Course Descriptions NURS 5630   Integrated Professional Practicum for Registered Nurse (RN) Prescribing (P)
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The Integrated Professional Practicum for Registered Nurse Prescribers [RN (P)’s] prepares nurses with a minimum of three (3) years’ experience working in their ‘area of clinical competence’ (employer designated area) to prescribe in collaboration with a primary care provider, Physician or Nurse Practitioner. A clinical practicum in the learners work environment is required.
NOTES: • The student learner must be a Registered Nurse in good standing with the Nova Scotia College of Nursing. • The student learner must be supported by their employer and have a collaborative practice agreement in place with a primary care provider in their area of clinical practice.
PREREQUISITES: NURS5740, Advanced Health Assessment, and NURS5736, Pharmacotherapeutics for Registered Nurse Prescribing

NURS 5732   Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course uses an evidence-based conceptual approach to critically and comprehensively examine pathophysiologic phenomena relevant to advanced nursing practice. The phenomena examined are commonly encountered in acute and long-term illnesses, are alterations in function involving multiple body systems, are seen across the boundaries of age, disease entities, and clinical states, and are those for which nurses have a major role in assessing, monitoring, managing, and evaluating. Seminars are framed to systematically and critically examine the impact of these pathophysiologic phenomena on cell function, host defense responses, maintenance of vital functions, and neuro-endocrine-immune responses in individuals and groups across the lifespan.

NURS 5734   Principles of Pharmacotherapy for Nurse Practitioners
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course focuses on core principles of pharmacotherapy relevant to all nurse practitioner practice. Pharmacotherapeutic problem solving approaches will be introduced and applied throughout the course. Effective and strategic use of drug and therapeutic information resources will be emphasized. Relevant issues to pharmacotherapeutic policy will be addressed. Principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics will be introduced and integrated throughout therapeutic content areas. Legal and ethical responsibilities related to prescriptive authority and pharmacotherapeutic interventions will be addressed.

NURS 5735   Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Practitioners
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The course focuses on clinical applications of drug therapies relevant to nurse practitioner practice. Students will be given the opportunity to gain knowledge in order to integrate pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic concepts for a chosen client population in their clinical setting and practicums. Students will gain therapeutic knowledge that includes the mechanism of actions, usual dosages, absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination, and therapeutic use of medications. Principles of management for side effects and drug interactions of medications frequently encountered by nurse practitioners will be reviewed and applied. Additionally, students will be provided with the opportunity to identify and utilize timely and appropriate drug information resources that are applicable to their daily practice. Legal and ethical responsibilities related to pharmacotherapeutic interventions are addressed.

NURS 5736   Pharmacotherapeutics for Registered Nurse (RN) Prescribing (P)
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course will develop learners’ understanding of how medications work across the lifespan and the factors that influence medication selection taking into account pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics as well as broader considerations such as patient preference, ethics, safety, and cost-effectiveness. Learners will develop a comprehensive understanding of the legal basis for prescribing as well as techniques to monitor, record and modify medications and or refer patients as appropriate.
FORMAT: Seminar

NURS 5740   Advanced Health Assessment
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course prepares students to perform advanced health assessments of infants and children, as well as young, middle-aged, and elderly adults who are healthy, as well as those who are experiencing illness. It will focus on the knowledge, skills, and processes required for advanced health assessment. Students will develop competence in completing focused and comprehensive health assessments including history taking, physical examination, synthesis, critical analysis, diagnostic reasoning, clinical judgement, and interpretation of health data. Students will further develop their understanding of the pathophysiological basis of clinical findings and will integrate an increasing knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacology as a basis for formulating a plan of care. Elements of an advanced health assessment include physical and mental health, psychosocial, family, cultural, and community factors, the determinants of health, and risk appraisal as they relate to a client’s health status. Clinical, theoretical, and scientific knowledge will be synthesized in the identification and management of existing and potential states of health and illness. Approaches to effective written and verbal communication of advanced health assessments to lay and health professional colleagues will be addressed. It is expected that students will be competent in basic health assessment techniques prior to beginning the course. All students will develop an Individual Learning Plan [ILP] to guide their learning experience.
FORMAT:
  • Lab
  • Seminar

FORMAT COMMENTS: Seminar with lab and practicum components

NURS 5810   Reading Class
CREDIT HOURS: 3


NURS 5820   Reading Class
CREDIT HOURS: 3
See NURS 5800.

NURS 5830   Palliative Care Nursing
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course provides an overview of the significant issues facing individuals and their families related to life threatening illness, dying, and the promotion of quality of life. An exploration of one's own attitudes, beliefs, and values regarding death and dying provide a foundation for examination and discussion of course content. An analysis of the principles and standards of palliative care, principles of primary healthcare, methods of assessment, and means of pain and symptom management guide delivery of care. Emphasis on communication, collaboration within teams, ethical issues, spiritual and cultural influences, and grief and coping provide opportunities for reflection and discussion. Online resources offer opportunities for students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of course content.
CROSS-LISTING: NURS 4060.03

