Nursing

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NURS.5220 Independent Study Health Promotion (Formerly 33.522) Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004574

Health Promotion gerontological clinical practicum is designed to be taken as a co-requisite to 33:611 Gerontological Nursing II didactic, in which the student focuses on comprehensive assessment and diagnosis of health problems in older adults with complex, multi-system health issues. Students utilize evidence-based research to design, implement and evaluate intervention strategies to promote optimum functioning and wellness. Pharmacological and complementary therapies are applied. Client teaching is included.

Co-Req: NURS 6110 Gerontological Nursing II; Pre-Reqs: NURS 6100 Gerontological Nursing I, NURS 6130 Gerontological Nursing Practicum I.

NURS.5520 Social, Cultural and Policy Issues in Health Care (Formerly 33.552) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004575

This course links health and illness to other central domains of life: gender, kinship, and culture within the context of the family, community and the current health care system. It draws on concepts from the social, health, and policy sciences to critically examine factors relating to health and health-seeking behaviors across the life course. Ethical dimensions of health policy formation and implementation are analyzed.

Pre-Reqs: Graduate Certificate or MS in Nursing; or Instructor permission.

NURS.5540 Palliative and End of Life Nursing Care (Formerly 33.554) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 033172

Through didactic, discussion and field experiences, participants in this course explore research and theory related to death, dying, grief, bereavement, and end-of-life-care throughout the lifespan. Personal, professional, cultural, and ethical barriers and facilitators to the provision of palliative care will be examined using a holistic approach. Comfort and restorative care will be considered within the context of the family and the community in a variety of settings where palliative care is provided.

NURS.5580 Geropsychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (Formerly 33.558) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 030343

The focus of this course is on the nursing care of older adults with psychiatric and mental health problems. This course promotes a holistic approach to mental health care of older adults within the community and long-term care setting. Nursing implications of psychopharmacology, behavioral, and complementary interventions will be discussed. Community resources for older adults with psychiatric and mental health problems will be explored.

NURS.5590 Advanced Pharmacology (Formerly 33.559) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004577

This nursing course focuses on clinical pharmacology and the mechanisms of drug action which determine therapeutic efficacy in clinical practice. Content includes basic pathophysiology, clinical pharmacology and monitoring parameters and standards of practice. Emphasis is given to implications of patient safety, patient diversity and patient teaching.

NURS.6000 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice (Formerly 33.600) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004578

Course focuses on the analysis, critique, and application of theory as a basis for advanced practice nursing. Relationships among theories, research, and nursing practice are emphasized.

NURS.6010 Research for Evidence-Based Practice (Formerly 33.601) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004579

Course focuses on the critique of research studies for the purpose of determining implications for evidence-based practice. The research process will be applied to researchable nursing problems. The role of frameworks, ethics, research designs, sampling theory, and measurement strategies are emphasized.

Pre-req or Co-req: NURS.6000 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice.

NURS.6020 Clinical Psychopharmacology (Formerly 33.602) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 032567

This survey course aims to educate advanced practice nurses for safe and effective prescribing practices in the treatment of psychiatric illnesses. The course utilizes a symptom management framework that integrates concepts from normative psychobiology with pathophysiology of the psychiatric diseases. From this perspective, emphasis is placed on gaining a fundamental understanding of the hypothesized compliment between the pathophysiologic basis of the disease state and mechanism of action of the drug treatment as a basis for rational selection of pharmacologic treatment. Current standards of practice and treatment algorithms are emphasized in helping the student to develop a working knowledge of psychopharmacology for the practice arena.

NURS.6100 Adult Gerontological Nursing I (Formerly 33.610) Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 004580

The focus of this course is on the advanced practice nursing role in the holistic assessment and management of health problems of the adult and older adult within a family and community context. Evidence-based strategies to prevent and treat common health problems and to maintain and promote health through the application of advanced knowledge, theory, relevant research and critical decision making are emphasized. Community resources, pharmacological therapies, and complementary strategies are addressed.

Pre-req: HSCI 5500 Human Development and Pathophysiology, and NURS 6510 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning, and Co-req: NURS 6130 Adult Gerontological Nursing Practicum I.

NURS.6110 Adult Gerontological Nursing II (Formerly 33.611) Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 004581

The focus of this course is on health promotion and biopsychosocial well-being of young, middle aged and older adults from diverse cultures. Utilizing current scientific research, physical/natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities, implications for advanced nursing interventions and health policy are identified. Principles of pharmacology and pharmacological therapies, and complementary therapies are addressed.

Pre-req: NURS 6100 Adult Gerontological Nursing I, and NURS 6130 Adult Gerontological Nursing Practicum I, and Co-req: NURS 6140 Gerontological Nursing Practicum II.

