoretical basis of nursing and health care informatics, including concepts of data, information, knowledge and wisdom. The course explores applications in health care informatics, the use of technology and implications for clinical practice, administration, education and research. Concepts and application of relational database technology are introduced. Interprofessional issues in health care informatics are examined. Students will develop competencies in information management for knowledge-based practice in various health care settings to enhance patient care and nursing practice.
This course explores a variety of issues facing contemporary health care professionals. The course outcomes focus on preparing the student to participate in the design and implementation of cost-effective care while managing human, fiscal and health care resources in a variety of health care systems in a time of health care reform.
This graduate course will advance understanding of population health in the United States and globally from an interprofessional perspective. Students will explore determinants of health and healthcare disparities using a variety of conceptual frameworks, models, and theories. Distributions and patterns of health outcomes across populations will be analyzed. Responsibilities of master’s prepared nurses in addressing health policy issues and employing advocacy strategies to promote optimal health outcomes will be examined.
This course focuses on advanced pathophysiological knowledge needed to assess acute and chronic health problems, to advance critical thinking skills to understand the aims of clinical and pharmacological interventions and to support decisions for restoring and maintaining health across the lifespan. Recent scientific advances will be discussed with application to new approaches to disease and symptom management. Particular attention will be given to etiology, pathogenesis, developmental and environmental influences, and clinical manifestations of major health problems. Interrelationships between clinical pathophysiology and basic physiology will be discussed at the genetic, cellular, organ and multi-organ systems levels as appropriate. There is emphasis on phenomena such as genetic changes and chronic inflammation that are underlying to variety of disorders.
This course integrates advanced principles of pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacogenomics to improve health outcomes across the lifespan. Cultural and ethical factors related to pharmacological use will be discussed. These principles will be examined within the context of the nurse educator role. This course does not satisfy advanced pharmacology requirements for advanced practice registered nurses that include nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse practitioner.
The purpose of this course is to enhance existing assessment skills and learn new information which can be applied to a clinical or academic setting. Building on undergraduate health and physical assessment knowledge and skills, this course prepares the student to: conduct a comprehensive patient interview, perform a complete physical examination, and present the resultant findings in an organized manner. The assessments will include data related to state of wellness, illness and chronic conditions. Cultural, familial, and psychosocial factors will be assessed during the health history and findings will be aggregated, evaluated, and documented to assure continuity of care. As a cumulative course activity, students will create a project that focuses on the instruction and techniques of history taking and physical examination. This course is intended for nurse educators, not advanced practice registered nurses (nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse practitioner).
Nursing curricula and program development are dynamic and ever changing processes. A nursing program of study is responsive to internal and external stakeholders where individual courses represent an integrative whole curriculum. This graduate level course examines curriculum history in nursing education, development, and future trends. Course activities focus on curriculum design, including the development of an undergraduate or graduate nursing program of study. An in-depth review of professional nursing evaluation and accreditation processes is provided. Dialogue pertaining to curriculum development and evaluation will take place via asynchronous discussions and collaborative learning activities.
Instructional design and teaching with technology can be simplified to how we teach and how we learn. This graduate-level course prepares students to apply theoretical concepts of education and learning to teaching in nursing. Course topics will include fundamentals of instructional design, theories of teaching and learning, instructional design models, technology use in education and learner diversity. Design considerations for technology-based instruction will be addressed in this course. This is a Web-enhanced course and learners will be able to adapt course material to a classroom setting.
Measurement, assessment and evaluation in nursing education are the focus of this course. Students will learn methods to assess and evaluate learning in multiple ways. Various approaches to program evaluation will be explored as well as legal and ethical issues relevant to assessment and evaluation processes.
The online Nursing Education Capstone course, engages students in didactic and online activities as a culminating program requirement. Together these experiences provide a framework for examining the Nurse Educator role and responsibilities. The student will engage in a 45 hour practicum experience collaborating with nurse faculty in various aspects of the practice environment. Synthesis of curriculum, instructional, and evaluative theories and knowledge is emphasized through learning activities. Focus is placed in the application of teaching and nurse educator competencies.
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This course will focus on the influence of economic factors in the delivery of healthcare services. Consideration of quality, safety and assuring positive patient outcomes will be discussed. In addition, components of financial management such as budget development for operational and capital budgets, cost analysis, human resource allocation and staffing, and payment systems will be explored as they related to the nurse administrator role.
This is a graduate level course designed for nursing administration students to explore, critique, and analyze organizational behavior and human resources management. Using a multidisciplinary approach, students in this course will draw on both the literature and their experiences to better understand the value that differing organizational structures and processes have on an organization’s performance and outcomes. Students will interpret the political and cultural dynamics inherent to all organizations with an emphasis on managing personnel relations and leading organizations strategically. A combination of probing discussion questions, case study analysis, and reflective journal writing will be utilized as learning methods in this course.
This course will focus on innovative design and leadership strategies to create and improve healthcare organizations. Within the context of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act the course examines current trends in the design of healthcare systems across the healthcare continuum. The course builds on an understanding of organizational theory and healthcare finance to highlight how best practice leadership strategies can promote sustainable organizations in a dynamic healthcare environment.
In the course students engage in didactic and online activities as a culminating program requirement. In addition to these activities students will engage in a 45 hour practicum working with nurse administrators in various aspects of the practice environment. Synthesis of concepts related to organizational behavior and human resource management, healthcare finance, and innovative leadership are explored. Focus is placed on application of leadership and nurse administrator competencies.
The RN to BSN, MS in Nursing Education, and MS in Nursing Administration programs at Empire State College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
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