The Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing

Dr. Linda Linc, Dean
Dr. Maria Pappas-Rogich, Graduate Program Director

Program Philosophy

The Nursing Graduate Programs at Walsh University prepare nurses to assume leadership positions in a variety of advanced roles.  We believe that it is the responsibility of the faculty to provide an environment that stimulates the learner to think critically, communicate effectively and act compassionately. We hold to the ideal of providing quality care to clients and fulfilling our responsibility as a contributing member of the profession and society.

Program Goals

To provide excellence in nursing education grounded in the human experience. The Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing prepares the graduate to practice nursing within the framework of Judeo-Christian values promoting health in diverse communities.

NURS 600  Theoretical Devel of Nurs Sci    3 sem. hrs.

This course explores the development of nursing knowledge, theory and their relationship to nursing education, practice and research. A historical overview of concept and theory development in nursing and related disciplines is explored as well as the process of critiquing, evaluating, and utilizing nursing theories. Students will examine the relationship between the components of theory and the role that theory plays in research, practice and education. Projections for the future of theory development in nursing are also discussed.

NURS 601  Research Meth/Evid Based Pract    3 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on emerging methodologies for the study of advanced nursing. Students will discuss evaluation, utilization and application of current research pertaining to nursing education and practice. The role of the nurse researcher in promoting evidence-based practice is emphasized. Processes for implementation and evaluation of evidence-based nursing practice are included.

Prerequisite: NURS 600.

Corequisite: NURS 600.

NURS 602  Stat/Epidem Meth for Hlth Sci    2 sem. hrs.

This course explores the determinants and distribution of health and illness and the application of statistical and epidemiological principles to advanced nursing practice and health care delivery. The natural history of common diseases and conditions and the relationship of disease states to levels of prevention are emphasized. The master prepared nurse’s role as it relates to levels of prevention, screening tests, diagnostic tests, guideline uses, and evidence-based care is explored. Ethical and legal aspects of epidemiology as related to practice areexamined as well as the role of the nurse in environmental epidemiology.

NURS 603  Prof Role Dev/Ethical Issues    3 sem. hrs.

This course explores the professional role of the masters prepared nurse in health care delivery, research, and education. Emphasis will be placed on common core skills necessary to improve patient health outcomes, advance nursing education and promote population health. National health care objectives will be used to target specific areas of interest. Ethical requirements related to the practice of advanced nursing will be appraised, with an emphasis on understanding how topromote health and prevent illnesses of the public within appropriate ethical boundaries. The context of practicing within an interprofessional setting will be accentuated.

NURS 604  Hlth Promtion/Disease Prevent    2 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on advanced nursing assessment and therapeutics across the lifespan from adolescence to old age. The application of theories, concepts, and research findings related to health promotion, health protection, and disease prevention as a basis for clinical decision-making with adolescent and adult patients and their families within a variety of care settings is emphasized.

NURS 605  Epi Methods for Hlth Promotion    2 sem. hrs.

This course explores the determinants and distribution of health and illness and the application of statistical and epidemiological principles to advanced nursing practice and health care delivery. The natural history of common diseases and conditions and the relationship of disease states to levels of prevention are emphasized. The master prepared nurse’s role as it relates to levels of prevention, screening tests, diagnostic tests, guideline uses, and evidence-based care is explored. Ethical and legal aspects of epidemiology as related health promotion,health protection, and disease prevention as a basis for clinical decision-makingare examined.

NURS 606  Hlth Care Policy,Organ/ Financ    2 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on analysis of organizational theories within the health care environment and the impact of ethics, values, politics, and market forces on the structure and function of nursing and health care organizations. The application of economic and financial theories in understanding the strategic impact of market dynamics, utilities, incentive structures, and driving and restraining forces in health care change is explored. The emphasis is on analyzing the actual and potential impact of these dynamics on the structure and function of the health caresystem.

NURS 610  Advanced Pathophysiology    3 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on the inter-relationships of human biological systems, biochemical, genetic and cellular concepts, providing the framework for study of advanced pathological concepts. Case studies illustrate theoretical concepts and assist in the application of theory to practice.

NURS 612  Advanced Pharmacology    3 sem. hrs.

This course builds on prior knowledge of pathophysiology and human physiology. It provides the basis for pharmacotherapeutics and therapeutic management guidelines for treatment of select disease processes, drug information by classification, and principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Clinical application, adverse reactions and patient education implications are presented.

NURS 614  Adv Health Assessment    3 sem. hrs.

This course builds on the students’ knowledge and skills of basic health assessment and provides a foundation for the advanced nurse to evaluate the health of individuals across the lifespan. Theory and research based methodologies and skills will be incorporated to assist students in the comprehensive assessment of individuals including advanced communication skills such as clinical interviewing and focused history taking; psychosocial and physical assessment, critical diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision making. Interpretation of data for the purpose of differentiating normal from abnormal findings as well as for recognition of potential and/or actual health problems will be addressed. This course requires 30 laboratory hours.