NURS.6120 Adult/Gerontological Nursing III (Formerly 33.612) Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 004582

This capstone course builds on the adult/gerontological nursing curriculum of the previous three semesters. Issues related to health care policy and legislation relative to their impact on the role of the nurse practitioner within primary care are analyzed. Advanced knowledge of the management of complex health issues is integrated in nursing practice. Transition to the role of the advanced practice nurse is examined and actualized through an intensive, precepted, clinical experience.

NURS.6130 Adult Gerontological Nursing Practicum I (Formerly 33.613) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004583

This course focuses on comprehensive assessment and diagnosis of health problems in adults and older adults with complex, multi-system health issues, Students utilize evidence-based research to design, implement and evaluate intervention strategies to promote optimum functioning and wellness. Pharmacological and complementary therapies are applied. Group leadership, client and peer teaching are included.

Pre-req: NURS 6510 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning, and HSCI 5500 Human Development and Pathophysiology, and Co-req: NURS 6100 Adult Gerontological Nursing I.

NURS.6140 Adult-Gerontological Nursing Practicum II (Formerly 33.614) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004584

The focus of this course is on promotion of biopsychosocial well-being of adults and older adults through comprehensive assessment of health, the diagnosis of age-related changes and health problems, and the design, implementation and evaluation of pharmacologic and complementary intervention strategies. The application of scientific knowledge, theory and research findings to clinical practice is emphasized.

Pre-req: NURS 6100 Adult Gerontological Nursing I, and NURS 6130 Adult Gerontological Nursing Practicum I, and Co-req: NURS 6110 Adult Gerontological Nursing II.

NURS.6510 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (Formerly 33.651) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004592

This course focuses on the development of advanced critical thinking and clinical judgment skills through comprehensive health assessment. Health promotion and health maintenance content, including relevant research findings are utilized to evaluate health status and to evaluate health risk among individuals and groups. Age, gender, and cultural variations in health and implications for advanced practice are included. Advanced practice health assessment skills are developed and refined.

Pre/Co-Req: HSCI.5500 Human Development and Pathophysiology; matriculated in Nursing MS program.

NURS.6600 Family Health Nursing I (Formerly 33.660) Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 004593

Focus is on the advanced practice-nursing role in the holistic assessment and management of health problems of the family across the lifespan within a family and community context. Evidence-based strategies to prevent and treat common health problems and to maintain and promote health through the application of advanced knowledge; theory, relevant research and critical decision-making are emphasized. Community resources, pharmacological therapies, and complementary strategies are addressed.

Pre-req: HSCI 5500 Human Development and Pathophysiology, and NURS 6510 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning, and Co-req: NURS 6630 Family Health Nursing Practicum I.

NURS.6610 Family Health Nursing II (Formerly 33.661) Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 004594

The focus of this course is on health promotion and management of common health issues pertaining to woman and to infants, children, and adolescents. Based on current scientific research, students develop skills in analyzing data, differential diagnosis, and developing holistic plans of care that address the health promotion, illness prevention, and primary care needs of a wide-variety of client populations.

Pre-req: NURS 6600 Family Health Nursing I, and NURS 6630 Family Health Nursing Practicum I, and Co-req: NURS 6640 Family Health Nursing Practicum II.

NURS.6620 Family Health Nursing III (Formerly 33.662) Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 004595

This capstone course builds on the family nursing curriculum of the previous three semesters. Issues related to health care policy and legislation relative to their impact on the role of the nurse practitioner within primary care are analyzed. Advanced knowledge of the management of complex health issues is integrated into nursing practice. Transition to the role of the advanced practice nurse is examined and actualized through an intensive, precepted, clinical experience.

NURS.6630 Family Health Nursing Practicum I (Formerly 33.663) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004596

The focus of this course is on the advanced practice-nursing role in the holistic assessment and management of health problems of the family across the lifespan within a family and community context. Evidence-based strategies to prevent and treat common health problems and to maintain and promote health through the application of advanced knowledge, theory, relevant research and critical decision-making are emphasized. Community resources, pharmacological therapies, and complementary strategies are addressed.

Pre-req: HSCI 5500 Human Development and Pathophysiology, and NURS 6510 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning, and Co-req: NURS 6600 Family Health I.

NURS.6640 Family Health Nursing Practicum II (Formerly 33.664) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004597

This course focuses on health promotion, illness prevention, and treatment through the comprehensive assessment and management of common health issues of infants, children, adolescents and woman in the context of family and social environments. Application of theory, knowledge, and research findings to clinical practice is emphasized. The utilization of current clinical technologies is introduced.

Pre-req: NURS 6600 Family Health Nursing I, and NURS 6630 Family Health Nursing Practicum I, and Co-req: NURS 6610 Family Health Nursing II.

