Course Descriptions

501. Professional Communication in Nursing (3 hours)
This course includes experiences and instruction that promote professional communication. Content includes correct utilization of the American Psychological Association (APA) Style, construction of professional papers and emails, and using common presentation software. This course is designed to be taken either concurrently or before the first nursing course in which the student is enrolled at Nebraska Wesleyan University.   

502. Health Care Statistics (3 hours)
This course examines selected concepts needed to develop sound judgment about data analysis and appropriate use of statistics. The course prepares students to interpret and critically analyze the results of health care research.
Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate statistics course or permission of the program director.

505. Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Health Care (3 hours)
This course focuses on quantitative and qualitative research areas and methods used in health care. Analysis of the research process and application of research findings to health care will be emphasized. Students will design a best practice proposal related to an identified problem in nursing, health outcomes of a specific population or nursing education. At the end of the course students will have completed a literature review and methods section for a research project.

510. Transcultural Health Care (3 hours)
Using Leininger's Cultural Care Diversity and Universality Theory, this course analyzes the social, political, economic and cultural factors related to transcultural health care. Students will examine the interactions of consumers, providers and health care systems in the provision of quality health care with an emphasis on persons of color and persons who are immigrants to the United States.
Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program.

515. Concepts and Theories in Nursing (3 hours)

This course examines selected concepts and theories that are derived from nursing and other disciplines for applicability to practice in a variety of health care settings. Strategies used in applying and evaluating nursing theories in relation to providing care will be discussed.
Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate program.

520. Critical Issues in Health Care (3 hours)
This course examines multiple factors affecting the provision of care in an ever-changing health care system. The U.S. health policy-making system; ethical, legal and political aspects of health care; and health care delivery systems will be explored, particularly in relation to their impact on nursing practice and nurses' ability to provide care. A historical perspective will facilitate: a) identification of critical issues, b) how they developed to their current status, and c) examination of what options might exist for current and future resolution of these issues.
Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate program.

540. Nursing Leadership and Management I (3 hours)
This course examines the multiple roles of the nurse executive in a variety of health care organizations, including long term care, community based care, hospitals and larger integrated delivery systems. Students develop knowledge in the area of health care regulations and accreditation including the impact of technology in the health care environment.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 510.

541. Economic Policy in the Health Care System (3 hours)
This course provides basic knowledge of macro- and micro-economics and their relationship to the health care system in the United States. Concepts associated with supply and demand, normative and positive economics, utility, scarcity, choice, and marginality are explored in terms of the health care system. The concept of health as an investment opportunity and as a consumer good is also explored. In addition, the United States health care system is studied from an economic point of view. Economic decision making in light of professional ethics is emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 540.

542. Finance and Accounting in the Health Care System (3 hours)
This course provides an overview of the concepts of financial analysis, financial and managerial accounting, and budgetary practices as they relate to the health care industry. Accounting concepts are understood with the assistance of electronic spreadsheet applications. Financial concepts are understood through the analysis of both for-profit and not-for-profit corporate accounting and public reporting.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 540 and 541.

546. Nursing Leadership and Management II (3 hours)
This course examines the leadership role of the nurse executive in a variety of health care organizations. Content includes leadership theories, motivation, conflict resolution, workforce planning, implementing planned change and effective administration of culturally diverse health care systems.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 540 and 541.

547. Practicum in Nursing Administration (3 hours)
This course provides the student with experience functioning within selected components of the role of the nurse executive in a variety of health care organizations, including long term care, community based care, hospitals and larger integrated delivery systems. Students are paired with a nurse executive or case manager with a mutually agreed upon agency.
Prerequisites: Nursing 540, 541, 542 and 546.

548. Case Management (3 hours)
This course prepares the student to develop the role of case manager in a variety of settings. The student will use the stages of managed care to determine current agency progress and project future organizational status and programs.  Students will develop a set of indicators of effectiveness and quality of care as well as plan for their analysis. 
Prerequisites: Nursing 542 and 546, or permission of the program director.

549. Nurse as Entrepreneur (3 hours)
This course presents information needed by a nurse entrepreneur to develop innovative forms of nursing practice and care delivery. Emphasis is placed on acquiring skills to develop a nursing business plan, including financial and legal components. Implementation of risk management and total quality improvement plans within the role of the small business setting are also covered.
Prerequisite: Nursing 541 and 542.

550. Principles of Teaching and Learning (3 hours)
The focus of this course is on educational theories and issues, and their implications for the teaching process. Teaching and learning distinctions, the domains of learning, and assessment of student learning outcomes are components of this course.
Prerequisites: Nursing 505, 510 and 515.

552. Curriculum Development and Program Planning in Nursing (3 hours)
This course focuses on the analysis and application of curriculum theory in the development and evaluation of programs in nursing education. 
Prerequisite: Nursing 550.

553. Innovative Nursing Education Strategies (3 hours)
This course assists the nurse educator in the development of innovative nursing education strategies in an area of practice of the student’s choice. Emphasis is placed on research-based practice in education through the application of models and theories and the development of strategies for targeted populations. The majority of the course is web based; however, students meet face to face the first and last weeks of the term.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 552. Co-requisite: Nursing 556.

556. Teaching Strategies and Evaluation (3 hours)
This course focuses on teaching strategies to enhance the organization and the delivery of educational content. Assessment of student outcomes and of educational programs is also emphasized.
Prerequisite: Nursing 552.

557. Program Planning in Nursing (3 hours)
This course focuses on the analysis and application of program planning and on planning the development and evaluation of programs for continuing education for professionals and/or the public.
Prerequisites: Nursing 553 and 556, or permission of the program director.

558. Nursing Education: Implementation and Evaluation (3 hours)
Emphasis of this course is the implementation of the nursing education experience. Students also evaluate existing online nursing education experiences ranging from continuing education credit to entire nursing education programs.
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 557 or permission of the instructor.

598. The Research Process (3 hours)
This course will allow for students to focus on the first steps of the research process: completing a literature map; presenting a conceptual picture of how articles collected interact; gaining valuable knowledge on the topic of their choosing; defining what they intend to present for their final project; and becoming more comfortable in conducting research. 
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 505.

599. Major Project in Nursing Education/Nursing Administration (3 hours)
This course is a culmination of the graduate nursing courses in which the student will develop, implement and evaluate a multi-faceted program related to the student's M.S.N. specialty area. The program will be research-based and incorporate theories, skills, and methodologies from prior course work. Emphasis will be placed on targeted populations and the compatibility of the project with the mission and culture of the organization in which the project is being conducted. Nursing 599 may not be repeated. 
Prerequisites: All other courses in the major.