Doctor of Nursing Practice Courses

Doctor of Nursing Practice Courses

NSG 8801 - Healthcare Informatics and Data Management (3)

Provides an overview of the planning, implementation, and evaluation of clinical information systems. Assists students in recognizing the applications of nursing informatics in healthcare systems. Includes a historical review of the evolution of nursing informatics and current trends. Provides students with an understanding and analysis of information management systems in evidence-based advanced nursing practice.

NSG 8802 - Applied Biostatistics (3)

Builds on prior knowledge of basic statistical concepts, including descriptive statistics and the components of statistical inference (p-values and hypothesis testing). Emphasizes ethically generated application and results rather than clinical theory. Focuses on application of statistical methods that evaluate evidence-based nursing practice including inferential statistics (t-test, ANOVA, risk index, linear and multiple regression, and other multivariate tests). Requires writing narrative and tabular results using APA format.

NSG 8804 - Policy and Politics in Healthcare (3)

Addresses healthcare policies and political forces that shape them. Analyzes the adequacy and impact of current legislation; federal, state, local and work-place policies; and best practice guidelines for patient-centered care, and advanced practice roles. Emphasizes the leadership role of the DNP in areas of analyzing, formulating and implementing health-care policies. Explores the interrelationships between policies and nursing, organizations, politics, and the economics of healthcare.

NSG 8805 - Principles of Epidemiology (3)

Presents concepts, principles, and methods of the epidemiological approach to disease and intervention, identification of cause of disease, response to disease outbreak, disease surveillance, evaluation of screening and prevention measures, and ethical issues in epidemiological research. Applies biostatistical concepts necessary to interpret findings of epidemiological studies and to critically evaluate application to evidence-based practice. Examines distribution and determinants of disease risk in human populations across the lifespan with an emphasis on disease prevention and early detection.

NSG 8810 - Synthesis of Evidence Based Practice I: Project Identification (1)

Orients and introduces the DNP Synthesis Project which focuses on the identification and initial development of the DNP Synthesis Project for improvement of nursing practice or patient outcomes within a specialized area of advanced practice. Requires the identification of feasible DNP Synthesis Project idea, synthesis of evidence-based literature, selection of a DNP Synthesis Project Chair and committee and initiation of an e-portfolio. Requires completion of a minimum of 60 clinical hours for the development of DNP role competencies. Co-requisite: NSG 8812.

NSG 8812 - Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice (3)

Explores issues related to evidence-based practice. Emphasizes the process of evaluating evidence for best practices within healthcare delivery systems. Equips the advanced practice nurse with the skills needed to identify, critically appraise, and utilize best evidence to recognize and comprehend concurrent needs and demands of patients, communities, and organizations and direct appropriate interventions for the improvement of outcomes. Co-requisite: NSG 8810.

NSG 8815 - Evaluation Methods for Improvement of Clinical Outcomes (3)

Appraises the methods of evaluation of clinical and program outcomes as they guide safe and effective patient and aggregate health care. Focuses on application of evidence-based models and middle range nursing theories to methodologies and evaluation methods; measurement of study variables related to evidence-based practice; and nurse-sensitive outcomes. Contributes to the development of DNP Synthesis Project methods and outcomes. Prerequisite: NSG 8812 Co-requisite: NSG 8820

NSG 8820 - Synthesis of Evidence Based Practice II: Project Development (2)

Develops the methodology for an evidence-based DNP Synthesis Project with a systems-level impact for the improvement of nursing practice or patient outcomes within a specialized area of advanced practice. Explores the impact of ethical, safe and effective patient and organizational outcomes in the translation of evidence into practice. Culminates in the defense of the DNP Synthesis Project proposal, compliance with the regulations involving human subjects and approval from Troy University’s Institutional Review Board. Requires completion of a minimum of 120 clinical hours for the development of DNP role competencies. Prerequisite: NSG 8810. Co-requisite: NSG 8815

NSG 8822 - Leadership in Organizations and Systems (3)

Prepares students to lead and manage the challenges of a global, dynamic, and changing healthcare environment. Analyzes and evaluates nursing leadership and evidence-based management theories critical to leading in today’s healthcare systems. Focuses on integration and application of concepts of leadership, management, business planning, and evaluation of population-based efforts to provide affordable quality care. Prepares the student to utilize these concepts in articulating a vision encompassing evidence-based care.

NSG 8826 - Health Disparities from a Systems Perspective(3)

Explores the relationship between vulnerability, social determinants of health, and health disparities. Analyzes vulnerable populations for the lack of or absence of social determinants of health and the resulting disparity, illustrated with statistics. Analyzes and applies systematic healthcare delivery models best suited for the use in vulnerable populations. Analyzes and applies interprofessional theories to address health disparities and to create novel interventions to resolve them.

NSG 8830 - Synthesis of Evidence Based Practice III: Project Implementation (2-4)

Focuses on implementation of an evidence-based DNP Synthesis Project with a systems-level impact for the improvement of nursing practice or patient outcomes within a specialized area of advanced practice. Requires integration of knowledge of nursing theory, evidence-based nursing practice, physiologic and pathophysiologic foundations, ethical and legal principles and healthcare systems. Involves development of datasets for analysis of DNP Synthesis Project outcomes. Requires completion of a minimum of 120 clinical hours and up to 240 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NSG 8820.

NSG 8840 - Synthesis of Evidence Based Practice IV: Project Evaluation (3-5)

Emphasizes the evaluation, synthesis and critique of DNP Synthesis Project outcomes to support quality clinical or organizational practices. Requires completion of a final paper to the DNP Advisory Committee and presentation to faculty and peers. Concludes with reflection and evaluation of achievement of DNP role competencies. Requires completion of a minimum of 180 clinical hours and up to 240 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NSG 8830. Co-requisite: NSG 8850.

NSG 8850 - Dissemination (3)

Emphasizes preparation and submission of a manuscript to a professional peer-reviewed journal for dissemination of the DNP Synthesis Project. Includes selection of best fit journals and conferences, review of manuscript submission process, and techniques (guidelines) for scholarly writing. Examines ethical issues related to publication and dissemination. Co-requisite: NSG 8840.

NSG 8880 - Directed Professional Practicum (1-3)

Provides the DNP student with the opportunity to obtain required clinical hours for completion of the program. 1000 post-BSN clinical hours. Students enrolled in this course will engage in practical professional activities with a preceptor who will facilitate achievement of student-developed learning objectives. These activities may relate to advanced practice or leadership competencies depending upon students’ chosen DNP track. This course is capable of providing 60-180 contact hours.

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