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Summer 2019 Courses for Credit - Registration opens February 28th, 2019

Summer Courses for Credit

N623 Identifying and Measuring Outcomes for Nurse Educators

This course will continue to build on Year One course content for patients, program and project outcome evaluation.  The emphasis will be on identifying, measuring and achieving outcomes.  Processes designed to promote performance improvement in health care and to enhance the graduate's ability to function effectively in a health care organization are discussed.  
This is a Hybrid course offered on Wednesdays from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm with in-class sessions on 5/23, 6/12, 7/10, 7/17. This course requires permission from the instructor maureen.wassef@umassmed.edu . 3 credits

N632 Integrating Palliative Care Across the Continuum

This course, grounded in theory and based on the DNP essentials, will explore the domains of palliative care interventions to improve care for patients and families with serious life-threatening or terminal illness. The participants will be prepared with the basic knowledge to integrate palliative care into their role as DNP/APRN.
This course is a Hybrid course.  In class sessions will be every Tuesday from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm with the exception of 7/2 and 7/19 will be online. 3 credits

N638 Foundations of Critical Care Nursing

This course prepares registered nurses with classroom, laboratory and simulation education and training to care for critically ill adult/older adult patients and their families.  The content is designed to augment knowledge from undergraduate nursing programs to allow safe delivery of competent, professional and patient-centered nursing care.  The course expands knowledge and skills for nurses to recognize and manage life-threatening illnesses, injuries, medical sequelae, and goals of care in critically ill adult-older adult patients and position the patient and their families for optimal outcomes.
This course is offered on Wednesdays from 9:00am – 4:00pm. 3 credits

N686 Advanced Practice Oncology Nursing

This course will focus on cancer care knowledge, decision making and practices for advanced practice nurses caring for cancer patients in ambulatory, hospital and community settings. The course will examine cancer epidemiology, prevention, detection, treatment, and professional practice.
This is a Hybrid course.  In class sessions will be held on Tuesday evening from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm dates to be determined. 3credits

N691 Contemporary Issues in Women’s Health

This elective graduate nursing course provides the advanced practice nursing student with a theoretical foundation to provide evidence-based care to women and will focus on a variety of issues specific to their health care. Specific concerns of women across the lifespan and the effects of culture and environment on women’s health will be analyzed. Gender-based health issues and disparities and the role of the advanced practice nurse in dealing with these issues are examined.
This course is a Hybrid course.  In class session will be held on 5/15, 6/12 and 7/10  from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  3 credits

N673H Clinical Psychopharmacology

This survey course aims to educate advanced practice nurses to be the rudiments of safe and effective prescribing practices in the treatment of psychiatric conditions across the lifespan.  The course utilizes a symptom management framework that integrates concepts from psychobiology with the pathophysiology of psychiatric diseases.  Emphasis is placed on gaining a fundamental understanding of the hypothesized compliment between the pathophysiological basis of the disease state and mechanism of action of drugs as a basis for rational selection of pharmacologic treatment.  Current standards of practice and treatment algorithms are emphasized in helping the student develop a working knowledge of psychopharmacology for practice.
This is a 3 credit course offered Online

N814 Genomics for Clinical Practice and Research

This course provides the foundation to use genetics and genomic concepts in advanced practice and clinical research. The principles of human and molecular genetics including variations, patterns of inheritance and multifactorial inheritance will be discussed. Gene action and expression, cytogenetics, the Human Genome Project, genetics terminology and basic principles of laboratory methods used in genetics and genomics will be examined. The evolving principles of epigenetics, nutrigenomics, and pharmacogenomics in patient care and research will be explored with attention given to the associated ethical, legal and social implications. Inherited and acquired health conditions will be used to illustrate the impact of genetics and genomics on nursing practice and on opportunities for research.
This is an Online course. 3 credits

N819 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis

This course builds on prior course work in qualitative methods and places specific emphasis on interviewing skills, participant observation, data management, and data analysis. The process for intricately managing and iteratively analyzing qualitative data to allow descriptive and useful emergent latent or manifest findings that are congruent with the study purpose and aims will be discussed. Special attention will be paid to representing data findings including oral and written presentation of qualitative findings as well as ethical considerations. There will be opportunities to have hands-on practice in conducting data management and analysis with differentiation among several qualitative approaches. This course requires permission of instructor Susan.Sullivan-Bolyai@umassmed.edu  This course is offered on Tuesdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. 3 credits

N590 Human Physiology

This is a review course on basic principles of physiology that cover the functions of the human body with emphasis on the nervous, endocrine, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal and reproductive systems.  The course will provide a broad view of the current knowledge of how the human body works.  This course is intended for students in the field of nursing and other allied health fields. This is an online course. 3credits

N685 Living with Chronic Terminal Illness

Chronic or life-threatening illnesses, including the issues related to loss, grief, and palliative care, are a substantial portion of the nursing care and clinical practice that is provided in pediatric, adult or geriatric populations.  This course will explore the physical, psychological, social, ethical, and spiritual and existential issues raised by the prospect of long-term, disabling, life-shortening illnesses as well as death and bereavement.  The focus of the course is on the psychological, behavioral as well as the social aspects of chronic or terminal illness.  It will equip the participants with the necessary understanding and skills to develop supportive advanced practice nursing care for the patient population. This course is offered online.  3credits

N820 Essentials for Academic Health Educators

This course presents evidence-based theories, strategies, and skills for individuals interested in the role of faculty in programs preparing students for health professions.  Contemporary issues and approaches to educating students with diverse learning needs will be addressed from assessment for learning styles to evaluation of outcomes.  Societal influences on the curriculum development process are highlighted along with strategies for enhancing academic career development.  This is a hybrid course offered every other Tuesday with in-class sessions on 5/14, 5/28, 6/11 and 6/25 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  3 credits

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