The improvement of psychosocial care of patients with terminal illness has been a major advance in modern health care. This course examines the concepts of hospice and palliative care. Historical and current traditions of society will be examined with an evaluation of public policy issues. The framework is the continuum of care with special emphasis on holistic care of the client.
This course builds upon the student's previous education and practice as a Registered Nurse. It focuses on health promotion and disease prevention strategies for individuals across the lifespan, families, groups and communities. Selection and application of selected theories and models, including the Roy Systems Model, Calgary Family Assessment and Intervention Models and Helvie's Community Assessment model are discussed. Principles from epidemiology, crisis intervention, and teaching/learning theories are introduced and integrated into application of the nursing process.
This clinically-focused course provides opportunities for the evaluation and achievement of competencies, knowledge and role-development inherent in the role of the baccalaureate-prepared professional nurse, as presented in the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education (1998). Registered Nurse students will assess their personal level of achievement and will develop, under faculty guidance, an individualized plan for a preceptored clinical experience designed to increase competency, knowledge and role-development.
The role of the Baccalaureate-prepared professional nurse is examined in detail during this capstone course. Concepts and theories related to role, change, communication, leadership and management are explored and discussed. Students examine the role of nursing leaders and managers within the context of culture, change, decision-making power, politics and economics within a seminar format.
This course is designed to provide an opportunity to analyze theoretical concepts, principles and processes from nursing and related disciplines to guide advanced clinical practice and role development. The importance of the role of the Advanced Practice Nurse in Interprofessional Collaboration is also explored. Emphasis is placed on the relevant historic, current and future practice issues inherent in the varied aspects of advanced practice nursing. The course also examines legislative issues and trends at both state and national levels, as they relate to the effective and appropriate role of advanced practice nurses within our rapidly changing healthcare system.
This course provides an opportunity to analyze theoretical concepts, principles and processes from nursing and related disciplines to guide advanced clinical practice and role development. These theories reflect important contributions from both the nursing profession and non-nursing disciplines. The course provides a historical perspective and analysis of nursing theorists from Nightingale to emerging theorists and includes an introduction to theories fundamental to advanced practice nursing, such as role theory and family nursing theory.
This course builds upon undergraduate understanding of pharmacological principles and agents by preparing students to evaluate and prescribe medications for common acute and chronic health problems seen in the primary care setting. Students will examine the regulatory aspects of drug administration and prescription from the perspective of advanced nursing practice. The focal point of the class will be the development of clinical decision-making skills essential to safe and effective pharmacologic intervention. Current concepts in pharmacologic therapies as part of the treatment of commonly encountered health problems will be stressed. The importance of collaboration between Advanced Practice Nurses and Pharmacy colleagues will be addressed, particularly in regard to patient safety and treatment efficacy.
This course provides an in-depth analysis of the role of the advanced practice nurse. That knowledge is needed to conceptualize and identify with relevant historic, current and future practice issues inherent in the role. Both state and national legislation and trends are addressed, as they relate to the effective and appropriate use of advanced practice nurses within the rapidly changing healthcare system.
The focus of this course is the assessment of total health status of adult patients. The course is designed to enable the student to develop diagnostic reasoning skills and to utilize a regional approach to physical examination. Instruction builds upon the health assessment skills of the experienced RN/BSN and includes a laboratory practicum that provides the student with opportunities to apply new knowledge and practice in the areas of physical examination. Students will perform complete physical exams on each other and standardized patients -- obtaining health histories, performing physical examinations and documenting findings. Along the way, students will learn more about the importance of providing high-quality care that is culturally competent, the process of developing a list of Differential Diagnoses and appropriate ordering of diagnostics.
This course will review the application of pharmacotherapeutic principles to psychiatric disorders. Each major class of medications will be covered: antidepressants, mood stabilizers, psychostimulants, antipsychotic medications and anxiolytics. The indications, contraindications, side effects and adverse reactions and drug interactions will be reviewed in detail. The use of herbal remedies, homeopathy and diet will be addressed. The applications of psychopharmacology to clinical case studies across the life span will be emphasized.
