Courses

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DNA NURSAN 3805 2.0 Comprehensive Anesthesia Review Seminar

This course is designed to comprehensively review the body of knowledge necessary to enter Nurse Anesthesia practice. Nurse Anesthesia student preparation for both the DNP Comprehensive Examination and the National Board of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist National Certification examination will be enhanced. Review topics will include: Basic Sciences, Equipment, Instrumentation, Technology, Basic Principles of Anesthesia and Advanced Principles of Anesthesia. A series of seminars and presentations interspersed with comprehensive, computerized examinations will be administered to allow students to evaluate their knowledge level and their test taking skills.

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DNA NURSAN 3806 2.0 Transition to Clinical Practice

This final clinical course is designed to help the student transition from the student role to clinical practice. Students will be expected to create sophisticated patient and case specific management plans. Clinical experiences will be guided by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and/or Anesthesiologists, but students will be expected to practice with little or no prompting from their clinical supervisors and understand their limitations. Clinical experiences will include specialty cases and experiences in all areas of practice as assigned. Clinical case conferences will be held that challenge the breadth of the students’ knowledge base across the full scope of the clinical and professional role of the CRNA.

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HCS NUR 0001 Freshman Seminar - Nursing Students

This course is designed to provide beginning nursing students with an overview of the nursing profession and an introduction to the School of Nursing. The purpose of the course is to facilitate the students' adjustment to the university environment and to acquaint them with the skills and resources available to promote success.

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HCS NUR 0005 1 Honors Freshman Seminar

Using a flexible format, this course is designed to provide beginning nursing students with an overview of the university honors college and the honors track within the school of nursing. The purpose of this course is to facilitate the students exposure to the university of pittsburgh honors college environment, and to acquaint them with the opportunities and resources that are available to promote success in the honors track in the school of nursing.

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HCS NUR 0067 3 Introduction to Nursing Research

The primary objective of this course is to assist students in becoming intelligent consumers of research. It provides the basis for evidence-based practice and provision of culturally-congruent care. Students gain an understanding of the relationship between quantitative and qualitative research processes to the development of nursing knowledge and the contributions of research to the evidence base of nursing practice. Students are to identify clinical problems and search the literature for information about the problem. Students are expected to critically appraise research articles, distinguish between useful, valid research and that which cannot or should not be applied to nursing practice.

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HCS NUR 0086 2 Clinical Informatics

This course focuses on concepts relevant to the practice of nursing informatics. The course emphasizes information technology applications and the principles of nursing informatics from a current and historical perspective. Learners will examine the analysis of healthcare data and its transformation to nursing knowledge. Nursing language concepts and their importance in clinical information system development will be identified. Learners will examine information technologies that manage clinical information and support patient care. Social and ethical issues in the context of clinical information systems will be examined. The impact of evolving/emerging information technologies on healthcare provider and consumer roles will be discussed.

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HCS NUR 0088 3 Introduction to Basic Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice

This course introduces students to descriptive statistics and parametric and nonparametric statistical tests that are commonly used by researchers in the health sciences and appear in published research reports. Emphasis is placed on student mastery of concepts and principles that are fundamental to descriptive and inferential statistics, as well as interpretation and critical appraisal of their use in research studies. Opportunities are provided to manipulate data, perform basic statistical tests, and summarize findings in tabular, graphical, and narrative form.

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HCS NUR 1054 2 Nursing Care of Older Adults

This course is designed to ensure competency in providing evidence-based nursing care to older adults and their families, across a continuum of health care settings. Attention is given to the complex interaction of acute and chronic co-morbid conditions, interdisciplinary collaboration, the recognition of risk factors, valid and reliable health assessment, and individualized and evidence-based care for older adults across a continuum of health care settings. The influence of attitudes, age, gender, race, culture, religion, language, lifestyle, technology, and health care policy on the biological, psychological, and social functioning of older adults is considered.

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HCS NUR 1054C 1 Nursing Care of Older Adults Clinical

This course is designed to ensure competency in providing evidence-based nursing care to older adults and their families, across a continuum of health care settings. Attention is given to the complex interaction of acute and chronic co-morbid conditions, interdisciplinary collaboration, the recognition of risk factors, valid and reliable health assessment, and individualized care for older adults across a continuum of health care settings. The influence of attitudes, age, gender, race, culture, religion, language, lifestyle, technology, and health care policy on the biological, psychological, and social functioning of older adults is considered.

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HCS NUR 1060 2.5 Nursing Care of Clients with Psychiatric Mental Health Problems

This course is designed to teach basic psychiatric mental health nursing concepts and their application to clinical practice. Classroom learning is focused on developmental, psychological, and biological theories in order to enhance understanding of psychiatric illness. Major psychiatric illnesses throughout the lifespan as well as contemporary methods of treatment are addressed. Emphasis is placed on understanding the unique contributions of social and cultural factors to mental health.

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HCS NUR 1060C 2.5 Nursing Care Of Clients With Psychiatric Mental Health Problems Clinical

This course focuses on nursing practice of health promotion and restoration in individuals with mental health problems. Application of theoretical concepts and nursing interventions is the focus of the clinical experience in acute, chronic, and community mental health settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding the unique contributions of social and cultural factors in the development of treatment plans for clients experiencing psychiatric problems.

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HCS NUR 1066 2 Nursing Care Of Clients With Psychiatric Mental Health Problems Clinical

This course focuses on nursing practice of health promotion and restoration in individuals with mental health problems. Application of theoretical concepts and nursing interventions is the focus of the clinical experience in acute, chronic, and community mental health settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding the unique contributions of social and cultural factors in the development of treatment plans for clients experiencing psychiatric problems.

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HCS NUR 1067 2 Enhanced Communication in Professional Nursing

Course is designed to provide information about basic principles of effective communication in the practice of professional nursing. Units of content and learning activities focus on writing skills, presentation skills, communication as an image builder, barriers to effective communication in the workplace, and strategies for enhancing communication in the healthcare environment. Frequent opportunities for skill development and practice are provided. The goal is to enhance the proficiency of the professional nurse in a variety of situations that require effective communication.

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HCS NUR 1072 3 Health Promotion/Health Assessment

This course presents the knowledge base for using health promotion strategies and the techniques for health assessment of individuals across the life span. The role of the nurse in promoting patterns of positive health behaviors is emphasized. The student is also provided with and opportunity to practice physical assessment skills in the laboratory and in a precepted clinical setting. In addition, the course facilitates the RN learner's adjustment to the expectations of the multiple role learner.

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HCS NUR 1074 3 Advanced Clinical Practicum

This course enables the registered nurse student to further develop critical thinking, leadership abilities, communication and decision-making skills in the development and implementation of an evidence-based clinical capstone project to enhance patient care quality. A systematic approach is used to identify a clinical topic for evidence-based literature review, presentation, and evaluation. Each student identifies specific learning activities for the practicum, which relate directly to a selected culturally diverse environment. Under the guidance of faculty and a clinical preceptor, didactic seminars, assignments, and mentored clinical practicum are used to foster independence and self-direction for all students.

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