Courses

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HCS NUR 2820 3 Legal Nurse Consulting

This course provides knowledge in areas of the law; the process of a lawsuit; and ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) related to nurse consulting and forensic nursing (FN). It is designed to provide an overview of how nursing knowledge and skills can be transferred and translated into legal nurse consulting (INC) and forensic nursing examination (FNE) practice. Approaches and methods in legal nurse consulting and forensic nursing are discussed including but not limited to screening cases, analyzing health professional malpractice cases, performing medical records review and examination, quality assurance and risk management, preparing effective written and verbal reports and abstracts, and preparing for testifying as an expert witness. Specific activities focused on the development of investigative techniques in forensic nursing examination are included. Emphasis is placed on the application of nursing skills and knowledge to questions of law and health in criminal and civil investigations and other court related issues.

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HCS NUR 2821 3 Advanced Practice in Forensic Nursing and Legal Nurse Consulting

Advanced practice in forensic nursing (FN) and legal nurse consulting (INC) is designed to provide the learner with an opportunity to combine nursing knowledge with forensic science and legal principles in scientific investigation, evidence collection and preservation, analysis, and legal documentation. The course explores forensic principles and roles as applied to advanced practice in forensic nursing and legal nurse consulting throughout the life span. Techniques of forensic assessment and physical examination, evidence collection, chain of custody, forensic documentation that withstands courtroom scrutiny, and challenges of the roles will be discussed. Participation in case analyses including ethical, legal, sociocultural issues (ELSI) allow for critique and development of skills relevant to the various roles in forensic nursing practice.

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HCS NUR 2822 3 Seminar and Practicum in Forensic Nursing and Legal Nurse Consulting

The seminar and practicum in forensic nursing and legal nurse consulting course provides the student with an opportunity to attend a seminar with other students who are completing their practicum experience in a variety of settings and mentored by diverse preceptors. Emphasis is placed on the application of nursing skills and knowledge to areas of practice in law (reviewing malpractice cases for and attorney, collaborating with law enforcement, health, correctional, or psychiatric or educational settings) where a forensic nurse or legal nurse consultant practices.

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HCS NUR 2823 3 Forensic PMH Nursing and Correctional Nursing

This course provides an overview of forensic psychiatric mental health nursing and correctional nursing practice. The course focuses on the role of the forensic psychiatric mental health nurse (FPMHN) and correctional forensic nurse (CFN) in caring and providing interventions for the criminally insane, adjudicated criminal defendants unable to stand trial by reason of insanity or mental disorder/defect, or incarcerated offenders in rehabilitation or in treatment, as well as survivors and their families who are affected by interpersonal violence. Emphasis is placed on the role of the nurse when fpmhn and cn intersect with the law to affect patient outcomes. Research themes, standards of practice, evidence-based interventions and outcomes are discussed. The application of ELSI (ethical, legal and sociocultural issues) in fpmhn and cfn are presented. The role of the CFN in various correctional facilities and level of client treatment needs will be explored.

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HCS NUR 2829 3 Contemporary Issues in Cross Cultural Health Care

Purpose of course is to increase awareness of how the deliv ery and acceptance of health care may be influenced by so cial, cultural, and environmental factors. It will provide an overview of how these factors influence a person's re sponse to stressors, daily health and living needs. Goal is to help students increase their understanding of culturally congruent care by utilizing cultural concepts, theories and research. Students will analyze factors that facilitate/ hinder communication about health needs, acceptance of the health care regimen and access to health care systems.

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HCS NUR 2840 3 Robotic Applications in Clinical Practice: Practicum

This course brings together an interdisciplinary group from nursing and other health disciplines, computer science, and robotics to design and evaluate mobile robot systems that help community-residing, frail older adults and persons with disabilities sustain their independence. In collaboration with faculty, students will engage in hands-on learning of skills relevant to the design, development, and evaluation of service robots that assist elderly/disabled people. Thru seminar discussion and lab, students will learn from faculty and each other how to design technology that can serve people.

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HCS NUR 3016 3 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Research

This course focuses upon the relationship of theory to research with an emphasis on the role of theory in the design and interpretation of research. Attention is given to the evaluation of theory, the utility of theories in research, and the comparison of research strategies from various theoretical perspectives. Emphasis is placed upon midrange, multidisciplinary theories relevant to clinical research.

