Master of Science in Nursing

Course Descriptions

COR 520: Ethics and Moral Leadership

A discussion and analysis of the ethics and philosophy of moral leadership. The course is designed to present a vision for the development of reflective, responsible, and socially engaged citizenship and leadership for the community, workplace, society and the world. It will include the study of topics such as: ethical theory and approaches to moral leadership; the relationship between leaders and followers; exemplars of moral leadership; and the contrast between moral and immoral leadership. The course facilitates interdisciplinary dialogue and stimulates discussion of ethical leadership.

NUR 515: Effective Leadership in Healthcare Organizations

This course prepares students to utilize leadership knowledge and skills from evidence-based practice that reinforce ethical and critical decision making such as collaboration, negotiation, delegation, and coordination within inter-professional teams in the healthcare environment. Change theory, systems theory, and leadership styles related to healthcare as well as safety and quality assurance, and positive healthcare outcomes are threaded throughout this course.

NUR 525: Financial Management for Healthcare Leaders

This course is designed to enhance the graduate nursing student’s ability to understand accounting and financial information utilized in the healthcare industry. Students will be introduced to financial and managerial accounting utilized in a healthcare setting. In addition, students will learn concepts related to basic financial analysis as well as budget planning. Finally, students will be introduced to long term financing options utilized in today’s healthcare setting.

NUR 530: Advanced Health Assessment

This course includes physical and psychological assessment of individuals across the lifespan, and strategies for health promotion.  Comprehensive data collection includes history taking, assessment of signs and symptoms, and physical examination techniques. Critical thinking skills and transcultural nursing issues are integrated. Special attention is given to techniques used by nurse educators to teach assessment skill mastery to others. Prerequisite: Basic health or physical assessment course or permission.    (This course encompasses didactic and laboratory hours. No practicum hours are required)

NUR 535: Human Resource Management in Healthcare Organizations

This course explores the interaction between leadership in health care organizations and human resources (HR), specifically designed for graduate nursing students. Traditional HR topics will be presented with an emphasis placed on an understanding of how this information interfaces with line management. Topics presented encompass the legal framework of HR, processes and policies of human resource management, such as recruitment, selection, talent management, compensation and collective bargaining.

NUR 540: Advanced Pathophysiology & Pharmacology

Expands upon basic knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacology to provide a more in-depth understanding of human responses to interventions. Integrates best current evidence for the effective health care management. Students will demonstrate assimilation of technology and information literacy to access ever-changing research integration of best practices and apply findings to case studies or simulations. (No practicum hours are required)

NUR 550: Professional Nursing Theory & Research

Builds upon knowledge of basic quantitative and qualitative research methods to develop a more sophisticated ability to analyze scholarly literature in nursing and health care. Theories, concepts and ethical considerations driving contemporary health research are examined. Students will demonstrate a high level of information literacy in a synthesis of literature and research proposal.  Prerequisite: Basic undergraduate research course and statistics course.

NUR 560: Policy & Curriculum

Introduction to curriculum development and analysis based on health trends and standards of care. Explores organizational, community and government contexts in which nursing education takes place. Analyzes effect of government and institutional policies on health care and nursing education. Prioritize health needs of diverse populations in curriculum development.  Change theory is applied to nursing education through an application project.

NUR 570: Healthcare Informatics

This course provides the framework for graduate nursing students to enhance their knowledge and skills in the use of nursing informatics and healthcare technology. Emphasis is placed on the technology based healthcare applications and the nurse's role in effectively managing information that impacts nursing care delivery, safety, and outcomes. Students will apply knowledge and skills from nursing science, computer science, and information science to develop leadership competencies to successfully support evidence-based clinical practice and administrative, educational, and research decision making for safe and quality care.

NUR 611: Interprofessional Collaboration: Leadership Skills to Increase Cultural Competency

This course is designed to provide a foundation for interprofessional collaborative services. Students in the health professions will intentionally collaborate via interprofessional learning activities to achieve the common goal of a safer and better patient/client-centered and community/population oriented health care system. Interprofessional education will explore the origins, practices and ethical standards of the participating health care professions. Issues for culturally responsive health care will be explored and interprofessional leadership strategies will be used to address problems of health care inequality and injustice.