NURS 5850   Women and Aging
CREDIT HOURS: 3
As women grow older the experience of aging is generally more difficult for them than for men. Somewhere in mid-life, anxieties about the aging process exacerbate the difficulties facing women in modern society. Disempowering older women is usually accomplished in small increments. “Old woman” is a pejorative label; the older a woman becomes, the less credibility she generally has; this is especially true for women of color, poor women, lesbians, and women who are physically challenged. While aging is a biological phenomenon, ageism is socially constructed. Specifically, under patriarchy, older women are seen as a burden, desexualized, and segregated by both men and younger women. They are usually not taken very seriously, nor seen as a threat. This course will explore the issues related to social, psychological, political, and economic factors that are major determinants to the well-being of aging women based upon race, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and class inequities.
CROSS-LISTING: SOSA 5245.03
EXCLUSIONS: NURS 4370.03, SOSA 3245.03, GWST 3810.03

NURS 5871   Addictions Nursing Practice
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This Web-based course examines dominant discourses within nursing and other disciplines that underlie addiction treatment practices. Students will critically analyze how established and emerging paradigms inform addictions nursing practice with individuals, families, and communities. Learners will consider the interplay of broader gender, social, and cultural circumstances and addictions.
FORMAT: Seminar
FORMAT COMMENTS: Seminar, WebCT based
CROSS-LISTING: NURS 4371.03

NURS 5891   Health Informatics
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course will provide an introduction to Information Technology and Systems as it relates to practice, research, administration, and education for health professionals. Students will be introduced to information technology and provided with opportunities to use critical thinking in analyzing the implication of information systems for healthcare. This course will be taught using interactive distance technology. Students will be required to contribute to class discussion through a Web-based bulletin board.
FORMAT COMMENTS: WebCT
CROSS-LISTING: NURS 3310.03

NURS 5892   Specialty Practice of Oncology Nursing
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course will focus on adults with cancer. Course content will reflect a critical analysis of the existing theories that influence health related behaviours, health promotion, illness prevention, and decision making. Contextual issues within the broad social, economic, and cultural environments of cancer care will be addressed.
FORMAT COMMENTS: WebCT
CROSS-LISTING: NURS 4351.03

NURS 5893   Health Program Planning and Evaluation
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The focus of this course is on the theoretical and practical knowledge and abilities required for the cycle of health program planning and evaluation (HPPE) in contemporary healthcare. Students will build their own theoretical knowledge related to program planning approaches, evaluation models, theories and methods of data collection. Knowledge translation will be discussed, analyzed and critiqued including the contextual influences in program planning and evaluation such as ethics, politics, evaluator roles and stakeholder involvement. Prior knowledge of research methods will be beneficial.

NURS 5894   Interprofessional Psychosocial Oncology: Introduction to Theory and Practice
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course provides graduate students in five core disciplines an opportunity to develop an understanding of psychosocial oncology. Case based learning in small interprofessional groups will allow students to explore key learning themes relevant to psychosocial oncology, and to develop an understanding and interpretation of the cancer experience and beginning competency in psychosocial oncology assessment, interprofessional collaboration, and cultural safety.

NURS 5895   Introduction to Epidemiology Methods in Nursing Practice
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This introductory course is intended to provide students with a working knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts and methods of epidemiology. The focus of this course will be the analysis and interpretation of information about disease and other health related occurrences at a population level within a Public Health Nursing context. This course will also introduce students to concepts for developing and evaluating public health programs. A clinical background and a basic understanding of statistics are an asset but not necessary.
FORMAT: Seminar
PREREQUISITES: There are no prerequisites for this course, though students are required to have completed the second year of their undergraduate program or have permission from the course instructor. A clinical background and a basic understanding of statistics for the Graduate students are strongly advised but not necessary for the Undergraduate students.
CROSS-LISTING: NURS 4380.03

NURS 5897   Relational Practices with Families in Oncology and Palliative Care
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The course provides students in five disciplines (medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, spiritual care) with opportunity to explore the interprofessional care of families experiencing cancer along the illness trajectory from diagnosis through to bereavement or long term survivorship. Key themes that will be explored include: family theory, models of family and couple counselling/therapy, family assessment, therapeutic conversations and interventions.
FORMAT: Seminar

NURS 5899   Sexual Health and Counseling in Cancer
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Cancer causes wide-ranging impacts on sexual health, but many health care professionals do not feel confident about addressing sexual health needs. This course is designed to provide graduate students in the health professions with the knowledge and skills to intervene with sexual health problems that arise in cancer.
FORMAT:
  • Seminar
  • Online Delivery

FORMAT COMMENTS: Seminar /distance (online)

NURS 5950   Self-directed Learning in Nursing
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This elective provides an opportunity for students to carry out an independent study or project related to healthcare, with assistance from the faculty facilitator and resource persons. Students will systematically identify, plan, execute and evaluate a learning project relevant to nursing practice, administration, or education.
EXCLUSIONS: NURS 4330.03

NURS 5990   Interdisciplinary Human Nutrition
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Students will acquire current information about the basic principles of human nutrition and nutritional requirements throughout the life cycle. They will also analyze a variety of psychological, social, economic, physical, educational, and cultural factors which influence eating habits. Appropriate nutrition-related community resources will be identified. The students will gain an insight into the similarities of classmates’ educational backgrounds and a further understanding of their professional roles, thus enhancing possibilities for interdisciplinary cooperation in future clinical areas and the community.
CROSS-LISTING: NURS 4800.03, HEED 2250.03, PHYT 3090.03, PHAR 4850.03, KINE 5990.03