NURS.6770 Thesis Review (Formerly 33.677) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 035266

NURS.6890 Scholarly Project/Capstone (Formerly 33.689) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 035746

This capstone project affords the student the opportunity for further knowledge development in an area of interest and learning need. The faculty-guided experience involves the development of a scholarly project which may involve a number of options: a scholarly review of the literature in a specific area; development of clinical teaching materials related to some dimension of sleep and/or sleep disorders; or a translational research project whereby a body of current research is interpreted for application to practice. The project will be negotiated with the faculty of record to meet the objectives of the course.

Pre-Req: 33.688 Clinical Assessment & intervention in Sleep Dysregulation.

NURS.7010 Philosophy of Science (Formerly 33.701) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004609

This course provides doctoral students in nursing with philosophical perspectives in science, the nature of knowledge and its development, nursing knowledge development and philosophical underpinning to theory development, methods in scientific inquiry.

NURS.7020 Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion (Formerly 33.702) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004610

Study of the multidisciplinary theories, which direct or have the potential to direct inquiry in health promotion. Course content is derived from nursing, anthropology, psychology, sociology, economics, medicine and managemen

NURS.7060 Measurement in Health & Behavioral Research (Formerly 33.706) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004614

This course provides students with theoretical principles of measurement and design in health and behavioral research. The strategies, techniques, and issues in the development and administration of survey instruments will be critically examined. Psychometric properties using standardized approaches to measurement will be analyzed.

NURS.7070 Epidemiology of Health Promotion (Formerly 33.707) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004615

This course provides an in-depth exploration of the concepts and methods of epidemiological research. Students will critique the principles of epidemiology with an emphasis on health promotion research. Students will analyze and develop epidemiological approaches, which seek to promote health and prevent disease.

NURS.7130 Curriculum and Teaching In Nursing (Formerly 33.713) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004621

The focus of this course is on development, implementation, and evaluation of nursing curricula and academic courses. Contemporary theories of learning are applied to analysis of student learning needs, teaching strategies and educational methodologies. This course is intended for those nursing students post-MS or enrolled in doctoral study who wish to teach in the academic and/or practice environment. However, students in a MS program who are interested may register for the course with permission.

Pre-Req: Graduate level or Instructor permission.

NURS.7150 Independent Study (Formerly 33.715) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004623

The study of highly specific content area related to the student's dissertation topic. Course objectives and projects are jointly designed by student and faculty member. No more than 1 independent study is acceptable as cognate credit.

NURS.7160 Qualitative Methods (Formerly 33.716) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004624

The study of predominating qualitative methodology in the health sciences literature. Emphasis is on phenomenology, ethnography, life history/narrative, critical incidents, grounded theory, case study, and associated methodologies

NURS.7170 Evaluation Research (Formerly 33.717) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004625

This course focus is on the basic concepts of evaluation research and their application to education, health and social programs. Specific design and analytic approaches that effect quality evaluation research will be reviewed. Students will design a mock evaluation study. Prerequisites: Completion of a graduate level research methods course

NURS.7180 Independent Study (Formerly 33.718) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 036594

NURS.7300 Quantitative Research Methods and Grantsmenship (Formerly 33.730) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 037483

This course introduces students to strategies and methods in research including an analysis of theoretical and empirical links, operationalization of concepts, research design, and ethics in behavioral research. Students will identify appropriate funding sources and complete a research grant application.

NURS.7310 Health Promotion Research (Formerly 33.731) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 037484

This course focuses on interdisciplinary health promotion research that targets diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities/society. Students will identify and analyze ethical issues, philosophical and conceptual underpinnings, measurement principles and major gaps in current knowledge in nursing and health promotion. Students will critique research approaches to health promotion studies and propose a research study in a topic relevant to health promotion.

NURS.7330 Graduate Project - Nursing (Formerly 33.733) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004637

Course focus is on application of the nursing research process. The student actively engages in at least two aspects of research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The course product has practical implications for nursing practice.

NURS.7370 Advanced Qualitative Methods (Formerly 33.737) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 037486

This course will focus on the in-depth historical and philosophical underpinnings of qualitative research. The student will examine and critique various analytic qualitative methods. The student will complete a project incorporating qualitative analysis using a qualitative software program.

Pre-req: NURS.7160 Qualitative Methods.

NURS.7380 Mentored Research Experience (Formerly 33.738) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 037485

In this course students participate in a mentored research experience. Opportunities are provided for the application of research skills using an interdisciplinary approach. Students conduct health promotion research and undertake a leadership role in the dissemination of culturally competent scholarship to improve nursing and health promotion practice.

Pre-req: NURS.7300 Quantitative Research Methods and Grantsmanship.

NURS.7390 Mentored Research Experience (Formerly 33.739) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004641

In this course, students participate in a mentored research experience. Students actively contribute as a member of a research study that will contribute to scientific knowledge. Opportunities are provided for the application of research skills and the dissemination of research with an emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach. This course also includes a monthly seminar, which focuses on ethical underpinnings, cultural considerations and disparities in health research.