NUR 625: Leadership in Advanced Nursing Admin Roles

This course focuses on the leadership role of advanced nursing administrative practice in developing, implementing, and evaluating initiatives to create high performance organizations, and manage and improve organizational practices and outcomes. It is designed to provide students with opportunities to critically examine the role of nurse leaders and issues they may encounter. This course prepares nursing graduate students in nursing administrative positions to set a vision for change, create a culture of innovation, and reshape organizations to be adaptable and flexible in today's rapidly changing and complex health care system.

NUR 630: Measuring Educational Outcomes

Evaluation strategies for clinical, laboratory and classroom nursing education are explored. Comparison of various methods of measuring student safety in skills and clinical performance. An in-depth review of objective test construction using sound measurement principles is performed. Correlation of national standards for nursing education with appropriate program evaluation measures is performed. Students practice reflective self and peer evaluations in relation to professional role development as a nurse educator.

NUR 633: Evidence Based Pract Improve Population Health

Students will apply client-centered, culturally appropriate concepts in the assessment, planning, delivery, and evaluation of evidence-based health care services given to diverse individuals, families, and aggregate populations. Through direct and indirect nursing care components, students will use epidemiological, social, and environmental data to analyze client health status and formulate interventions to promote and preserve health. National health goals and professional standards will be examined as well as the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration.

NUR 635: Health Policy, Politics and Advocacy

This course provides an overview of health care policies and the roles that nurses play in the changing context of health care systems, the advocacy strategies which shape health care policy decisions that advance social justice practices, and the decision-making process to improve the quality of health care delivery systems. Students will analyze and apply research that shapes local, national, and global health care policies within complex health care systems. Emphasis will be placed on the development of knowledge and skills needed to design health care policies and recognize the influence of economic, socio-political, and other forces of policy formation, implementation, and modification to redesign health care.

NUR 640: Evidence Based Teaching Practices

Introduces theoretical and evidence based approaches in nursing education. Pedagogical methods are explored to develop student thinking, clinical competence and professional behavior. Teaching strategies geared toward culturally and demographically diverse learner populations are integrated. Explores the role of nursing faculty in a variety of settings and prepares educators for integration of technology in teaching across the curriculum. (This course includes approximately 8 hours in the clinical laboratory and 12 hours of teaching observation hours in addition to didactic hours.)

NUR 643: Eductnl & Admin Strat in Nursing Pract

This course includes a practicum experience in nursing education or administration roles and settings. Students will demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in working with technology enriched pedagogical or management methods and apply current evidence-based practices within nursing education or administration practice. The student will recognize the influence of teaching or leadership/management styles, interpersonal interactions, professional communication and cultural contexts on quality outcomes in the relevant practices settings. This course requires approximately 100-hours in a practicum experience with a current nurse administrator(s) or educator(s).

NUR 651: Nursing Educator Role Synth: Capstone

The Nursing Education Capstone Course reflects a culmination in advanced education to synthesize knowledge and skills acquired throughout the MSN Program. The Capstone is a faculty guided scholarly project.  It provides evidence of students' critical thinking and ability to translate research into practice on clinical health care topics essential to the nurse educator role. This course requires approximately 100 hours to complete the project. Course is taken in the final 12 credits of the MSN program.

NUR 652: Nursing Leadership Role Synth: Capstone

The Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Administration Capstone Course reflects a culmination in advanced education to synthesize knowledge and skills acquired throughout the MSN Program. The Capstone is a faculty guided scholarly project. It provides evidence of students' critical thinking and ability to translate research into practice on nursing management and leadership within an organization. This course requires approximately 100 hours to complete the project.  



Admissions Staff
 
Image of Dr. Kathleen Wisser, a instructor at Alvernia University
 
Mary Arbogast CST, RN, BS, CNOR
Nursing and Healthcare Outreach Coordinator

   Upland Center
   610.796.8429
   mary.arbogast@alvernia.edu


MSN Advisor


Kathleen Wisser, Ph.D., RN, CPHQ
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Coordinator of MSN Program

   Nursing Resource Center, Rm 101
   610.790.2853
   kathleen.wisser@alvernia.edu




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