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DNP Course Descriptions

Signature Courses

GPNS 912 Clinical Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice

This course is designed to support the DNP student in developing clinical scholarship skills. Students will investigate clinical problems using a systematic approach to search for the best available clinical evidence. DNP students will practice methods for evaluating clinical evidence and apply their findings in practice. Students will consider the implications of translating clinical evidence into practice in the context of an interdisciplinary health team. Finally, dissemination of clinical practice scholarship will be discussed as a critical element of DNP practice.

GPNS 916 Health Care Information Systems

In this course a multidisciplinary approach to informatics will be used to incorporate nursing science, computer science, information technology, and information science. Students will analyze information requirements, design system alternatives, and consider
the management of resources. The evaluation of the effectiveness of clinical and/or management information systems in health care is considered. The course will examine the resources and methods required to apply these technologies to clinical guidelines,
communication systems and to enhance health care delivery.

GPNG 917 Transcultural Care and Global Health Perspectives

This course explores the impact of globalization on health care and health care planning, and the need to design health care systems that are responsive to diverse cultural needs. The focus is on select global health problems assessed in a multidisciplinary manner to assure attention to the underserved and their complex cultural needs and requirements. Attention is directed at increasing the capacity of health care professionals to develop culturally sensitive health care systems.

GPNS 927 Structure of Knowledge in Nursing Practice

This course introduces nurses in advanced practice to the development and application of knowledge in nursing. It emphasizes how knowledge is acquired, the theoretical underpinnings upon which nursing practice is based, and the application of knowledge to practice. Various forms of knowing as a component of nursing practice are explored. The development and use of theory in practice are brought together from the perspective of clinical nursing and other disciplines as a foundation for effecting change in nursing and healthcare.

GPNG 928 Social Justice and Vulnerable Populations

Vulnerability is examined through the lens of social justice theory, the Catholic social justice tradition and determinants of health. Responses to vulnerability are framed by: characteristics and determinants of vulnerability, direct and indirect actions to limit or reduce vulnerability, and structural and policy level work to address the variables that create and perpetuate vulnerability within persons, across generations and in local and global communities.

GPNS 929 Program Analysis and Evaluation

This course will emphasize the analysis and evaluation of program outcomes within a variety of settings. Emphasis will be placed the identification of appropriate evaluation instruments to the context of the organization. An overview of the process will include the use of models; selection of instruments; data collection procedures; cost effectiveness and ROI; and the means to interpret, report, and utilize findings. Results can be used to make decisions about improvement in organizational functioning.

GPNS 934 Foundation for Research and Evidence Based Practice

This represents an early course in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Since the intent of the DNP degree for the nursing profession is to elevate practice, this course provides an emphasis on a scholarly approach to problem solving based on translation and application of research evidence. The DNP student will have gained the knowledge to apply this approach to performance improvement activities that systematically address important practice problems for populations of patients, communities, and clinicians working in diverse high-performance teams.

GPNS 935 Epidemiology & Biostatistics

This course studies the distribution of disease in populations and the study of risk and prevention of diseases. Principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation including describing the patterns of illness in populations and research designs for investigating the etiology of disease are explored. Quantitative measures are used to determine risk, association and procedures for standardization of rates. Basic biostatistics will be utilized in this course. Examination of major health problems such as cancer, chronic disease, and infectious processes is included.

GPNS 936 Health Policy and Finance

Examines contemporary major health issues to determine their relationship to and impact upon health policy in the United States and around the world. A major focus is the identification, formulation and legitimation of health policy. Given the unique private/public partnership in American health care delivery and financing, attention is given to public/private financing of health care and its relationship to access, quality and cost.

GPNS 937 Ethical Leadership in Complex Organizations

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills required to excel in the ethical leadership of organizations and groups in the transformation of educational and health care environments. Focus areas will include values and ethics, professional accountability, human resource utilization, legal issues, effective communication skills, effective management of teams and groups, and conflict management and resolution, and healthcare advocacy.

Role Immersion Courses

GPNS 938 DNP Role & Doctoral Practice Thesis Identification

Guided study to identify role components of the advanced practice nurse pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Exploration and identification of topic area for the thesis project.

GPNS 939 DNP Practicum I: Development of the Doctoral Practice Thesis

In this course, students are expected to synthesize the knowledge that they have gained from signature and role immersion DNP courses to develop a scholarly project that demonstrates the application of evidence-based practice to a clinical specialty. Through mentorship of the DNP chairperson, the student will refine and develop a project proposal for their doctoral practice thesis. The course will culminate in the submission of a successful IRB proposal for the project.

GPNS 940 DNP Practicum II: Implementation of Doctoral Practice Thesis

This course involves the continuation of the practice and doctoral practice thesis project begun in GPNS 939 Practicum I: Identification & Planning. The focus of this course will be on the implementation of the doctoral practice thesis at the agency selected by the student.