NURS 615  Sem in Adv Clinical Specialty    2 sem. hrs.

This course includes didactic content to expand knowledge of procedures, skills and clinical reasoning related to acute and chronic health conditions in one of the following areas: pediatric, women’s health/maternity or adult health. Collaborative skills and the importance of interdisciplinary team development are emphasized as well as application of content to the nurse educator role.

NURS 616  Prac in Adv Clinical Specialty    3 sem. hrs.

This course provides practicum opportunities for the clinical management of clients as well as the opportunity to expand knowledge of procedures, skills and clinical reasoning. Settings and populations are chosen according to the student specialty selection. Students work insert collaboratively with other nurses and other healthcare professionals to provide individualized health care to those in culturally and socio-economic diverse settings. (150 clinical hours)

Corequisite: NURS 615.

NURS 617  SEM:Professional Development    2 sem. hrs.

This course includes didactic content to expand knowledge of procedures and skills necessary for the role of the nursing professional development specialist.

NURS 618  Health Informatics    2 sem. hrs.

Students will explore healthcare informatics concepts, theories, legal and ethical implications, and applications within the healthcare environment and classroom. Critical issues affecting the development and implementation of information technologies (clinical, administrative and learning), knowledge management principles, and professional practice trends will be analyzed. Emerging information and communication technology in health care will be explored. Emphasize the health informatics resources to implement health care outcome improvementand support practice and administrative decision-making. Students will apply new knowledge, manage individual and aggregate level information, and assess the efficacy of patient care technology appropriate to their area of practice.

NURS 619  Practicum in Nurs Prof Develop    3 sem. hrs.

This course provides practicum opportunities in nursing professional development with the opportunity to expand knowledge of procedures and skills necessary for success in this nursing specialist role. Settings are chosen according to the student’s specialty selection. Students will work collaboratively with other nurses and other healthcare professionals to develop, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing professional development. This course requires 100 clinical hours.

Corequisite:NURS 617.

NURS 630  Assess,Meas&Eval in Nurs Educ    2 sem. hrs.

This course explores evidence-based assessment and evaluation practices and the use of a variety of tools and strategies, including information technology, to assess and evaluate learning. Students will develop appropriate formative and summative assessment techniques that address intended learning outcomes and promote learning.

NURS 631  Curr Design in Nurs Education    3 sem. hrs.

This course explores curriculum development and appropriate evaluation models to assess curriculum design. Students will evaluate the influence of accreditation requirements on curriculum development and the accreditation evaluation process.

NURS 632  Teach Strateg in Nursing Educ    2 sem. hrs.

This course explores instructional frameworks, learning environments including traditional and virtual classrooms as well as clinical environments, and student management and motivation techniques. Students will examine theories associated with optimizing the teaching experience and student outcomes and gain an understanding of evidence-based teaching, learning, communication, and motivation strategies used for specific learning situations and student populations.

NURS 635  Practicum in Nurs Education    4 sem. hrs.

This practicum course is designed to combine practice and theory and provide an opportunity to apply knowledge and competencies acquired throughout the program of study to educational environments. It is a time intensive practicum in an educational setting of the student’s choice (160 clinical hours).

NURS 640  Clini Assessment & Management    3 sem. hrs.

This course builds on the students’ knowledge and skills of Advanced Health Assessment focusing on the diagnostic process within the primary care context. Evidence based practice will be incorporated to assist students through the inductive process of moving from specific physical findings or patient concerns to possible diagnoses based on history, physical, and laboratory and diagnostic tests. Students will be expected to synthesize diagnostic information in order to arrive atappropriate diagnoses and treatment plans. Required lab time.

Prerequisites:NUR 614.

NURS 641  FNP:Care of Adult/Gero Client    6 sem. hrs.

This course emphasizes illness prevention, healthy lifestyle adaptations, wellness promotion and health maintenance of adults and elderly clients, including the theories and principles of aging, health/wellness motivation and promotion, disease prevention, and pro-activeness and self-determination. The course also incorporates the review and application of aging theory and family relationship dynamics. Social, economical, racial, geographical, cultural, religious, and specific aging uniqueness and influences on wellness are also elements of this course.Research, guidelines, and evidence based practice will be utilized to enhance the student’s learning and clinical education, including clinical procedural, diagnostic, and treatment skills. (100 clinical hours)

Prerequisite: NURS 640.

NURS 642  Clinical Pharmacology    3 sem. hrs.

