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Empowering a new generation of nursing leaders: Direct Entry MSN courses

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Course sequence and descriptions

Semester 1 – 15 credits

MSN 600B: Orientation to MSN Program – 0 credits

Online Independent Study. Before beginning the program, students engage in online activities to become oriented to Alverno College and the DEMSN program. Includes completion of CastleBranch requirements. There is a course fee associated with this course.

N 500: Professional Nursing Practice Essentials – 3 credits

Students in this course are introduced to professional roles in nursing and health care. The focus is on public policy, professionalism, self-awareness, self-care, personal and professional values, and ethics. Students also learn effective social interaction skills that prepare them to work in groups and to manage conflict in both group and interpersonal interactions.

This course will explore the concept of health/wellness at personal, community, state and global levels. Using theories, frameworks and models, this course will highlight population health and the role of the nurse. Key concepts will include a focus on health promotion, disease prevention and cultural awareness.

Also included in this course will be: an overview of nursing standards (ANA, QSEN, etc.); differences in nursing (academic levels); DNP & PhD perspectives and other advanced nurse practice roles; licensure; the NCLEX; the Code of Ethics for Nurses; the Guide to Nursing’s Social Policy Statement; legal aspects, overview of other health care professionals; the health care system; and health promotion combination course.

N 520: Health Assessment & Clinical Skills – 3 credits

Students will learn physical assessment skills and clinical nursing skills, including: hygiene management, patient transfer and mobility, intravenous skills, medication administration, tracheotomy care, central line care, nasogastric tube care, foley/catheter care, and wound/ostomy care. Students will apply these skills as appropriate in a clinical setting or clinical simulation.

N 520P: Health Assessment & Clinical Skills – 2 credits

Students will learn essential nursing skills, health history, physical assessment and patient safety through using the nursing process. Learning techniques will include demonstrations, practice and return demonstrations in a skills classroom. Students will then be given the opportunity to take a health history and perform health assessment skills in a clinical setting with older adults.

N 521: Pharmacology: Nursing Connections – 3 credits

Students will examine human disease mechanisms, biologic processes, medication therapy, alternative treatments, and important nursing and patient considerations. Students will incorporate pharmacologic principles in the nursing care of patients receiving medications. Application of the nursing process to the safe and effective use of medications will be emphasized.

BI 338: Physiological Mechanisms Disease – 4 credits

This course deals primarily with the physiological bases of illness and the treatments used. Starting from the principles of physiology, students will learn to understand disease in terms of the damage it causes to the body, the body’s attempt to compensate and methods used to help the body compensate. Students will use and interpret the technical terminology associated with disease and its treatment.

Semester 2 – 16 credits

N 525: Theories of Holistic Nursing Management A – 2 credits

Drawing on prior learning, students will apply the nursing process to holistically examine health promotion and nursing care of individuals’ response to experiencing acute and chronic conditions involving the cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal systems. Students will integrate concepts of evidence-based practice in the care of individuals with acute and chronic conditions. The concepts of prevention and promotion will be applied throughout the course.

Completed: BI 338, N 500, N 520, N 520P, N 521.

The following courses must be complete or taken concurrently: N 527, N 529, N 530, N 535, N 545.

N 527: Theories of Holistic Nursing Management B – 2 credits

Drawing on prior learning, students will apply the nursing process to holistically examine health promotion and nursing care of individuals’ response to experiencing acute and chronic conditions involving the endocrine, gastric and immunological systems. Students will integrate concepts evidence-based practice in the care of individuals with acute and chronic conditions. Based practice in the care of individuals with acute and chronic conditions. The concepts of prevention and promotion will be applied throughout the course

Completed: BI 338, N 500, N 520, N 520P, N 521.

The following courses must be complete or taken concurrently: N 525, N 529, N 530, N 535, N 545.

N 529: Clinical Nursing Practice I – 4 credits

In this course, students will learn to demonstrate application of the nursing process, incorporating theoretical concepts among a variety of populations in various environments. They will also learn to collaborate and communicate effectively as a member of the multidisciplinary health care team to improve patient outcomes. As the semester progresses, they will refine their communication and collaboration skills as they provide nursing care to a variety of patient populations in various environments, as well as expand their role as a member of the health care team to improve patient outcomes.

Completed: BI 338, N 500, N 520, N 520P, N 521.

The following courses must be complete or taken concurrently: N 525, N 527, N 530, N 535, N 545.

N 530: Nursing Inquiry: Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement – 3 credits

In this course, students will build upon their prior knowledge of the scientific method and the basic statistics course to investigate best nursing practices. This is how the best nursing practices of research findings are combined with clinical expertise and patient values.

Students will focus on delivery of competent, evidence-based nursing care and the continuous improvement of quality and safety in health care systems. Students will learn the critical skills necessary to analyze health care data to determine patterns and explore causal and relational links that might impact health delivery systems.

Completed: N 500, N 520, N 520P, N 521.

The following courses must be complete or taken concurrently: N 525, N 527, N 529, N 535, N 545.