NURS.7430 Master's Thesis - Nursing (Formerly 33.743) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004642

Course focus is on the application of the full research process to a topic relevant to nursing practice and/or health outcomes. The student is expected to propose, conduct and defend the study under the guidance of a designated faculty thesis committee.

NURS.7530 Doctoral Dissertation (Formerly 33.753) Credits: 1-6

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 6
Course ID 004645

A structured series of sequenced seminars which guides students through dissertation proposal development, defense, collection and analysis of data. The first seminar concludes with the development of Chapters I and II of the dissertation; the second seminar concludes with defense of the proposal; and the the third seminar culminates in the development of discussion and conclusions of the dissertation effort.

NURS.7560 Doctoral Dissertation (Formerly 33.756) Credits: 6

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 004646

A structured series of sequenced seminars which guides students through dissertation proposal development, defense, collection and analysis of data. The first seminar concludes with the development of Chapters I and II of the dissertation; the second seminar concludes with defense of the proposal; and the third seminar culminates in the development of discussion and conclusions of the dissertation effort.

NURS.7590 Doctoral Dissertation (Formerly 33.759) Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 033003

A structured series of sequenced seminars which guides students through dissertation proposal development, defense, collection and analysis of data. The first seminar concludes with the development of Chapters I and II of the dissertation; the second seminar concludes with defense of the proposal; and the the third seminar culminates in the development of discussion and conclusions of the dissertation effort.

NURS.7610 Continued Grad Research (Formerly 33.761) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 039436

Continued Grad Research

NURS.7630 Continued Graduate Research (Formerly 33.763) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004647

NURS.7690 Continued Graduate Research (Formerly 33.769) Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 004650

NURS.7700 Evidence Appraisal (Formerly 33.770) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 035090

In this course the student will explore the role of the DNP in evaluating evidence to inform practice. The student will also identify a critical issue or influential trend within the health care system that impacts health care delivery. Methods relevant to reviewing, analyzing, synthesizing, and applying evidence from the scientific literature will be discussed. Models of systematic reviews of the literature will be explored and implemented. Decisions will be made relative to the student's topical area of interest and identification of the Scholarly Project Chair.

Pre-req: NURS.7070 Epidemiology of Health Promotion, and Must be a matriculating student in DNP program or needs permission of instructor.

NURS.7710 Advanced Nursing Leadership and Management (Formerly 33.771) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 035091

This course consists of a seminar and leadership experience. The seminar will explore the major concepts in leadership and management and their application in the health care setting. The role of DNP will also be discussed in terms of leadership in the health policy, education, and clinical settings. A leadership project will be completed by the end of the semester.

NURS.7720 Scholarly Project Implementation (Formerly 33.772) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 035092

In this course, the student will implement the Scholarly Project according to DNP Scholarly Project guidelines. Building on the previous semesters; course work and proposal design, students will meet in seminar every other week on campus to share progress on the project and to discuss issues related to implementation. Seminars will serve to guide students through the phases of the scholarly project implementation and evaluation.

Pre-Req: NURS.7700 Evidence-Based Practice.

NURS.7730 Evidence Dissemination, Advocacy & Policy (Formerly 33.773) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004651

this course will include a weekly seminar. The students will complete the scholarly project by undertaking dissemination activities. The student will analyze policies influencing DNP practice and quality, cost, and access to health care and participate in the policy making process.

Pre-req: NURS 7700 Evidence Appraisal, NURS 7720 Scholarly Project Implementation, NURS 7740 Scholarly Project Design.

NURS.7740 Scholarly Project Design (Formerly 33.774) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 037475

In this course, the student will design and present the Scholarly Project proposal. Students will meet biweekly with the scholarly project chair to develop the DNP scholarly project using knowledge acquired in previous course work. Students will complete a University of Massachusetts Lowell Institutional Review Board application that considers ethical and cultural issues related to the scholarly project.

Pre-Req: NURS.7700 Evidence-Based Practice.

NURS.7750 DNP Practicum (Formerly 33.775) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 037476

In this course the student will be involved in individualized practical experiences to assist in meeting doctoral competencies. The foci may include direct clinical care practicum, or non-clinical practicum experiences with populations, systems, organizations, and/or policy.

NURS.7770 Independent Study: Practicum in Nursing Education (Formerly 33.777) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 033361

In this independent study practicum students will apply knowledge of curriculum and teaching in nursing in an educational setting under the mentorship of a nursing faculty member. Students will actively engage in curriculum development, evaluation and refinement, course preparation, classroom and clinical teaching, and student evaluation. The nurse educator role will be explored.

NURS.7930 Cooperative Education (Formerly 33.793) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 037139