This course examines the reaction of the body to disease throughout the lifespan. Using a conceptual approach that is designed to integrate knowledge from basic and clinical sciences, it focuses on alterations in biological processes which affect the body's dynamic equilibrium. Alterations at the cellular and organ level are presented and include genetic, metabolic, infectious, immunologic, degenerative, and neoplastic processes. Clinical problems will be developed and explored to facilitate the acquisition of critical thinking, problem-solving and evaluation skills needed by practitioners in the management of clients with chronic and acute health problems.
This course focuses on the study of brain, mind and behavior and examines the neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, and biochemical foundations of cognition, mood, emotion, affect, and behavior and the interactions among them. It takes into consideration both internal and external influences across a person's life span. Included is an overview of brain functioning and mechanisms of neurotransmission, genetics, the effects of other body systems such as the endocrine and immune systems, temperament, and the environment.
This course explores the principles and uses of the research process in Advanced Practice Nursing. The graduate nursing student will become an active participant in the research experience and be prepared to develop, write and present a research proposal. Content will focus on evidence-based practice, understanding the role of a nurse practitioner as research, and the development of a research proposal that will be the foundation and beginning process of their scholarly project. Students are strongly encouraged to develop a proposal that includes interprofessional collaboration.
Class - 2.5 Credits, Clinical - 3 Hours/Week (Total 42 Hours)This course is designed for the development of advanced mental health assessment skills. The processes of psychiatric history-taking, mental status examination, biological and neurological assessment for clients throughout the life span is addressed. Students are prepared to use the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) multiaxial system. During practicum experiences students perform comprehensive mental health assessments, determine DSM IV diagnosis and medication management for clients.
This course provides experiential interprofessional educational opportunities to students in the healthcare professions, with a focus on public health and health disparities -- causes, effects and solutions – in the State of Maine. Students from across the College of Health and Education (COHE) -- undergraduate Nursing, graduate Nursing (Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator programs), graduate Counseling, graduate Occupational Therapy, graduate Physical Therapy -- and doctoral students in the School of Pharmacy (SOP)will collaborate side by side studying, developing and implementing strategies to improve the overall health of the people of Maine. There are two primary goals to be achieved through this course: 1) To provide an interprofessional learning environment that allows undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in healthcare professions programs to develop and maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values and, 2) To provide COHE and SOP students with an understanding of the issues of health disparities in a rural state and offer new paradigms for an interprofessional collaborative approach to care.
This course is designed to provide the graduate student with an opportunity to explore and evaluate the political process, fiscal policies, and their impact on public health and the health care system. The use of sociopolitical and ethical frameworks are interwoven with policy development. Opportunities are provided for students to critique public policy and determine how the behavior of health professional's impact governmental decisions and regulatory processes. Students will explore legislative processes, state/federal policies, and analyze current legislative and policy issues.
Selected topics in nursing are offered under the guidance of graduate faculty. The course enhances students knowledge of advanced practice nursing, building on previous knowledge of nursing and healthcare in today's complex and rapidly changing healthcare system. This course may be used as an elective in the student's program of study and may be taken more than once as long as different topics are taken.
This course explores relevant practice issues in the health care of adults and families. Primary focus will be on the assessment of acute and chronic health problems experienced by this population, as well as health promotion/disease prevention activities. The precepted internship experience will provide the student with the opportunity to provide primary care to patients 18-60+ years of age. Students will continue to further explore the interprofessional collaborative role in both the classroom and clinical setting.
Class-3 Hours/Week, Clinical- 12 Hours/Week=6 CR. HR. The focus of this course includes relevant theories and practice issues in the health care of individuals and families in late adulthood. It explores health promotion, as well as the acute and chronic health care needs and conditions experienced by this group of clients within a family and community context and using a systems approach. Bio-psycho-social issues are analyzed from an advance practice registered nurse perspective as they relate to this population. Cultural competence and bioethical issues are explored. The clinical practicum presents the nurse practitioner student with precepted clinical experiences in assessing, planning, and managing care for clients and families in this age group at a primary care site. The clinical practicum experience may include tertiary and home care sites. 168 Hours of Clinical/Semester