Nursing Graduate Courses (NURS)

Students must successfully take and complete the two courses offered in the fall semester and the two courses offered in the spring semester in order to receive the Clinical Outcomes Certificate.

  1. 509 Health Care Policy and Economics (fall)
  2. 510 Management of Care in the Environment (spring)
  3. 515 Quality, Safety and Informatics (fall)
  4. 516 Education in Practice (spring)

509 Health Care Policy and Economics (fall)

4 Credits

This course features an analysis of U. S. health care policy and finances.  Health care policy initiatives affecting nursing practice, patient outcomes and the care environment are scrutinized.  Emphasis is placed on factors affecting cost, access to care, and society norms and how they relate to the implications of the 2010 health care reform law.  Current trends and issues in economic management of health care expenses, along with the impact on patient care, are investigated. 

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510 Management of Care in the Environment (spring)

4 Credits

This course focuses on clinical leadership by infusing principles of care in the health care environment to enhance patient outcomes.  Health care outcomes of individuals and populations are analyzed in context of the overall organizational system.   Evaluation of patient care is established on evidenced-based research and outcomes with discernment between the provider and the process in the care environment.  Principles of leadership and management are incorporated into the understanding of the interconnectedness of nursing to the interdisciplinary team.  Expertise in delegation, negotiation, coordination and utilization of resources are utilized when promoting change in practice.

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515 Quality, Safety and Informatics (fall)

2 Credits

This course focuses on principles and techniques of quality management in health care.  High-reliability concepts that help organizations achieve safety, quality and efficiency goals are analyzed. Techniques to measure performance to create high-quality services that result in satisfied patients and cost effective care are investigated. A comprehensive review of bioinformatics, medical and nursing informatics, and public health informatics is incorporated into the course.  The dynamic interrelationship among information technology, clinical functions and organizational functions are discussed.  Implications of the 2010 health care reform law and other relevant federal mandates are examined. 

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516 Education in Practice (spring)

2 Credits

Principles of teaching and learning are explored.  Foundations for course development, instructional design, learning style assessment and the evaluation of learning outcomes are examined. Teaching pedagogies, learning characteristics and the role of nurse as an educator in practice are examined.

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