GPNS 941 DNP Practicum III: Evaluation & Dissemination Doctoral Practice Thesis

This course involves the continuation of the practice and quality improvement initiative begun in DNP Practicum I and DNP Practicum II. Focus will be on evaluation of the quality improvement initiative outcomes and beginning the process of dissemination of the outcomes through the doctoral practice thesis.

Clinical Practice Focus Courses

GPNS 918 Quality Services for Patient Safety

Because quality health care is a complex phenomenon, the factors contributing to quality in health care are as varied as the strategies needed to achieve this goal. This course emphasizes the development and evaluation of health systems, health care, and nursing services. Explorations of processes and approaches to care that improve quality and patient safety, as well as enhance efficiency and effectiveness of health care. The course will also focus on the development of strategies to foster innovation, implement change in systems and organizations, manage conflict, and manage the ethical dilemmas that emerge in assuring quality.

GPNS 942 Using Genomics & Pharmacogenomics to Advance Health

This course will focus on the essential genetic and genomic competencies for the graduate nurse as outlined in the 2011 consensus document published by the American Nurses Association (ANA) and International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG). This course is designed to give the DNP student a basic understanding of current concepts in genetics and an increased awareness of common health conditions having a genetic/genomic component. The DNP student will also be prepared to take a more active role in genetic/genomic policy development as well as gain a broader understanding of genetic/genomic research in nursing resulting in improved health conditions.

Clinical Academic/Professional Development Leadership Focus Courses

GPNS 943 The Legal Environment for the Practice of Nursing Education

This course will use a case-based approach to examine the multitude of legal and ethical issues that confront the contemporary nursing faculty member in the classroom, in clinical, and in their professional role as a faculty member. The course will also address issues confronted by academic nursing administrators -directors, department chairs, associate deans and deans. The course will begin with an introduction to the legal process and how legal cases are retrieved and cited in the literature. The course will examine such concepts as ‘due process' and how it is operationalized in higher education. The role of a university-based attorney as a consultant in clinical education programs will also be addressed. Using a case-based method, various scenarios will be analyzed within a legal and ethical framework.

GPNS 944 Academic Planning and Evaluation for the Practice of Nursing Education

In this course, students will focus on the nurse executive role and responsibilities for an academic unit within a health care system or an academic institution. The primary focus will include leading an organization in its mission and governance, exploring innovative models for curriculum and teaching-learning practices, gaining institutional commitment and resources, and monitoring program effectiveness related to assessment of outcomes. Particular attention will be given to critical self-reflection and leadership development, planning and evaluating outcomes related to an academic unit's systematic evaluation plan based on accreditation and regulatory bodies, and proposing a comprehensive action plan proposal to remedy prioritized deficiencies.

Health Care Leadership Focus Courses

GPNS 945 Strategic Planning & Budgeting

Strategic planning allows organizations to shape and guide its overall objectives to achieve a preferred future. Through effective planning and budgeting, healthcare organizations build a framework for developing, adapting, and aligning organizational vision, mission, beliefs, and goals to achieve and sustain a strategic advantage in an uncertain future. In this course, students will gain the knowledge needed to facilitate, formulate, execute, and monitor strategic planning for healthcare organizations. A simulation of strategic planning in healthcare organizations will be used/ illustrated to teach strategic planning and budgeting processes for assigned model organizations.

GPNS 946 Leading Change for Transforming the Health Care Environment

The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive study of skills necessary to lead change in the complex healthcare environment. Units of content will include theories of change and change leadership, assessment strategies, strategic planning, decision-making, communication tactics to influence change, barriers to change, and the execution of change.

Forensics Focus Courses

GPNS 947 Evidence Based Practice in Forensic Nursing

This course provides an opportunity for nurses to acquire specific knowledge related to care of the forensic patient based on scientific, ethical, and legal principles related to forensic nursing practice. Students will examine models of nursing from a holistic perspective and the use theory from nursing, related sciences and law to develop theoretical frameworks for guiding forensic nursing practice. Theories and research focused on individual strengths and dysfunctions are examined. Clinical therapeutics focuses on individual mental and physical health, and maximizing function for victims and the perpetrators, and their families through interventions. The role and responsibility of the advanced practice forensic nurse in health care policy is addressed.

GPNS 948 Theories of Violence in Forensic Nursing

This course focuses on the theories of violence in relationship to the perpetrator, the victim, and society. Students will explore issues related to people who become perpetrators or victims of a wide variety of crimes. Populations, such as children, the elderly, women, or individuals and groups representing a specific race or religion will be considered within the perspective of victimology. The course will challenge students to confront their biases and to share their experiences within the forensic clinical arena. The role of the advanced practice forensic nurse will be explored as it is related to theories addressing violence.