N 535: Theories of Holistic Nursing Management C – 2 credits

Drawing on prior learning, students will apply the nursing process to holistically examine the health promotion and nursing care involving an individual’s response to experiencing acute and chronic conditions of the musculoskeletal, neurological, integumentary and sensory systems. Students will integrate concepts of evidence-based practice in the care of individuals with acute and chronic conditions. The concepts of prevention and promotion will be applied throughout the course.

Completed: BI 338, N 500, N 520, N 520P, N 521.

The following courses must be completed or taken concurrently: N 525, N 527, N 529, N 530, N 545.

N 545: Nursing Management: Women and Children – 3 credits

Students will apply the nursing process to holistically examine health promotion and nursing care of the childbearing and childrearing family. Principles of best evidence will be accurately applied in determining appropriate care of the childbearing and childrearing family during antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, neonatal and pediatric care.

Completed: BI 338, N 500, N 520, N 520P, N 521.

The following courses must be complete or taken concurrently: N 525, N 527, N 529, N 530, N 535.

Semester 3 – 18 credits

N 546: Nursing Management of Aging Adults D – 2 credits

This course addresses health promotion, health protection, and disease prevention and treatment in adult-geriatric individuals and populations, including the frail elderly. There is an emphasis on management of episodic and chronic health problems experienced by geriatric patients. Students are expected to build upon knowledge gained in prior courses, applying theoretical frameworks, cultural and generational perspectives, ethical principles, current evidence, and other factors important to the elderly.

Completed: N 525, N 527, N 529, N 530, N 535, N 545.

The following courses must be complete or taken concurrently: N 555, N 556, N 565, MSN 605.

N 555: Nursing Leadership and Policy, the Health Care System, and Transition to Practice – 3 credits

This course emphasizes personal leadership development in the context of ever-changing complex organizations and environments. Students will critically examines current and emerging health issues in global health. Students will integrate many facets of leadership and the skill sets needed to facilitate change. Students advocate for policies and strategies that maintain or improve health outcomes for diverse populations especially considering organizational structures and the economics of health care.

Completed: N 525, N 527, N 529, N 530, N 535, N 545.

The following courses must be complete or taken concurrently: N 546, N 556, N 565, MSN 605.

N 556: Nursing in Complex Clients and Communities – 3 credits

Building on previous coursework, theoretical concepts and best practices, students create approaches to nursing care within complex patient populations and health situations in local, national and global contexts. Students will be challenged to synthesize multiple factors associated with complexity, consider dynamic interrelationships, and design innovative strategies to care for diverse populations and cultures. In doing so, students must consider available resources and constraints.

N 557: Nursing in Complex Communities – 3 credits

Building on previous coursework, theoretical concepts, and best practices, the student creates approaches to nursing care within complex patient populations and health situations in local, national, and global contexts. The student will be challenged to synthesize multiple factors associated with complexity, consider dynamic interrelationships, and design innovative strategies to care for diverse populations and cultures.   In doing so, the student must consider available resources and constraints.

Completed: N 525, N 527, N 529, N 530, N 535, N 545.

The following courses must be completed or taken concurrently: N 546, N 555, N 565, MSN 605.

N 565: Clinical Nursing Practice II – 3 credits

In simulated and community environments, students will integrate, apply and evaluate advanced nursing science concepts in professional practice. Refining their clinical judgment abilities, students will craft interventions appropriate to the unique needs of individuals, groups or populations. Students will generate and implement new and innovative strategies.

Completed: N 525, N 527, N 529, N 530, N 535, N 545.

The following courses must be completed or taken concurrently: N 546, N 555, N 556, MSN 605.

MSN 605: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology – 3 credits

Students will use theory and research to explore the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common diseases for individuals across the lifespan and study variations in physiological health and illness processes attributable to age, race, culture, ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status. They will focus on the generalized stress response, atherosclerosis, diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome. They also will examine the physiology underlying these diseases and how they are altered by genetic factors and age. They also will explore a variety of geriatric syndromes and the influence of stress, inflammation and genetics throughout the semester. They will read and discuss primary literature and examine how new analyses of genes and fundamental physiology help health care providers understand how different people respond to different drug regimes. Prior knowledge of basic physiology and pathophysiology is required.

Completed: N 525, N 527, N 529, N 530, N 535, N 545.

The following courses must be complete or taken concurrently: N 546, N 555, N 556, N 565.

N 522: Ethics for the Nurses – 1 credit

Students will start with an examination of their own moral decision making, then ethical models and frameworks will be introduced. Ethical decision-making processes will be discussed as they relate to the role of the advanced practice nurse, then applied to practice situations including informed consent and end-of-life issues. The role of ethics committees and consultations will be explored.

Semester 4 – 16 credits

MSN 614: Nursing Research and Scholarship – 3 credits

Students will develop research skills to facilitate use of knowledge that promotes high-quality health care to clients, initiates change, and improves nursing education and advanced practice. These skills include the ability to: critically evaluate the appropriateness and usefulness of research; identify problems in practice settings and develop strategies to address the problems through application of research findings or creation of practice guidelines; and relate study findings to practice outcomes. Ethical principles and practices in the conduct of nursing research with human subjects will be explored.

