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N610 Registered Nurse (RN) First Assistant Course

This course is designed to provide the student with foundational knowledge of the pre, intra, and post-operative process.  Emphasis will be placed on the development of advanced knowledge involving principles of anatomy and physiology as well as the safe care of the patient in the peri-operative area.  A focus on the role of the registered nurse first assist will provide the basis for maximizing patient outcomes. This course is based on the guidelines set forth by the Association of Peri-operative Registered Nurses.
Hybrid with 3 live classes on Saturdays from 8:30-5:00 on 9/7/19, 10/19/19 and 12/7/2019
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N613 Advanced Pathophysiology

The focus of this course is on the interrelation of human systems and the effect that illness in one body system has on the functions of the whole person.  Concepts related to clinical physiology and research literature related to pathophysiology of various body systems are examined.  Pertinent literature related to nursing interventions associated with improved physiological status is analyzed.
This course is offered on Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm - 7:30pm.
3 credits

N670AH Psych Mental Health Nursing 1: Assessment and Diagnosis across the Lifespan

This course serves as an introduction to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric illness across the lifespan. The etiology, course, and management of common psychiatric symptoms frequently encountered in primary and mental health care settings will be addressed.   The student will access the most current clinical sources on assessment and diagnosis for psychiatric disorders using DSM-V diagnostic criteria, ICD coding, standardized guidelines and other mental health assessment tools.  Confounding and supportive influences on mental health and illness will be analyzed including the availability of biopsychosocial resources and economic, legal/ethical, and policy related variables. Emphasis is placed on the assessment of common psychiatric conditions.
Permission needed by Mechelle.Plasse@umassmed.edu
This course is offered online.

N671H Psychotherapeutic Interventions I: Individual Therapy

This course is designed to explore the major psychotherapeutic approaches to individual therapy and focuses on the legal and ethical issues and the therapeutic role of the advance practice psychiatric ¿mental health nurse in providing care to individuals with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.  Strategies for intervention will include development of therapeutic relationships, crisis intervention, motivational interviewing, recovery-oriented philosophies, trauma-informed care, SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) CBT (cognitive- behavioral therapy), brief psychotherapy and use of complimentary modalities for individuals. Emphasis will be placed on health promotion, illness prevention, crisis care and follow-up strategies among diverse populations for persons receiving advanced psychiatric and mental health nursing care.
Online Course. 1 credit

N707H Biomedical Informatics

This course offers an overview of the field of biomedical informatics. In this course, concepts from computer and information science are combined with current issues in research, training and clinical practice. The course will provide a broad overview of electronic health records, decision support systems, standards, security and confidentiality, evidence-based medicine, information retrieval, bioinformatics, public health informatics, imaging informatics, and consumer health informatics.
Permission needed by Jean.Boucher@umassmed.edu
Course offered on-line for 3 credits

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