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Courses numbered 1000-1999 are open to freshmen; 2000-2999 to sophomores; 3000-3999 to juniors; 4000-4999 to seniors. It is recommended that students elect courses in the years for which they are listed. Freshmen will be admitted to courses above the 2000 level only with the consent of the instructor and the student’s advisor. Juniors and seniors taking freshman courses may be expected to do additional work. Any course above 4999 is a graduate course.

The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course.
An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.

GNSA 6100
Human Resource Health Care Org [Course] (3)

This course reviews the current state of human resource management and labor relations in the health care system. The course examines human resource planning, recruiting, retention, orientation, job analysis/descriptions, performance appraisal and orientation. Current employment and labor law is examined for its impact on health care organizations and employees. Students will explore the status of organized labor and health administrator roles/responsibilities when interacting with non-unionized or unionized units.

GNSA 6200
Informatics in Nursing [Course] (3)

In this course the significance of informatics as a part of effective practice and research in nursing is examined. Students study emerging trends in information technology including the use of information systems in clinical management, administration, education, and research and acquire the knowledge and skill set to function effectively in the modern healthcare IT environment. Students will also be introduced to the use of the following computer applications: spreadsheet, database, presentation software, E-mail, and Internet/World Wide Web.

GNSA 6250
Nurse Leader: Educ Responsibitlies [Course] (3)

This course introduces the nursing leadership and administration student to their role in supporting, developing, administering, and evaluating educational programs to foster health promotion and teaching in the practice arena. This course will provide an overview of teaching methods and learning theories to support effective educational programs for individuals (patient population), communities, and health professionals. Students will explore the nurse leaders role in facilitation of the development, design, implementation and evaluation of educational programs. Assessment of information sources within the area of practice to address health literacy and accessibility for individuals, families and communities will be explored.

GNSA 6350
Enl&Strt Ldrsph Integrated Internshp [Course] (6)

This course is designed to prepare nurses for leadership and executive administrative positions in a variety of complex health care settings. The focus is on the nursing leaders and executives creating and maintaining a dynamic work environment by using planning, development, program evaluation, fiscal design and implementation, informatics and other resources. In addition, this course will examine the art and practices of strategic leadership within an organization. This course builds on the previous 10 modules and explores theories, research, and state of the art practices regarding the current issues facing nurse executives. The content will include advanced theories of leadership and management, ethical decision-making, health care policy, emotional intelligence, organizational assessment, performance evaluation, the role of the nurse executive and nurse leaders in strategic leadership, strategic planning, implementation of a strategic plan and monitoring progress. An internship will provide an organizational-based experience for the student to apply administrative and management knowledge and skills. The individualized internship builds on the previous courses and the student’s special interests, prior experience and personal strengths and weakness. The internship includes on-site hours, conference hours, and completion of a professional portfolio. Students will complete an organizational assessment of environmental satisfaction, financial stability, resource allocation, and resource utilization.

GNSA 6500
Graduate Project [Course] (3)

The purpose of the project is to investigate a problem pertinent to practice or policy in a specific setting. This may be a research or an applied project that contributes to application or generation of knowledge. A final scholarly product must be generated as a consequence of this structured investigation. A choice of opportunities, both of site and approach, are available depending on the student's interests and goals. The project may be done in the setting of the practicum or another setting.