Course Descriptions - Graduate (700-799)

NRSG 701 Implementing Evidence-Based Practice
This course builds on an understanding of the scholarship of nursing and the concepts of evidence-based practice. It will prepare students to critically evaluate theories, concepts, and methods relevant to the review, analysis, synthesis, and application of scientific evidence to nursing and interprofessional healthcare practice. The ethical, economic, cultural, and political implications of innovations in evidence-based practice will be explored.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 731, BIOS 806 or equivalent statistics course, or permission of instructor.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits, seminar  


NRSG 702 Methods for Assessing Clinical Practice Outcomes
A variety of approaches can be used to evaluate health and practice outcomes. In this course, students will explore the strengths and weaknesses of different methodologies and data when compared to a variety of clinically relevant issues. Examples of methodological approaches include the use of surveys, observations, and/or interviews, and quality improvement processes. Examples of data include the use of secondary data sets and/or epidemiological data and clinical records data bases. The use of different methodologies combined with the cultural, ethical, political, and economic implications for practice will be explored.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 701, 731, BIOS 806 or equivalent statistics course, or permission of instructor.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits, seminar  


NRSG 703 Changing Complex Systems to Improve Health Care Delivery
Students will explore strategies to create, sustain, and evaluate change in complex micro-and-macro systems. Students will engage in futuristic visioning and scenario building to address emerging practice and health care problems. Solutions to complex systems issues will be proposed within the context of relevant ethical, political, economic, and cultural factors. Students will use collaborative and interprofessional skills to explore proposed system solutions.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 731, 701, 872, 702, 9xx (policy), Epi 820, or permission of instructor.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 2 credits seminar/2 credits Practicum  


NRSG 704 Clinical Inquiry (Capstone Project)
In NRSG 704 students will further their exploration and analysis of their selected client, population, and/or system. Students will use their own evidence-based analysis and data from either clinical practice and/or epidemiological studies to guide the design and development of interventions directed at practice change, system changes, or aggregate health improvements. Analysis of socio- economic, cultural, ethical, and political implications continues. Under the guidance of their academic advisor, students implement and evaluate their designated project, with plans for or evidence of dissemination.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: All DNP courses except NRSG 703, which could be taken in the same semester with faculty approval.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 1-12 credits (360 practicum hours)  


NRSG 709 Health Care Policy
This course introduces students to health policy in the US government system and to the role of research in shaping health policy. Students will critically appraise a policy relevant to an area of research or practice and plan implementation strategies for policy change at the appropriate level of government. Students will develop verbal and written communication skills for effective translation of research and policy implications to lay and professional audiences.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 731 or permission of instructor.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 didactic credits  


NRSG 731 Transformational Leadership
This doctoral seminar introduces the PhD and DNP student to the concepts and principles of transformational leadership within the context of health care. Using complexity science as a theoretical foundation, the course challenges students to create new ideas, adopt new behaviors and explore new vulnerabilities from which to view and solve health care dilemmas. Transformational leaders are challenged to implement and sustain organizational and systems change to support the healing and caring that leads to improved health outcomes. The three major constructs of transformational leadership (self transformation, patient centered transformation, health systems transformation) will be explored related to health outcomes.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: None
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits, seminar  


NRSG 755 Health Care Economics and Financial Management
Examination of health care economic trends, reimbursement issues, funding sources, and related ethical issues. Application of key principles and methods of financial analysis, cost analysis, budgeting, and business and grant planning.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 701, 731, or permission of instructor.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 didactic credits