Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

NP Courses

Course
NUR1091Y / 1092Y / 1093Y Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics

This course will explore theoretical perspectives on the mechanism of altered functioning of human cells, organs, organ systems and the organism as a whole. Material in this course builds on the previous knowledge of physiology and introductory pathophysiology. In addition, this course will provide students with knowledge of basic pharmacologic concepts, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. Drug therapy considerations in special populations such as geriatric, paediatric, early immigrant, as well as in clients with chronic disease states and altered hepatic and renal function will be discussed.

Submission of a health evaluation & immunization form is required prior to registration.
(Online 3 hours/week)

Program Requirements Course Type: Adult Emphasis/ Paediatric Emphasis / Primary Health Care - Global Health Emphasis
NUR1094H Research Design, Appraisal, and Utilization: Nurse Practitioner

The focus of this course is on the critical examination of nurse practitioner research, with an emphasis on maintaining the links between the research problem, theory, and research methods. Consideration is given primarily to quantitative research approaches, designs, data collection and analysis, and implementing and disseminating findings. Strategies for critically analyzing research studies and for utilizing research findings in clinical practice are discussed. At the end of this course, you should be able to become a confident and efficient user of health care research, and an advocate for evidence-based practice.

Course content falls within the following major categories:

1. Why should research inform practice? The benefits - and stress - of making decisions about the best form of care for a patient. Formulating a clear, answerable health care question.
2. Finding the evidence: searching relevant databases.
3. Critical appraisal of research publications: advantages and disadvantages of common quantitative research designs. Issues include bias, confounding variables, statistical power, generalizability, interpreting results, and determining implications for practice.
4. Systematic reviews and meta-analysis: synthesizing the evidence. How to critically read a systematic review and apply its conclusion to practice.
5. Measurement: critical appraisal of reports of diagnostic and screening tests; interpreting the results of psychometric studies.
6. Strategies to implement and disseminating evidence: preparing for and implementing change in practice.
NUR1095H Introduction to Qualitative Research: Methodologies, Appraisal and Knowledge Translation: Nurse Practitioner

Increasingly, qualitative modes of inquiry are used in nursing and social science research to better understand health, illness, and health care delivery. This course is designed to provide students in the nurse practitioner field with a strong understanding of the philosophical foundations, approaches, and methods associated with qualitative research, and to acquaint students with critical issues and debates among qualitative researchers. This course will enhance students’ capacities to understand, evaluate, and utilize qualitative research in nursing and health sciences, and will contribute to their development for advanced practice.
NUR1096H History of Ideas in Nursing Practice: Nurse Practitioner

This course will critically explore some aspects of the discourse of nursing through the examination and interpretation of both historical and contemporary accounts of nursing practice in light of shifting and prevailing intellectual ideas, socio-cultural and/or historical circumstances. An emphasis will be placed on both the continuities and discontinuities in nursing practice through time. This course will help students to articulate nurse practitioner practice, its philosophical ontologies, and its relationship to or place within the contemporary historical world dominated by globalization, neoliberalism, managerialism and proliferating virtual technologies. At the same time, we will explore the distinctive contributions of nurses to the care of the sick and the running of the health care system.
NUR1097H Program Planning and Evaluation in Nursing: Nurse Practitioner

In this course, you will use existing evidence and theory to: 1) develop and implement solutions for problems or issues in your practice, and 2) evaluate programs / interventions in nursing and health care. As a nurse practitioner, you will have many opportunities to design, implement, and evaluate new programs or interventions as well as leading changes in what and how nursing care is provided and arranged. This course will prepare you to thoroughly assess the nature and scope of a problem, as well as to design, implement, and evaluate the effects of a solution or program to address a problem. You will draw heavily from and build on what you learned in your research courses regarding evidence and interpretation of data collected using different types of research designs.

This course contributes to your development as an advanced practice nurse—such as clinical, research, leadership and consultation and collaboration (Advanced Nursing Practice: A National Framework 2008). The Canadian Nurses Association has identified competencies required of advanced practice nurses in the document 'Advanced Nursing Practice: A National Framework' (2008). Specifically, this course is intended to develop your knowledge, skill, and judgment related to the CNA advanced practice competencies of research, leadership, and consultation / collaboration.
NUR1101H / 1102H / 1114H Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning: Adult / Paediatric / Primary Health Care - Global Health

Prepare to perform advanced health and physical assessment of the child or adult and family who are experiencing illness. Students must be competent in basic health and physical assessment, and the associated techniques prior to beginning the course. Models of clinical reasoning are investigated, critically reviewed and applied to a broad range of clinical case studies as students develop knowledge and skill in the collection of data, diagnostic approaches and formulation of therapeutic plans in collaboration with clients and families. Practical elements of advanced client assessment are addressed in terms of their impact on the client's health status, including physical and mental status, psychosocial status, developmentally appropriate approaches to assessment, growth and development milestones, family, cultural and community factors, and the implications of determinants of health and risk appraisal. Clinical, theoretical and scientific knowledge is synthesized in the identification and management of existing and potential client states of health and illness. Approaches to effective written and verbal communication of findings to lay individuals and health professional colleagues as they relate to the client and family are addressed.

Submission of a health evaluation & immunization form is required prior to registration.

