Online Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator Courses
Learn Leadership Techniques for Improved Patient Care
The Nurse Educator track prepares you to practice in faculty or other educator roles in the healthcare delivery system. The NE meets the National League for Nursing (NLN) Core Competencies for the Academic Nurse Educator. The NE utilizes in-depth knowledge in an identified area of advanced nursing practice and health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology to teach students, nurses, patients, and caregivers across the continuum of care in a variety of settings. Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) certification exam offered by the NLN.
Core Courses (18 credit hours)
NURSG 504 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Credits)
This course focuses on philosophical and theoretical foundations of advanced practice nursing. The epistemological and ontological bases of practice are explored, including but not limited to nursing science, health care systems, aesthetic, cultural, legal and political matrices of professional practice. Ethical issues, including concerns of social justice, are introduced and discussed from a variety of perspectives, especially those of un-served and under-served populations. Foundations of clinical judgment are examined, and the concepts of professional autonomy, collegiality and consultation are studied. The importance of nursing in all its dimensions is highlighted, with particular emphasis on transformative learning and reflexive practice.
NURSG 509 Nursing Inquiry (3 Credits)
This course focuses on methods of inquiry as a basis for the expansion of knowledge in nursing. Philosophical foundations of qualitative and quantitative methods are explored. Methodological approaches that use qualitative analysis are compared with those that require quantification and statistical analysis of data. Emphasis is placed on the congruence between the research problem and the research design. Analysis of research studies and the ability to develop a research proposal are expected outcomes of this course. Current issues in nursing research, including those of critique, collaboration, and publication are discussed.
NURSG 517 Health Care Systems and Financing (3 Credits)
This course focuses on the transformation of the American health care system. The corporatization of health care and the complexities of health care delivery and related financing of that care are addressed. Efforts on quality care, now linked to reimbursement for that care, are the emphasis for health care systems' policies today. Included are the basic concepts of quality, safety, improving health outcomes and related policy analysis. The course also provides an opportunity for practical application of budgeting through cost analysis, and the use of financial information for decision and policy making in providing quality health care.
NURSG 544 Epidemiology and Population Based Health Care (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: Basic statistics course or passing score on statistics competency exam
This course is an introduction to the principles of epidemiology including analysis of occurrence, distribution, determinants, and consequences of health infections. Data analysis of aggregate data from public website is also included to evaluate effective interventions to improve population health care outcomes. Students have opportunities to study disease, in various and diverse population groups Students design patient-centered and culturally responsive strategies in the delivery of clinical prevention and health promotion interventions to communities, and aggregates/clinical populations.
NURSG 553 Communication, Culture, Collaboration, and Conflict in Health Care (3 Credits)
This course addresses expressions of health, illness, caring, and healing from transcultural and communication-focused perspectives. Understanding and developing professional competence in caring for and working with individuals, families, groups, and communities with diverse cultural backgrounds is emphasized. Patterns of human communication and interaction with health care clients and professional colleagues are considered in terms of theories and practical skills of communication, conflict resolution and professional collaboration. The impact of negative patterns of interaction (e.g., stereotyping, discrimination, and marginalization) on health care disparities is considered.
NURSG 557 Information Technology and Health Care Outcomes (3 Credits)
This course provides an overview of the various ways in which information technology is used in health care and education. Following an introduction to the principles of information science and information systems, students explore the practical applications and strengths and limitations of myriad information technologies. Applications of technology in the care of individuals, populations and communities are addressed, including aspects of tele-health. Students gain experience using and interpreting data from administrative and clinical health information databases in order to develop plans for quality assurance and outcomes evaluation. Students will interact with information management applications related to administration, clinical practice, education, and research.
Support Courses (9 credit hours)
NURSG 502 Advanced Health Assessment (3 Credits)
This course assists students to develop effective clinical interviewing, focused history-taking and advanced physical assessment skills. Course content builds upon the student's foundational knowledge of pathophysiology, microbiology and anatomy. The underlying approach to assessment stresses a holistic view of clients as complex beings possessing physical, emotional, social and spiritual health needs and resources.
