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GNSG 5050 | Lean Six Sigma | 1 credit | 8 weeks

This course is designed to give the learner an overview of Lean Six Sigma methodology; with an emphasis on healthcare quality applications and initiatives. It is intended to give the learner a basic understanding of Lean Six Sigma principles and tools to prepare them for participation in Quality Initiatives in their organization.  Upon successful completion of the course the learner will earn a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certificate.

GNSG 5300 | Research & Evidence Based Practice for Advance Nursing Practice | 5 credits | 8 weeks

The course will focus on evidence-based practice as a framework for advanced nursing practice.  The use of research and evidence-based nursing processes to improve clinical practice and decision making in the health care setting will be explored in depth.  This course will include an emphasis on developing clinical questions, acquiring evidence, appraising evidence and synthesis of findings and measurement of outcomes.

GNSG 5100 | Nursing Science and Theory for the Advanced Practice Nurse | 5 credits | 8 weeks

This course focuses on critical analyses of theory and its’ use for advanced nursing practice. Nursing’s scientific body of knowledge is examined through consideration of selected nursing models, theories, and constructs. Selected theories, models, and concepts from social and behavioral sciences, which enhance nursing as a scientific discipline, are also considered. The inter‐relationship between theory, practice and research is examined and various methods for developing scientific knowledge for practice are explored. Application of theoretical frameworks to nursing practice is emphasized as the student’s chosen theoretical base for the identification and development of nurse-led evidence-based changes in a chosen healthcare setting.

GNSG 6550 | Role of the Adv Practice Nurse in Transformation of Practice | 5 credits | 8 weeks

In this course, the role of the educator and leader as change agent will be emphasized as it relates to the scope and standards of professional leadership and education practice and within the context of using the best evidence to inform the role of leader and educator and transform practice. This course culminates in the completion of a scholarly Graduate Project Proposal and overview of the project via a scholarly and professional audio-video presentation.

GNSG 6750 | Teaching with Technology | 5 credits | 8 weeks

In this course the significance of technology as a part of effective teaching and learning in the virtual learning environment is examined. This course provides nurse educator students with the knowledge and skills for understanding and using a variety of online learning technologies to support the teaching-learning process. The course will discuss principles and application of online learning, use of technology in teaching and learning, and how to integrate computer technologies into the nursing curriculum.

GNSG 5530 | Advanced Clinical Foundations | 5 credits | 8 weeks

This graduate level course will integrate principles of advanced pathophysiology, holistic health history, physical assessment, clinical experience, and pharmacology as a foundation to support the role of the nurse educator in clinical practice. The focus will be on the development of advanced knowledge of human pathophysiological functions and response to selected disease processes and the integration of this knowledge into evidenced-based nursing practice. The students will expand and refine skills related to integrated health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology essential for advanced nursing practice and nursing education practice.

GNSG 6155 | Education Theory & Curriculum Development | 5 credits | 8 weeks

Teaching as a scholarly endeavor and the history of nursing education are a backdrop to the study of teaching and learning theories used in nursing education as well as an exploration of nursing curriculum development and current influencing factors in the academic, practice, and patient education settings.  Various theories of learning will be introduced in the context of undergraduate pre-licensure programs, nursing professional development and patient education. Students will have the opportunity to design an educational course/program within a framework including mapping of organizational/program mission and the course, and student learning outcomes.  Exploration of program evaluation will include an introduction to regulations and accreditation standards.

GNSG 6255 | Teaching Strategies and Evaluation | 5 credits | 8 weeks

This course explores the creative design of teaching/learning strategies in the context of instruction specific to nursing education within the classroom and clinical environment. Consideration is given to pre-licensure learners, professional nurse development, and individual and population focused patient education.  Learners identify learner objectives and specific teaching/learning strategies and explore classroom and clinical learning using formative and summative evaluation strategies.

GNSG 6400 | Teaching Practicum | 3 credits | 8 weeks

This course provides an opportunity to apply the theories and principles of teaching nursing students and practicing nurses in group or one-on-one, formal and informal settings.  Aspects of educating nurses, such as planning and implementing experiences and documenting and evaluating performance of individual learners will be practiced.  In addition, students will take responsibility for designing and delivering classes on various nursing topics to nurse learners.  Each student will be mentored by one or more nursing faculty or professional nurse development staff.  Seminar topics include closing the theory-practice gap; evidence-based teaching; confronting difficult situations; giving constructive criticism/evaluation; the tripartite role of the academic nurse educator; and the multiple roles in professional nursing development. 

Total credits: 39

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