Nutritional health of children and adolescents is multifaceted and influenced by genetics, intrauterine and extrauterine environment, growth, and development. This course will analyze the components that impact on nutritional health, review nutritional requirements for children and adolescents, and explore nutritional health issues specific to children and adolescents. Nursing management, including orchestrating multidisciplinary care, for a specific nutritional health issues will be discussed.
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 has dual foci. The first is to provide 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. The second course emphasis is an exposure to relevant historic, current and future practice issues inherent in the varied roles of the advanced practice nurse. Both state and national legislation, issues and trends are addressed as they relate to the effective and appropriate role of advanced practice nurses within the 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 provides an opportunity for students to focus on the clinical applications of the major classifications of drugs. The emphasis is on clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. Clinical correlations using case studies with applications to special populations, in primary, secondary, and tertiary settings will be addressed. Legal parameters for prescription writing protocols and factors promoting patient compliance with drug therapy will be included. Application of this knowledge for special patient populations will be further developed in Nu 800, 802, 804, and 806.
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.
Class - 2.5 Hours/Week, Clinical - 3 Hours/Week = 3 Cr. Hr. The focus of this course is the assessment of total health status of clients throughout the lifespan. It is designed to enable the student to refine and further develop diagnostic reasoning skills and utilize a regional approach to physical exams in the delivery of primary health care. The course builds on undergraduate health assessment skills and includes a clinical practicum which provides the student the opportunity to apply advanced nursing knowledge and practice in the areas of physical and psychosocial assessment of clients. Students will perform complete health assessments on selected clients, obtaining an in-depth health history, performing a comprehensive physical examination, recording findings and developing a problem list and treatment plan. 42 Hours of Clinical/Semester
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 nursing. It is designed to provide the advanced practice nursing student with the knowledge to be an active participant in the research experience and prepare the student to write and present orally a research proposal. Content will focus on evidence based practice, understanding the role of an advanced practice nurse as a researcher and fostering skills to develop a research proposal that will be the foundation and beginning process of each student's "capstone" project.
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.
In this theoretically and clinically based course the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Student will acquire assessment and procedural skills in the clinical management of selected adult patients. This course introduces the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) role and responsibilities relating to selection of diagnostic studies and performing selected procedures that will be necessary for assessing and treating the seriously or critically ill adult patient. This course content will include reviewing and learning the process of selection studies. Additional content will include preliminary interpretation of EKG, conventional and CT radiological studies, and evaluating the results of diagnostic studies. Modification of patient care following abnormal studies will be presented. In addition, procedures frequently encountered in the acute care setting will be demonstrated in a lab followed by an opportunity to practice selected procedures. Procedures include intubations, central line placement, I & D of skin abscesses, lesion excision, suturing and casting/splinting injured extremities. Ethical considerations of utilizing diagnostics and performing interventions will be addressed.
The purpose of this course is to provide 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 -- will collaborate side by side studying, developing and implementing strategies to improve the overall health of the people of Maine.
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.