Completed: N 546, N 555, N 556, N 565, MSN 605.

The following courses must be complete or taken concurrently: MSN 618, MSN 627, MSN 628, MSN 628P, MSN 755.

MSN 618: Population Based Health – 3 credits

This course introduces students to health promotion fundamentals in advanced practice nursing. Basic epidemiological principles are discussed as they relate to population-based health. Local, national and international health promotion goals will be examined with emphasis on cultural competence, environmental principles, individual assessment and evidence-based practice. Students will continue to explore the concepts of interprofessional and patient-centered care as they relate to the leadership role of the APRN. Students will analyze and describe health information technologies and data sources that promote safe practice environments, patient safety, cost effectiveness and optimal population health outcomes.

Completed: N 546, N 555, N 556, N 565, MSN 605, MSN 614.

The following courses must be complete or taken concurrently: MSN 627, MSN 628, MSN 628P, MSN 755.

MSN 631: Advanced Health and Physical Assessment – 3 credits

Students will examine and apply advanced health and physical assessment techniques and theories in the collaborative care of culturally diverse individuals, families and communities with an emphasis on adult-gerontology populations. They will use differential diagnoses to identify physical and/or psychological illness findings suggesting current and possible pathology given lifestyle practices and the health-seeking behavior of clients families and communities. Prior knowledge and experience of basic health and physical assessment techniques are required.

Completed: N 546, N 555, N 556, N 565, MSN 605, MSN 614.

The following courses must be complete or taken concurrently: MSN 618, MSN 628, MSN 628P, MSN 755.

MSN 632: Advanced Nursing Theory I – 3 credits

Students will apply their knowledge of general nursing principles to individuals and/or groups with acute conditions or exacerbation of chronic conditions.

Completed: N 546, N 555, N 556, N 565, MSN 605.

The following courses must be completed or taken concurrently: MSN 614, MSN 618, MSN 627, MSN 628P, MSN 755.

MSN 632P: Clinical Nursing Practice III – 4 credits

Students will continue to refine nursing practice in an acute care setting, managing multiple patients, working with minimal supervision, growing in independence and engaging in collaborative teams.

Completed: N 546, N 555, N 556, N 565, MSN 605.

The following courses must be complete or taken concurrently: MSN 614, MSN 618, MSN 627, MSN 628, MSN 755.

Semester 5 – 12 credits

MSN 629: Roles, Interprofessional Teams and Theories – 2 credits

Students will explore current and emerging roles of master’s-prepared nurses in various settings, including required competencies, scope of practice and issues of specialization. Students will also examine the evolving theoretical foundations of the nursing profession through the exploration of nursing and related disciplines’ theories. They will learn to analyze, critique and evaluate various theories to determine their utility to guide their practice and education in select populations. Advanced practice nurses use multiple theories in their work with individuals, families, communities and organizations. This course will provide students with a solid grounding in theoretical analysis to a variety of MSN nursing roles.

Completed: MSN 614, MSN 618, MSN 627, MSN 628, MSN 628P, MSN 755.

The following courses must be completed or taken concurrently: MSN 770, MSN 775, MSN 776, MSN 760.

MSN 770: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics and Clinical Decision Making – 3 credits

Students will examine and apply principles of advanced pharmacology in the management of clients across the lifespan with an emphasis on the adult-gerontology population. The course will emphasize pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics of major drug classifications and current clinical drug research. Students will evaluate ethnopharmacological research studies to discern clinical applications with individuals from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds.

Completed: MSN 614, MSN 618, MSN 627, MSN 628, MSN 628P, MSN 755.

The following courses must be complete or taken concurrently: MSN 629, MSN 775, MSN 776, MSN 760.

MSN 775: Advanced Nursing Theory II – 3 credits

Students will grow in their understanding of specialized concepts such as integrating patient care technology to delivery and enhanced care, e.g., genetics and genomics, participation in research processes, and communication technologies to integration and delivery of care.

Students will develop an understanding the roles of boards and committees in making decisions that affect positive patient outcomes.

Completed: MSN 614, MSN 618, MSN 627, MSN 628, MSN 628P, MSN 755.

The following courses must be complete or taken concurrently: MSN 629, MSN 770, MSN 776, MSN 760.

MSN 776: Clinical Nursing Practice IV – 4 credits

Students will apply knowledge and skills at the advanced level during situated experiential learning opportunities focused in areas of choice, interest and availability. In this final integrating course, the student will participate in internships with a preceptor.

During the internship, students will pursue knowledge and experience in an area of interest by immersing in the role of the professional nurse based on the preceptor’s work schedule. The student will take on the role of the professional nurse to the degree that facility policy allows and will observe and evaluate organizational culture and nursing care.

Completed: MSN 614, MSN 618, MSN 627, MSN 628, MSN 628P, MSN 755.

The following courses must be complete or taken concurrently: MSN 629, MSN 770, MSN 775, MSN 760.

Capstone project

The capstone project for the Direct Entry MSN is a practice-based inquiry project. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the concepts and skills learned throughout the program.

Working with a faculty mentor, students will design a project that combines research and action to address a real-world need within a specific area of nursing.

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