Prerequisite: NUR1100
(Online 3 hours/week, 100 clinical hours)

Program Requirements Course Type: Adult Emphasis/ Paediatric Emphasis / Primary Health Care - Global Health Emphasis
NUR1115H / 1116H / 1117H Advanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management I

This field experience course incorporates a combination of faculty instruction, guest lectures, and clinical practice. The course provides students with opportunities to analyze synthesize and integrate theoretical principles and concepts into clinical practice with emphasis on diagnostic understanding, developmental issues and collaboration with clients, families and other health professionals.

During the 250 hours of clinical practice, client/family health and illness states are used to build the students' development of advanced skills (e.g., interviewing, physical examination, diagnostics) related to client and family assessment, and to integrate diagnostic reasoning, and treatment planning/therapeutic management into practice. Application of the clinical reasoning process is integral to the students' experiences. Students will continue to develop advanced knowledge, skill and judgment related to client and family assessment, incorporating knowledge of diversity, cultural safety, developmental stage and social determinants of health into their assessments, diagnostics, diagnoses and therapeutic plans.

During clinical practicum components, students will become familiar with changes in scope of practice from that of a registered nurse, and the ways that these changes affect their responsibilities and accountabilities as a nurse practitioner. Students will practice in accordance with federal and local legislation, professional and ethical standards, and policy relevant to the role of the nurse practitioner; including those that relate to privacy, documentation and information management (verbal, written and electronic).

Approximately 8 hours/week will be spent in seminar learning and participating in guest lectures. A discussion forum for seminars (online) provides an opportunity for students to facilitate dialogue and communicate ideas and issues. Clinical seminars focus on the presentation of common health and illness symptoms from adolescence through old age (Adult), birth through adolescence (Paediatric) and all ages (PHC-GH) with acute, chronic, emergent, urgent and life-threatening illnesses as well as health promotion and illness prevention activities. There will be a focus on clinical reasoning, diagnostic testing and therapeutic planning. Students in the PHC-GH emphasis will align additional learning related to vulnerable and marginalized populations. Students will critically appraise relevant research and best practice guidelines when developing assignments, participating in on-line discussions, and in clinical practice. In addition, faculty and guest lecturers will provide students the opportunity to learn from individuals actively engaged in practice and research.

Prerequisite: NUR1100 and one of NUR1101/1102/1114.
Submission and checking of a health evaluation & immunization form is required prior to registration.

(Online 3 hours/week, 250 clinical hours)

Program Requirements Course Type: Adult Emphasis/ Paediatric Emphasis / Primary Health Care - Global Health Emphasis
NUR1215H / 1216H / 1217H Advanced Health Assessment and Therapeutic Management II

This course offers a combination of on-campus synchronous/asynchronous lectures and guest presentations using a flipped classroom format. Lectures will be offered in 8h segments every 2 weeks preceded and followed by online asynchronous discussion and virtual interactive case (VIC) completion. Lecture attendance, ongoing participation in the discussion board and VIC case completion are essential to assist in the development and refinement of skills to critically appraise and synthesize relevant clinical data, research, theory and clinical practice guidelines related to geriatrics, pain, end-of-life care and medical assistance in dying, mental health, diabetes, and skin disorders/dermatologic issues. In addition, faculty and guest lecturers will provide students the opportunity to learn from individuals actively engaged in practice and research.

This course also includes 250h of clinical practicum. The course practicum should be in a practice setting that offers broad, comprehensive experience with common client/family health and illness states. During the 250 hours of clinical practice, client/family health and illness states are used to build the students' development of advanced skills related to client and family assessment, and to integrate collaboration, consultation and referral strategies into treatment plans/therapeutic management approaches. Health promotion, health protection, and the prevention of injury, illness, disease and complications are integral to students' experiences.

During clinical practicum components, students will become familiar with changes in scope of practice from that of a registered nurse, and the ways that these changes affect their responsibilities and accountabilities as a nurse practitioner. Students will practice in accordance with federal and local legislation, professional and ethical standards, and policy relevant to the role of the nurse practitioner; including those that relate to controlled drugs and substances and assisted dying.

Prerequisite: NUR1100, one of NUR1101/1102/1114 and one of NUR1115/1116/1117
Submission and checking of a health evaluation & immunization form is required prior to registration.

(Online 3 hours/week, 250 clinical hours)

Program Requirements Course Type: Adult Emphasis/ Paediatric Emphasis / Primary Health Care - Global Health Emphasis
NUR1221Y / 1222Y / 1223Y Nurse Practitioners: Roles and Issues

Taken as a final course after all other program requirements have been met. This course provides learners with opportunities to continue the analysis, synthesis and integration of advanced theoretical principles and concepts related to advanced nursing practice. Learners will examine legal, organizational and system issues and how these influence the scope of practice and standards of ethical practice, professional accountability, and outcomes of advanced nursing practice. This course is the final practicum experience and incorporates a combination of clinical experience and student/faculty-facilitated seminars.

Prerequisite: NUR1115/1116/1117Y.
Submission and checking of a health evaluation & immunization form is required prior to registration.

(Online 3 hours/week, 200 clinical hours)

Program Requirements Course Type: Consolidation Course (Required) for Adult Emphasis/ Paediatric Emphasis / Primary Health Care - Global Health Emphasis

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