Clinical pharmacology builds upon NURS 612 Advanced Pharmacology. Specific requirements, responsibilities, interprofessionalism, and concerns as an APN prescriber, including safe prescription writing and medication management of patients throughout the life span, including persons with multiple chronic conditions (MCC), will be comprehensively reviewed. Controlled substances, and the functions of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and state monitoring, as aspects of prescribing, will be reviewed.

Prerequisites: NURS 610, 612.

NURS 643  FNP: Care of Child/Adolescents    6 sem. hrs.

This course provides didactic and clinical experiences to prepare the advanced practice nurse to provide primary and episodic care to the pediatric population, from birth through adolescence. Emphasis is on the integration of theory, development, health promotion, disease prevention, and clinical decision making. Didactic content and clinical address comprehensive diagnosis and management of common health problems, appropriate diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, therapeutic interventions for pediatric patients and families. Management and promotion of health, treatment of acute episodic health problems and stable, chronic illness in the continuum of infants through adolescence is the focus of the clinical application in a variety of health care venues. The course has a strong focus on providing culturally competent care to achieve health promotion, disease prevention, and the care of underserved, vulnerable populations. (125 clinical hours)

Prerequisites: All Core Courses Completed, NURS 614, 640, 641.

Corequisites: All Core Courses Completed, NURS 614, 640, 641.

NURS 644  Dynamics of Fam Nursing Practi    2 sem. hrs.

This course provides the theoretical foundations for the nursing care of families within a community context. Family functioning and roles across the lifespan are examined. Family dynamics that impact family member well-being in the context of health care are explored. Emphasis is placed on using family assessment tools and communication strategies as best practice methods to support families in health care situations.

NURS 645  FNP: Care of Women    6 sem. hrs.

This course presents theories, principles and skills in assessing, promoting, and maintaining the health of women across the lifespan, with a focus on the gynecologic and reproductive health needs of women. Management of common health problems is included. Clinical experiences will focus on competency in the evidence-based management of women’s health. (125 clinical hours).

Prerequisites: NURS 614, 640, 641.

NURS 646  Leg Iss in Adv Practice Nursin    1 sem. hr.

The focus of this course is to introduce the statutes ORC 4723-8, ORC 4723-9 and relevant issues that impact/govern the advanced practice nurse. Documentation, patient rights and nursing malpractice/negligence will be explored as well as malpractice insurance, and standard of care agreements ORC 4723-8-04.

NURS 647  FNP:Clients Mult Chronic Condi    6 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on the intricacies and interrelationships between disease processes, human physiology, and pharmacologic and other treatment modalities inherent in the care of the adult or elderly patient with multiple chronic healthcare conditions (MCC). Prerequisites: NURS 610, 642, 640, 641

NURS 648  Interprofessional Collaborat    1 sem. hr.

Students in this course will learn to optimize collaborative health care practice by engaging with students from other health care professions to discuss practice, patient safety and provision of care to persons across the lifespan with particular attention to those with multiple chronic conditions. Topics include interprofessional activities and issues that arise in collaborative practice.

NURS 649  FNP: Care of Fam in Pri Care    5 sem. hrs.

This course serves as the capstone experience for the FNP program. This course synthesizes all material from previous FNP courses and focuses on refining and integrating clinical learning modalities, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and evaluation for all members of the family including rural and underserved populations. Didactic and clinical experiences promote a seamless transition into professional practice. (200 clinical hours).

Prerequisites: all previousFNP clinical courses (FNP I-IV).

NURS 691  Independent Study    1 sem. hr.

Directed readings, discussions, and research of specific topics in nursing. By arrangement with the instructor and with permission of the Program Director and Dean of the School of Nursing.

NURS 693  Graduate Statistics    3 sem. hrs.

This course is intended for students who require an understanding of basic statistical techniques used in bio-behavioral research. Key statistical concepts relevant to bio-statistics and the behavioral sciences are reviewed, such as populations and samples, variables and level of measurement, central tendency, and variability. Probability Inferential statistical tests common to bio-behavioral research are studied including independent and dependent samples t-tests, simple linear regression, analysis of variance and non-parametric equivalents of these tests.

NURS 701  Nurs Sci Adv Pract:Theor/Found    3 sem. hrs.

This course explores the development of advanced practice nursing knowledge. The process of critiquing, evaluating and utilizing theoretical knowledge as a context for nursing practice is emphasized. The development and use of various theories in practice are brought together from the perspective of clinical nursing and other scientific disciplines as a foundation for achieving optimal client outcomes.

NURS 702  Advanced Nursing Research    3 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on the translation of research into practice and the dissemination of new knowledge. Students explore evidence-based practice and engage in leadership of the translation of research into practice and the evaluation of current practice to improve health care outcomes. The students will generate evidence through their practice to guide improvements in both practice and the outcomes of care. A project related to a population of interest will be developed. The analysis and critique of research studies is the primary method for developing the knowledge and skills relevant to improve the quality of care and improve health care outcomes.