NURSG 503 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 Credits)
This course describes the etiology, natural history, developmental considerations, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of specific disease processes. In this course, students will acquire a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of disordered physiology that underlie the disease conditions that are most commonly encountered in practice settings. Knowledge of pathophysiological processes will be linked to the clinical manifestations of disease and will form the basis for clinical diagnosis and decision-making regarding therapeutic interventions.
NURSG 512 Advanced Pharmacology (3 Credits)
This course focuses on the pharmacologic effects and clinical uses of selected drug groups. Principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics are reviewed. The issues of altered pharmacotherapeutic response relative to physiologic and psychosocial variables will be included. Pharmacologic mechanisms in association with side effects, drug interactions, contraindications and patient education will be addressed.
Specialty Courses (11 credit hours)
NURSG 608: Nurse Educator Role (2 Credits)
This is the first of four courses specific to the Nurse Educator role. The course provides a foundation for the implementation of the role. Field experiences enable students to explore the NLN Competencies for the Academic Nurse Educator to understand the impact of the faculty role in the advancement of the nursing profession. Students will examine learning theory and conceptual frameworks. Foundational principles of the scholarship of teaching, and roles and challenges for the nurse educator in traditional and non-traditional settings are explored. Students will analyze the political, institutional, social, and economic forces that impact the Nurse Educator role in the educational environment.
NURSG 609: Nurse Educator Clinical Practice Practicum (3 credits)
Pre-requisites: NURSG 502, NURSG 503, Nursg 512, NURSG 608
This is the second of four courses specific to the Nurse Educator role. The didactic portion of the course focuses on roles and responsibilities that are applicable to advanced clinical practice in any setting; for example, evidence-based practice, consulting on complex patients, and teaching and interprofessional collaboration. The practicum immersion experience provides the opportunity to expand clinical proficiency in an identified area of advanced nursing practice. During the practicum portion, students will collaborate with a MSN-prepared preceptor in the identified area of advanced nursing practice in order to develop in-depth knowledge and expertise in a particular area of nursing that includes graduate-level clinical practice content and experiences, and expand their exposure to a variety of clinical situations and management strategies. There are 150 hours of preceptored practicum in this course.
NURSG 610: Learning Principles and Instructional Methods for the Adult Learner (3 credits)
Pre-requisites: NURSG 608, NURSG 609
This is the third of four courses specific to the Nurse Educator role. Basic principles of curriculum design and formulation of program outcomes are introduced. The focus is on course planning, with emphasis on evidence-based educational strategies and learning activities that facilitate student learning in a variety of settings. Online seminar and preceptored practicum activities assist the NE student to demonstrate application of theoretical principles and specific teaching-learning strategies in clinical, simulation, online and classroom instructional situations. A particular focus is effective communication between teacher and student and sensitivity to varying needs of students based on culture, disabilities, and educational background. Integration of core professional nursing values and the core concepts of clinical decision-making, communication, and cultural competence into the curricular plan are discussed. There are 75 hours of preceptored practicum in this course.
NURSG 611: Nurse Educator Role Practicum (3 credits)
Pre-requisites: NURSG 608, NURSG 609, NURSG 610
This is the final course specific to the Nurse Educator role. This course focuses on the development of skills in assessment and evaluation strategies as applied to course and program learning outcomes. Evidence-based practices for evaluation of learning in both classroom and clinical settings are analyzed and applied. Ethical and legal implications of classroom and clinical evaluation are explored. During the practicum portion, students will collaborate with a faculty mentor to create teaching-learning activities that include preparing and delivering didactic lectures in face-to-face and online environments, providing feedback to student assignments, designing and conducting simulation activities, choosing clinical assignments, supervising students in the clinical setting, leading pre- and post-clinical conferences, and evaluating students in the clinical setting. There are 150 hours of preceptored practicum in this course.