MSWHNP Sample Curriculum, Cincinnati Online

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Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice

The focus of this course is the understanding of biostatistics and their application to nursing and evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of, and appraisal of, data analyses for the selection and use of best evidence for making practical conclusions about empirical data.

 

Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology

This course builds upon basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. It provides an in-depth consideration of molecular physiology while integrating examples of physiological principles most likely to be encountered by the advanced practice nurse. Basic and translational research into biochemical, molecular and organ system function will be emphasized. Current thought concerning age-related changes and theories of physiology across the lifespan will be included.

 

Advanced Reproductive Dynamics

Explores the anatomical and physiological basis for advanced nursing practice in reproductive health care. Includes genetics and reproductive endocrinology in the adult female, male, fetus and neonate. Examines normal and abnormal fetal development from the perspective of maternal and environmental influences.

 

Health Care Policy

This course guides students in exploring political, economical, ethical, and social forces that currently impact decision making in health care. Patterns of influence that drive current policy development are examined and proposal of advocacy behaviors is encouraged.

 

Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning

This course examines the theoretical underpinnings of evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on applying a range of theories from nursing and related fields for the provision of high-quality health care.

 

Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning

This course is designed to assist the graduate student to develop knowledge and skills needed for the application of research findings to evidence- based practice and advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and application of quantitative and qualitative research methods, directed at risk reduction and health promotion.

 

Advanced Health Assessment

Develops the knowledge and skills necessary for the performance of a comprehensive health assessment. Synthesis of data including diagnostic study interpretation is emphasized.

 

Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

This course prepares nurses for professional roles in advanced nursing practice with knowledge of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles of common drug categories used to prevent illness and to restore and maintain health for client systems across the lifespan. Mechanisms of action, pharmacologic response, usual doses, adverse effects, indications, interactions, compatibilities, contraindications and routes of administration will be emphasized in acute and chronic conditions. Six hours of legal, ethical and financial content related to prescribing is addressed in this course as required by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

 

Conceptual Frameworks for Women’s Health

Introduces advanced practice nursing role in Women’s Health. Addresses concepts of care management, the nursing process, utilization of paradigms of wellness and health, and communication pertinent to women’s health nursing practice.

 

Primary Care of Episodic Illnesses in Women

This course provides students with the theoretical base to assess, diagnoseand manage the care of client systems across the lifespan with selected episodic health pattern alterations. Students will focus on the promotion, maintenance and restoration of client system’s health patterns. Culturally competent, holistic, ethical, age- and genderspecific, and risk-stratified care will be discussed. Non-pharmacologic aspects of care such as teaching and coaching will be addressed as well as the pharmacologic management designed to help clients achieve desired outcomes. Evidence based practice will serve as the basis for care management. This course includes 0.5 credits (5 clock hours) of pharmacology content.

 

Primary Care of Episodic Illnesses in Women Practicum

This course is part of a series of sequential clinical courses in Women’s Health Care and prepares the student to provide primary care of episodic illnesses throughout the lifespan. Students will engage in comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and women’s health-care management for women across the lifespan and assume professional practice roles and responsibilities in managing common health pattern variations pertaining to gynecological and primary care. Emphasis is on family-centered, community-based health-care for diverse client systems.

 

Advanced Women’s Health I

This course, the first in a series of two sequential courses, lays the foundation for the women’s health-care management process and the care of women across the lifespan. It prepares students to assume professional roles and responsibilities in the management of normal and common health pattern variations pertaining to gynecological care. There are at least 0.5 credits (five clock hours) of pharmacology content. Emphasis is on family-centered, community-based health care for diverse client systems.

 

Advanced Women’s Health Practicum I

This course is the first in a series of three sequential clinical courses in Women’s Health Care. The student will engage in comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and management of women’s health care across the lifespan. The student will assume a professional practice role and responsibility for management of normal and common health pattern variations pertaining to gynecological care. Emphasis is on family-centered, community-based health care for diverse client systems.

 

Advanced Women’s Health II

This course, the second in a sequence of two, prepares students to assume professional roles in the care of normal antepartal women and those with health pattern variations with an at-risk pregnancy. Emphasis is placed on the collaborative management of interventions to achieve desired outcomes during pregnancy. Included are at least 0.5 credits (five clock hours) of pharmacology content. Students use scholarly inquiry to further develop their practice knowledge. Research related to normal and at-risk client systems is applied.

 

Advanced Women’s Health Care Practicum II

This course, the second in a series of three sequential clinical courses in women’s health care, prepares the students to assume the professional practice roles in the care of normal antepartal women and those with health pattern variations with an at-risk pregnancy. Emphasis is placed on the collaborative management of interventions to achieve desired outcomes during pregnancy. Students use scholarly inquiry to further develop their practice. Evidence-based research as related to normal and at-risk client systems is applied.

 

Women’s Health in a Contemporary Society

The course is designed to present a global perspective of selected contemporary physiological, psychological and socio-cultural issues and concepts associated with women’s health. Variations in women’s health conditions are discussed from a diagnostic, treatment and intervention perspective.

 

Advanced Women’s Health Practicum III

This course, the third in a sequence of three, prepares the student for the fully integrated practice of women’s health care to include primary care of episodic illness throughout the lifespan. The professional, social, political, legal, ethical, economic and financial factors that affect women’s health-care practice are analyzed.

 

MSN Capstone Project

Culminating experience in which one of three foci are selected: (1) integration of research findings into practice with evaluation of client system outcomes; or (2) evaluation of current nursing practice through examination of relevant client system clinical outcomes; or (3) description of new knowledge with potential for enhancing nursing practice.