NURS 703  Biostatistic for Outcomes Eval    3 sem. hrs.

This course provides students with the basis for understanding and interpreting commonly used statistical tests and their application in the evaluation of clinical outcomes. Students will apply statistical methods in the analysis of existing outcome data.

NURS 705  App of Epidemiol to Hlth Serv    3 sem. hrs.

This course explores the determinants and distribution of health and illness; application of epidemiological principles and biostatistics to advanced nursing practice and health care delivery. Nurse executives and clinical nurse leaders are provided the conceptual orientation and the knowledge of techniques from epidemiology to design, manage, and evaluate nursing and health care delivery systems which are focused on populations. The epidemiologic approach along with evidence based practice serves as the basis for analysis and application of the theory and skills needed to assess, plan and evaluate the care of populations within integrated healthcare systems. Cultural, ethical, and organizational factors impacting at-risk populations are explored.

NURS 706  Hlth Care Policy, Organ/Financ    3 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on analysis and synthesis of organizational theories within the health care environment and the impact of ethics, values, politics, and market forces on the structure and function of nursing and health care organizations. The evaluation of system level coordination and policy issues and the analysis of contributions of nurse executives to improving the health care systems are explored. The application of economic and financial theories in understanding thestrategic impact of market dynamics, utilities, incentive structures, and driving and restraining forces in health care change is highlighted. The emphasis is on critically analyzing the actual and potential impact of these dynamics on the structure and function of the health care system.

NURS 708  Translat Evid to Clinl Pract    2 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on the critical examination of data analysis and interpretation for advanced nursing practice research problems. SPSS statistical program will be utilized for data analysis. Issues related to data analysis and interpretation of results will be discussed.

NURS 710  NursLead Rol/Eth in ComHlthSys    3 sem. hrs.

In this course students synthesize ethical theoretical leadership concepts with personal and professional values and gain an appreciation for the changing sociocultural context in which clinical leadership is practiced. Within a clinical context, working with multiple disciplines and stakeholders, communication, negotiation, and conflict management is addressed. Transformation of systems, informatics, demographic and cultural trends, and advocating for ethical decision-making are emphasized. Using principles of chaos and complexity theory, studentswill explore methods for assessing organizations, identifying emerging issues, and facilitating organization-wide changes.

NURS 715  Clinical in Advanced Specialty    1-3 sem. hrs.

This course provides students with an opportunity to explore select population based health care issues in a clinical setting. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring and utilizing clinical knowledge inherent in the development of clinical innovations. Based on select clinical experiences, students will develop comprehensive clinical narratives for analysis.

NURS 718  Health Informatics    3 sem. hrs.

Students will explore healthcare informatics concepts, theories, legal and ethical implications, and applications within the healthcare environment and classroom. Critical issues affecting the development and implementation of information technologies (clinical, administrative and learning), knowledge management principles, and professional practice trends will be analyzed. Emerging information and communication technology in health care will be explored. Emphasis is on thehealth informatics resources to implement health care outcome improvementand support practice and administrative decision-making. Students will apply new knowledge, manage individual and aggregate level information, and assess the efficacy of patient care technology appropriate to their area of practice (30 clinical hours).

NURS 721  Mgmt for Qual Impr/Hlth Care    3 sem. hrs.

This course provides students with the tools needed to evaluate and improve health care programs and clinical outcomes through the development of reliable evaluation designs. Emphasis is placed on the process of care delivery and its related components including program evaluation of clinical outcomes, efficiency, resource allocation and cost reduction.

NURS 725  Adv Leader in Clin Practice    6 sem. hrs.

This course is designed to advance the student’s ability to use leadership and management theory in nursing practice within current and emerging organizational systems. The student will build on previous course work to further develop the DNP leadership role in these focus areas: leadership development, management of care, collaboration with other health professionals, group and team dynamics, finance, physician relations/alignment, planning and human resource management.(150 clinical hours).

NURS 730  Residency Practicum    3 sem. hrs.

This course is designed to provide a culminating practicum experience for the DNP leadership student. Students will focus on promoting evidence based practice as interdisciplinary team members and providing high quality, cost effective care in a dynamic health care environment. Emphasis is placed on further refinement of competencies related to the leadership complex issues, organizations, and systems (150 clinical hours).

NURS 731  DNP Scholarly Project    1-4 sem. hrs.

Students undertake a systematic investigation of a clinical or administration based problem selected by the student and supported by faculty. The student will identify the problem to be addressed, review and critique pertinent literature, and implement and evaluate the project. The designed and approved project will be implemented and within a mentored and supervised clinical immersion experience. The project uses an evidence-based practice model and is systematically developed in consultation with the student’s doctorate of nursing practice and scholarly project committee who evaluates each step of the process (200 clinical hours).