Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner MSN Track

Courses

Core Curriculum

Presents the study and application of theory as the foundational guide to scholarly nursing practice, while introducing the nesting relationships between theory, research and practice. A wide range of theories (nursing as well as others) are presented to encourage the development of a comprehensive and holistic Christian approach to health care. The nature of nursing’s unique scientific body of knowledge will be emphasized.

Emphasizes the necessity of research as the basis of scholarly nursing inquiry which produces evidence-based practice. Compares qualitative and quantitative research methodology from the perspectives of purpose, design, method and analysis, focusing on quantitative design. Discusses informed consent and ethical issues related to research. Prepares students to evaluate research design, scientific merit, findings, and potential application to practice. Since an expectation of scholarship is to disseminate knowledge, the student will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the evaluation of research findings for the development of evidence-based practice.

Prepares graduates with the knowledge necessary to assume leadership roles in the management of human, fiscal, and physical health care resources. The organization of health care delivery systems and the resulting impacts are evaluated from historical, political, ethical, and economic viewpoints. Healthcare reimbursement and potential changes in payment structures are explored. The procedures and processes for policy development at the national through facility level are analyzed. The students are challenged to explore their personal value systems and to analyze how these values shape their professional practices.

Identifies and explores the influence of biologic, environmental and societal factors on health and wellness of individuals, families and communities. Emphasizes the study of personal and community-based interventions and strategies to influence the goal of health promotion and disease prevention. Considers the use of theory, research, resources, social policies and regulatory requirements as avenues to promote health from a personal, community and global perspective. Included in this course is the role of spirituality as a component of health promotion and holistic nursing practice. Students are introduced to practical applications and tools for spiritual formation, while exploring the idea of professional nursing as ministry through vocation. The student is encouraged to appreciate a multi-faceted workforce in health care organization and delivery to stimulate positive societal and global outcomes. Related issues associated with the rapidly expanding aging population, human diversity, cultural sensitivity and global awareness are also included.

Facilitates student development of an evidence-based project designed to improve an identified issue, practice, procedure, or area in primary care. Project completion requires a formal written paper, oral presentation, and project dissemination.

Direct Care Core Curriculum

Provides a systematic and holistic presentation of advanced assessment techniques, concepts, and approaches to evaluate the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual conditions of all human systems. Includes characteristics such as genetics, behavior, communication, health literacy, and learning styles. Emphasis is placed on linking the assessment to diagnosis, to treatment, including adult education in primary care settings.

Develops an in-depth scientific knowledge base of advanced physiology and pathophysiology conditions across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on linking physiology to pathophysiology, at the micro to macro level, to formulate the clinical decisions needed in primary healthcare prevention, treatment, and maintenance management. Uses scientific knowledge to differentiate between normal and abnormal changes in physiological development and aging.

Builds on prior knowledge of medication classification, uses, actions, interactions, and adverse reactions. Emphasis is placed on linking the formulation of clinical decisions to the initiation of treatment regimens for commonly encountered primary care conditions. Focuses on the use of protocols, prescription writing, and the advanced practice nurse’s role in prescribing and monitoring pharmacologic therapies in the primary care setting. Addresses dosages and dosage-dependent medication effects as well as adjusting medication dosages, monitoring patient compliance, problem identification, and physician consultation.  

Offers students faculty-supervised clinical experiences with adolescent and adult patients in the primary care setting, including patient/family education, providing preventive healthcare, managing acute or episodic illness (including the ordering and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic procedures), differential diagnosis, and the prescription of therapeutic interventions. Students have the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in the didactic course to the clinical arena and to explore practice with a nurse practitioner or physician in primary care.

Provides the nurse practitioner student with the content necessary to provide holistic, compassionate care to culturally diverse adolescent through adult patients. Prepares students to provide patient and/or family education, preventive healthcare, manage common acute or episodic illnesses, and the provision of care for common chronic diseases in the primary care environment. Advanced assessment skills (including the ordering and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic procedures), differential diagnoses, and evidence-based therapeutic interventions are used for anticipated optimal patient outcomes. Nurse practitioner standards of practice, and role competencies are emphasized.

Offers students faculty-supervised clinical experiences with elderly patients in the primary care setting, including patient/family education, providing preventive healthcare, managing acute or episodic illness (including the ordering and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic procedures), differential diagnosis, and the prescription of therapeutic interventions. Students have the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in the didactic course to the clinical arena and to explore practice with a nurse practitioner or physician preceptor in primary care.

Provides the nurse practitioner student with the content necessary to provide holistic, compassionate care to culturally diverse elderly patients. Prepares students to provide patient and/or family education, preventive healthcare, manage common acute or episodic illnesses, and the provision of care for common chronic diseases in the primary care environment. Advanced assessment skills (including the ordering and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic procedures), differential diagnoses, and evidence-based therapeutic interventions are used for anticipated optimal patient outcomes. Emphasis is placed on differentiating and treating morbidity and identifying the normal aging process.

Focuses on the incorporation of previous knowledge, skills, and role behaviors in a concentrated, experiential, supervised clinical opportunity to function in the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner role. Students apply advanced clinical decision-making skills, and evidence-based practice guidelines to the assessment, diagnosis, management, and evaluation of health care problems in the adult population (adolescent to elderly) under the guidance of a preceptor. 

Functional Area Content Courses

Examines legal, ethical, and practice issues of importance to the nurse practitioner including a review of the legal and regulatory landscape of establishing an NP practice, the ethical implications of providing care and the nurse practitioner's role in addressing health disparities.  Leadership in the practice and policy arena will be explored through the identification of opportunities for the nurse practitioner to impact policy and make practice contributions that will benefit individuals and communities.  ​

Explores the transitions necessary to assume the nurse practitioner role and to make independent decisions about the advanced nursing care needs of patients in primary care. Discusses the requirements for advanced practice in Kansas, and in anticipated practice states, and the authority vested in the advance practice nurse to make medical diagnoses and decisions and implement medical plans of care.  Identifies the adjustments needed for the nurse to move from a care provider to a care director. Explores the possibilities of collaboration with multiple stakeholders to improve care in the adult-gerontology population.

Presents leadership concepts and theories, as well as an orientation to organizational structures and dynamics in health care delivery systems. Students examine theories and analyze environmental and societal determinants that influence an organization’s capacity for change and quality improvement. The complementary qualities of leadership and management are examined and their impact on organizational effectiveness and corporate success is analyzed. Interventions that advance and strengthen the organizational mission and vision are explored.

The role the advanced practice nurse in informatics is examined with an emphasis on the impact of the policy in the development of public health informatics and the potential of health information technology to enhance quality and safety, cost reduction and population health.  Data management and quality improvement methodologies are analyzed that promote improvement in health care outcomes.  Point-of-care technology and digital innovations that assist in the delivery of care are examined and analyzed for their benefit to the patient and health care consumer. 

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