Doctorate of Nursing Practice

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This course focuses on key concepts related to the role of the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) in clinical and healthcare system settings. The nature and practice of biomedical, administrative and population ethics with an emphasis on the application of ethical and social justice frameworks for analysis and decision making for patients, systems, and populations experiencing ethical conundrums.  Students identify topics for capstone projects.

Course objectives:

  1. Analyze the history of nursing education with emphasis on the development of the DNP.
  2. Critique the roles of advanced practice nurses in current healthcare systems.
  3. Analyze communication theories that facilitate collaboration in inter-professional teams.
  4. Examine strategies for initiating and implementing an inter-professional team to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  5. Evaluate collaborative efforts of an inter-professional team.
  6. Prepare to implement advanced nursing roles within the confines of ethics and social justice.

Construct a practice model for a specialized role of a DNP.

First of a two-course sequence focusing on inferential statistics for students interested in understanding quantitative research in the health sciences.  It is designed to enable students to apply experimental-design models toward solving practical problems and improving the efficiency of formulating and providing healthcare services. Educate students to generate, interpret, and evaluate clinical, biomedical, and healthcare-services research.

Course objectives:

  1. Match empirical research questions to statistical methods.
  2. Apply hypothesis-testing models to experimental and quasi-experimental research questions.
  3. Use appropriate probability distributions, including z, t, and F.
  4. Estimate parameters with adequate confidence intervals.
  5. Test hypotheses using a wide variety of statistical models.
  6. Use different versions of analysis of variance as applied to the health sciences.

This course explores the scientific principles and philosophical underpinnings of nursing practice relevant to the role of the DNP. Concepts, models and theories from nursing and other disciplines will be applied to clinical practice problems.  Students will analyze various approaches used in research and evaluate the quality of published research.  Students will develop search strategies to answer questions related to a selected topic of interest.

Course Objectives

  1. Critically analyze the philosophical, theoretical and ethical foundations of advanced nursing practice.
  2. Apply a concept analysis to a practice problem.
  3. Integrate the scientific principles and philosophical underpinnings of nursing practice to a clinical problem.
  4. Evaluate middle range nursing theories for application to clinical practice.

This course provides essential skills for utilizing research to support practice change: assessing practice-based problems, analyzing current evidence, proposing practice changes, and developing plans for implementing evidence-based practice concepts. The role of the advanced practice nurse in collaborative research and dissemination of findings is explored. Emphasis is on ethical, cultural, and financial implications of evidence-based practice and the synthesis of clinical evidence and knowledge translation for point of care decision making and identification of best practice. Students will understand the tools to develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based clinical and administrative programs in nursing and healthcare delivery systems.  The course will culminate in a systematic review of a body of research relevant to a selected topic of interest.

Course objectives:

  1. Use analytic methods to determine and implement the best approaches to advanced practice nursing issues and challenges.
  2. Synthesize theoretical and empirical interdisciplinary evidence to translate, integrate and disseminate knowledge.
  3. Apply relevant evidence-based findings to develop practice guidelines and quality improvement methodologies to promote safe, effective, efficient, equitable, patient centered care. 
  4. Analyze ethical considerations associated with the application of evidence used for decision making.

This course provides a foundation in clinical prevention and population health.  Students will be introduced to culturally proficient care in response to societal needs to improve health outcomes of individuals and populations. This course integrates clinical prevention, screening, behavior change, self-care, disease management, genetics, geriatrics and cultural competency related to the health of populations. An emphasis will be placed evidence- based clinical prevention and population health services.

Course Objectives:

  1. Analyze epidemiological approaches used to address population health and disease prevention.
  2. Analyze interdisciplinary, culturally sensitive, evidence-based nursing interventions that support positive population health outcomes.
  3. Utilize evidence-based nursing interventions and epidemiological methods to design health care for populations.
  4. Examine the business, legal, regulatory, and ethical issues that influence population health initiatives.
  5. Investigate using the principles of epidemiology and public health to address risks to the health of populations.
  6. Analyze data using epidemiological calculations and methods of measurement.
  7. Examine future trends in the management of population and global health.

This course focuses on principles of business, finance, economics, and leadership within health care systems. Students will investigate and analyze theories related to organizational behavior and evaluate and integrate evidence based practice to effect improvements in the dynamics of systems to improve the delivery of healthcare.  Emphasis is placed on using research to analyze the environment and to improve systems at the micro, meso, and macro systems levels. The three major constructs of transformational leadership (self-transformation, patient centered transformation, health systems transformation) will be explored related to health outcomes.

Course objectives:

  1. Develop skills in analyzing organizational data to develop business plans and other financial mechanisms to promote sound financial decisions.
  2. Apply appropriate theories from nursing and related fields in developing strategies to promote organization change and quality patient outcomes.
  3. Utilize team building and coaching functions to effect a positive change at the organizational level.
  4. Analyze the cost-effectiveness of practice initiatives within the context of today's health care environment.
  5. Develop strategies to become a transformational leader.

This on-line course provides present and future nurse leaders with an understanding of health policy as it relates to health care delivery and nursing practice. This course will analyze health policy environments and the rules, structure and settings where policy is developed, as well as the political, economic, technological, national and global environments within which each setting operates. The students will analyze the interaction of the primary health policy individuals or groups including the health care purchasers, health care providers, third party payers, consumers, special interest groups, and professional organizations. Students will assess the atmosphere in which policy is created and how compromise and bargaining shape policy decisions. Throughout the course, current policy initiatives involving health care delivery and nursing will be analyzed. The role of educational, political and organizational healthcare leaders in the change process and in the formation of health care policy decisions will be a theme throughout this course.

