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In this program, students will advance their leadership skills, implement a quality improvement project, educate nursing staff and patients, and advocate for patients and their families at a microsystem level.  Students will use evidence-based practice guidelines to implement needed changes in healthcare.  This Clinical Nurse Leader program prepares you to deliver healthcare across the continuum, in any specialty area, and in a wide variety of settings.

NUR 501 Role Development for the Clinical Nurse Leader (3 Cr)

This theory course examines the evolution of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) role, nine core role functions, and the processes of lateral integration of the CNL role into healthcare systems. The course will include discussion of nursing theory, education theory, and healthcare ethics, in order to prepare the CNL to transition into the practice setting.

NUR 502 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 Cr)

This theory course builds upon foundational understanding of pathophysiologic processes across the lifespan and disease trajectories. The focus of this course is on changes in body systems that manifest as a result of altered health states across multiple diverse populations. It also focuses on changes needed at the microsystem level of patient care delivery to improve healthcare outcomes.

NUR 503 Advanced Health and Physical Assessment (2 Cr)

This theory and laboratory course builds upon basic assessment knowledge, skills, and clinical reasoning in a variety of settings. The focus of this course is to enhance physical examination skills for patients across the lifespan, diverse populations, and cohorts. Concepts of health disparities and social justice will be integrated. All areas are synthesized into a comprehensive approach to improve outcomes in healthcare systems.

NUR 504 Quality Safety and Outcomes (3 Cr)

This theory course prepares the Clinical Nurse Leader student to develop an understanding of risk assessment and implementation strategies for quality improvement and safety initiatives, based on evidence-based practices. Students will be introduced to quality and safety improvement tools that reduce the probability of injuries and financial loss, as well as quality management activities that ensure standards are met and healthcare quality is optimized.

NUR 505 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (3 Cr)

This theory course builds upon basic pharmacologic knowledge. The focus of this course is on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenomics, and the application of pharmacologic agents across the lifespan, diverse populations, and cohorts. Concepts of health disparities and social justice will be presented in the context of US healthcare pharmacy systems.

NUR 506 Health Promotion and Epidemiology for Advanced Practice (2 Cr)

This theory course builds upon basic knowledge of health promotion and epidemiology. Principles of health promotion, disease prevention, and population health concepts relevant to nurses preparing for the Clinical Nurse Leader role are incorporated. Theories and models of health promotion and lifestyle modification will be reviewed. Determinants of health and healthcare disparities will be studied, with special attention to the environment.

NUR 507 Research, Evidence-based Practice, and Informatics (3 Cr)

This theory course prepares the Clinical Nurse Leader student to review and evaluate health research, promote high quality nursing care, initiate change, and identify areas for improvement in nursing care including the use of informatics to enhance practice. The relationships between research and theory will be applied to promote evidence-based practice. Ethical and legal principles related to nursing research will be incorporated.

NUR 508 Transformational Leadership (3 Cr)

This theory course prepares the Clinical Nurse Leader student to build upon basic knowledge of nursing leadership and management through analysis of theories and key concepts. The focus will be on methods and strategies for intervention at the microsystem level, in order to make change through collaboration, policy development, and leadership skills. In addition, advanced ethical and critical decision making principles will be incorporated into this course.

NUR 601 Healthcare Policy and Financial Management (3 Cr)

This theory course prepares the Clinical Nurse Leader student to integrate knowledge of national and state level healthcare policy to make decisions in advanced nursing practice. The history of healthcare policy will be reviewed and current and projected healthcare trends will be analyzed. Principles of financial management will be explored.

NUR 602 Role Synthesis for Clinical Nurse Leader (1 Cr)

This discussion course focuses on the continued personal and professional development of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) role. Students will analyze aspects of the CNL role in complex situations within the context of social justice, ethical, legal, and financially responsible healthcare environments. The multiple roles and dimensions of the CNL will be synthesized in preparation for the CNL certification examination.

NUR 611 Clinical Nurse Leader Apprentice in Practice I (4 Cr)

This first precepted practicum course in the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program is designed to provide clinical experience in preparation for the CNL role. Students will be afforded opportunities to apply elements of the CNL curriculum in a practice setting. The practicum facilitates development of skills necessary for advocacy and leadership for improving healthcare delivery and patient outcomes, utilizing evidenced-based practice principles. During this semester, the student will implement a quality improvement project with attention to organizational impact. Experienced leaders within the micro- and macrosystem serve as mentors. A minimum of 200 practicum hours are required in this course.

NUR 612 Clinical Nurse Leader Apprentice in Practice II (4 Cr)

This second precepted practicum course in the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program is designed to provide clinical experience in preparation of the CNL role. Students apply elements of the CNL curriculum in a practice setting. The practicum facilitates development of skills necessary for advocacy and leadership for improving healthcare delivery and patient outcomes, utilizing evidence-based practice principles. During this semester, the student will evaluate a quality improvement capstone project with attention to organizational impact. Experienced leaders within the microsystem serve as mentors. A minimum of 200 practicum hours are required in this course.