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HCS NUR 3018 2-6 Focus Group Practicum

This course builds upon the student's didactic knowledge gained in NUR 3055 or equivalent through the supervised experience of planning, conducting, analyzing, and preparing reports for focus groups. Emphasis is placed upon the student's mastery of the ability to formulate questions, facilitate discussion, including the management of difficult participants, note taking, analysis of data and preparation of the report. Students will be expected to lead at least two focus groups and to serve as note taker in at least two additional groups. It is expected that a secondary component of the practicum will be to develop an understanding of cultural differences in approaches to health and health care through the conduct of focus groups among different cultural groups as well as learning from the focus group experiences of others.

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HCS NUR 3020 3 Quanitative Research Methods

This course provides an overview of quantitative research methods, including various research designs appropriate for studying health care phenomena. Some of the quantitative methods included are: descriptive, comparative, correlational, survey, methodological, epidemiological, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, clinical trials, evaluation research, longitudinal, and secondary analysis.

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HCS NURNP 3025 4 Diagnosis and Management of Psychiatric Conditions in Primary Care

This didactic course explores the evidence base for the evaluation, diagnosis and management of common psychiatric-mental health issues across the lifespan. Emphasis in on (1) current understanding of the etiology, including the genetic basis, of psychiatric illnesses; (2) evaluation and diagnosis of individuals presenting with psychiatric-mental health symptoms; (3) recognizing problems that can be managed in a primary care setting and those that need to referred for psychiatric evaluation and care; (4) ongoing management of psychiatric-mental health problems in primary care including management in collaboration with psychiatry; and (5) the impact of mental health problems from a family perspective.

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HCS NURNP 3025D 4 Diagnosis and Management of Psychiatric Conditions in Primary Care

This didactic distance education (synchronous) course explores the evidence base for the evaluation, diagnosis and management of common psychiatric-mental health issues across the lifespan. Emphasis in on (1) current understanding of the etiology, including the genetic basis, of psychiatric illnesses; (2) evaluation and diagnosis of individuals presenting with psychiatric-mental health symptoms; (3) recognizing problems that can be managed in a primary care setting and those that need to be referred for psychiatric evaluation and care; (4) ongoing management of psychiatric-mental health problems in primary care including management in collaboration with psychiatry; and (5) the impact of mental health problems from a family perspective.

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HCS NUR 3040 3 Research Emphasis Seminar

This seminar will explore current and future trends in physiologic research involving adults who are critically or acutely ill with the potential for acute decompensation. Emphasis will be placed on strategies that have the potential to restore or optimize physiologic function, evaluation of outcomes, ethical issues, and new developments in genetic research. The course will include presentations by multidisciplinary faculty who are currently conducting biobehavioral research in these areas and student presentations.

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HCS NUR 3042 3 Research Emphasis Seminar-Chronic Disorders

This seminar is designed to provide an in-depth examination of the cross-discipline literature on chronic illness. The common manifestations of chronic disorders will be addressed, including such common features as impact on cognitive function, functional ability, quality of life, adherence to treatment, depression, sleep, pain, stress, physical activity, dietary considerations, as well as other areas relevant to student interests. Discussion of these paradigms across chronic disorder populations and settings will be included, varying with the interests of the students in the course. Students will be expected to complete an in-depth critical review of the research literature on a specific feature of chronic disorders as well as a review of clinical research evidence related to a set of common features within a specific chronic disorder of interest.

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HCS NUR 3043 3 Research Emphasis Seminar: Womens Health

This seminar is directed toward expanding the capability of scientists for knowledge building that will maximize the health of women and transform the values and structures of the health care system. This course will examine the influence of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic class and other barriers that may affect the quality of health care for women by exploring exemplars of current research in women's health.

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HCS NUR 3050D 1 Grant Writing

This distance education (synchronous) course focuses on the organization, development and preparation of a grant application. Course content is based on the general issues encountered during the development of grant applications. Students are expected to prepare components of their grant application under the direction of their mentor using the guidelines for an appropriate funding organization. PhD students are expected to support some aspect of their dissertation research.

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