Course Objectives

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Differentiate the stages of policy planning, development, implementation and evaluation.
  2. Analyze a policy issue that can be addressed through policy intervention.
  3. Explore the impact of the economic, social, and environmental factors on health care policy.
  4. Relate policy initiatives to healthcare delivery and the area of research interest.
  5. Evaluate ways policy changes may affect future nursing practice, research and theory.

This course focuses on the evaluation and use of information systems technology in healthcare organizations.  Students will explore processes used for collection, analysis, and tracking of quality and safety data.  Students will learn information technology and research methods that collect appropriate and accurate data to generate evidence for practice. They will learn to inform and guide the design of databases to generate meaningful evidence for nursing practice. 

Course objectives:

  1. Utilize methodologies for selection, development, implementation, and evaluation of information systems
  2. Analyze legal, ethical, and regulatory issues related to use, protection, and storage of patient data via information systems and technology.
  3. Critique consumer health information sources for accuracy, timeliness, and appropriateness for nursing leadership
  4. Utilize current technologies in the care environment to safety and quality initiatives.

The cornerstone course will provide students with the tools and the support they require to conduct a scholarly literature review and to develop a clear statement of the problem.  Minimum of 125 hours spent in clinical emersion. Clinical emersion objectives and activities are mutually developed by the student and faculty and based on the standards and objectives provided by a professional nursing organization and certification exam, if available.

Course Objectives:

  1. Systematically investigate a clinical question related to a selected area of nursing practice.
  2. Synthesize nursing and related health policy, quality improvement, economic, ethical, or social theory to the identification of an existing direct clinical care or aggregate population health related problem to be addressed in the DNP capstone project.
  3. Analyze current state of science concerning the identified clinical question.
  4. Investigate the use of a therapeutic intervention within the selected are of clinical specialization, based on nursing and/or other sciences.
  5. Demonstrate advanced clinical judgment, expertise and specialization in a defined content area.
  6. Demonstrate leadership, consultation, advocacy, and interdisciplinary collaboration during the clinical experience.
  7. Integrate expertise in clinical skills in the selected area of specialization, as defined by the appropriate credentialing authority.

This course will provide students with the support and direction needed to develop a comprehensive, site-specific project plan in collaboration with the sponsoring facility. Minimum of 125 hours spent in clinical emersion. Clinical emersion objectives and activities are mutually developed by the student and faculty and based on the standards and objectives provided by a professional nursing organization and certification exam, if available.

Course objectives:

  1. Refine the state of science literature.
  2. Plan the implementation of an innovative therapeutic intervention within the selected are of clinical specialization.
  3. Demonstrate advanced clinical judgment, expertise and specialization in a defined content area.
  4. Demonstrate leadership, consultation, advocacy, and interdisciplinary collaboration during the clinical experience.
  5. Integrate expertise in clinical skills in the selected area of specialization, as defined by the appropriate credentialing authority.

This capstone experience provides opportunity for the student to execute the project plan in collaboration with the sponsoring site.  The experience reflects the interest of the student and is designed to meet individual interests and career goals.  This advanced practice allows the student to learn to manage time and resources, assess implementation issues, and utilize communication and collaboration working with a clinical mentor to implement the project plan. Minimum of 125 hours spent in clinical emersion. Clinical emersion objectives and activities are mutually developed by the student and faculty and based on the standards and objectives provided by a professional nursing organization and certification exam, if available.

Course objectives:

  1. Implement an innovative therapeutic intervention within the selected are of clinical specialization.
  2. Demonstrate advanced clinical judgment, expertise and specialization in a defined content area.
  3. Demonstrate leadership, consultation, advocacy, and interdisciplinary collaboration during the clinical experience.

Integrate expertise in clinical skills in the selected area of specialization, as defined by the appropriate credentialing authority.

This is the final component of the capstone experience.  All but 125 of the required 1,000 clinical hours must be completed prior to starting NSG7450. The course content, as in the other capstone experiences, reflects the interest of the student and is designed to meet individual student needs and career goals.  This final course allows the student, with guidance from mentor and faculty, to complete the clinical project and analyze the scholarly written and oral report to disseminate and integrate new knowledge.  The final products will reflect the student's ability to employ effective communication and collaboration skills, to take a leadership role, to influence health care quality and safety, to evaluate practice, and successfully negotiate change in health care delivery for individuals, families, populations or systems across a broad spectrum of healthcare. Minimum of 125 hours spent in clinical emersion. Clinical emersion objectives and activities are mutually developed by the student and faculty and based on the standards and objectives provided by a professional nursing organization and certification exam, if available.

Course objectives:

  1. Demonstrate advanced clinical judgment, expertise and specialization in a defined content area.
  2. Utilize advanced levels of systems thinking and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve health care quality, safety, and outcomes.
  3. Apply leadership in the development and implementation of patient-driven, institutional, local, state, federal, and/or international health policy in a select content/specialty area.
  4. Evaluate the outcomes of the student implemented innovative therapeutic intervention within the selected are of clinical specialization
  5. Defend the DNP capstone project in a scholarly oral presentation.
  6. Disseminate clinical scholarship through oral and written communication.

This course can be repeated up to 4 times based on the number of hours needed to complete the required 1,000 hours. Clinical emersion objectives and activities are mutually developed by the student and faculty and based on the standards and objectives provided by a professional nursing organization and certification exam, if available.

  1. Demonstrate advanced clinical judgment, expertise and specialization in a defined content area.
  2. Integrate expertise in clinical skills in the selected area of specialization, as defined by the appropriate credentialing authority.
  3. Demonstrate leadership, consultation, advocacy, and interdisciplinary collaboration during the clinical experience.

Utilize advanced levels of systems thinking and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve health care quality, safety, and outcomes.