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Nursing Education Specialization

Nursing Education Specialization

Train to Care -- Learn to Teach

As the healthcare workforce continues to grow, demand is high for qualified instructors to teach and train the next generation of nurses. Sacred Heart's Nursing Education specialization will complement your clinical training with the latest theories and strategies in teaching and learning. With this specialization, graduates can explore career opportunities in nursing schools or instructor positions at hospitals or other healthcare organizations.

From a basic understanding of the issues surrounding nursing education to the latest advances in curriculum design and evaluation, a Master of Science in Nursing with a Nursing Education specialization will prepare you for a rapidly growing and critically important role in our nation's healthcare system.

The Nursing Education track of the SHU Online MSN fulfills the education requirement for the certification as a Nurse Educator certified through the National League for Nursing (NLN). Graduates of the SHU Online MSN program who have completed all Nursing Education courses and 120 hours of clinical are eligible to seek NLN Certified Nurse Educator certification.

If you have questions regarding the requirements for certification, please contact NLN directly.

Learn more about how you can teach and guide other nurses with Sacred Heart's online MSN with a Nursing Education specialization: call us at 877-791-7181 or request more information.

Core Courses Credit Hours
NU 501 Health Care Policy & Ethics for Contemporary Nursing Practice 3
NU 530 Theory and Professional Roles for Contemporary Nursing Practice 3
NU 601 Principles of Health Care Research for Contemporary Nursing Practice 3
NU 602 Evidence-based Practice for Quality Care 3
Nursing Education Specialization Courses Credit Hours
NU 553 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NU 554 Application of Comprehensive Health Assessment Methods 3
NU 575 Health Care Information Systems 3
NU 588 Theoretical Basis of Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education 3
NU 589 Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
NU 605 Pharmacology for the Nurse Leader
NU 619 Principles of Patient and Staff Education 3
NU 690 Nursing Education Role Practicum 3
NU 691 Nursing Education Role Capstone 3

 

Prerequisite Courses will be added to your curriculum plan if not completed previously

NU 325 Health Assessment for RNs – Prerequisite for all MSN specialization tracks Utilizing the conceptual framework of the nursing program, this course focuses on comprehensive health assessment. Adequate data collection and careful analysis for diagnostic and planning purposes is stressed. The student will use the diagnostic reasoning process to formulate nursing diagnoses based on the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA) nomenclature. The nursing laboratory experience is available for students but not required. Videotaping assessment skills is a required course tool.  Prerequisite: Acceptance to the RN-BSN or RN-MSN Nursing Major

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Integrate knowledge from nursing and the sciences into the health assessment of individuals throughout the lifespan.
  2. Demonstrate skills in health assessment through interviewing, history taking, physical assessment and functional assessment.
  3. Utilize the diagnostic reasoning process to accurately formulate judgments about health assessment data.
  4. Demonstrate principles of adequate and accurate documentation related to the health assessment of an individual.
  5. Discuss the legal and ethical implications of the role of the nurse related to health assessment.

MA 131 Statistics for Decision Making – Prerequisite for NU 601 and all MSN tracks This course is geared towards liberal arts, science and health science majors. It introduces descriptive statistics, probability distributions: both discrete and normal confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and correlation. Real world applications are offered and computer statistical software may be used. Prerequisite: One college-level Mathematics course or placement by Mathematics Department

Core Courses

NU 501 Health Care Policy & Ethics for Contemporary Nursing Practice This core course focuses on history, policy, and ethics in nursing and health care. It examines health care policy, including global health considerations, health care financing, quality and safety in health care, and the ethics of health care. Current practices in nursing and health care are viewed from the past and present as a way to contemplate the future. The course builds on a framework of critical thinking, as students explore aspects of the history of nursing and medicine, analysis of current policy development, and implications of the past for present and future actions in nursing and health care.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Explore and evaluate selected aspects of health care policy and their impact on health care services and outcomes.
  2. Discuss key issues and trends in health care delivery and legislation including scope of practice, standards of practice, credentialing, licensure, certification and prescriptive authority.
  3. Describe the major principles of health care financing, noting their relationship to policy decisions and ethical issues.
  4. Discuss the evolution of the organization and structure of health care institutions and systems within the context of achievement of health care goals and outcomes.
  5. Identify and analyze common ethical dilemmas in health care using ethical principles and decision strategies.
  6. Describe major documents that guide health care in the United States including the Institute of Medicine Report (October 2010) The Future of Nursing and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and reports from the Institute of Medicine, and their implications for professional nursing.
  7. Initiate a portfolio to begin the process of compiling and displaying a comprehensive set of professional works that reflect achievement of MSN end of program competencies.

NU 530 Theory and Professional Roles for Contemporary Nursing Practice This course is one of the graduate core classes that provides the foundation for advanced practice nursing. The role of the advance practice nurse as a member of the profession will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to theories from nursing, natural, social, biological and organizational sciences to frame their future practice. Further, students consider issues of cultural diversity and competence to assure the delivery of culturally competent care and minimization of health disparities.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Describe the role of advanced practice nurses as a member of the profession.
  2. Reflect on learning needs and opportunities for transition into the advanced practice role.
  3. Assess personal communication effectiveness.
  4. Critique, evaluate and utilize appropriate theory from nursing, natural, social, organizational and biological sciences.
  5. Develop an understanding for and appreciation of human diversity to assure the delivery of culturally competent care.
  6. Reflect on how one’s own world view and culture affects personal and professional relationships.

NU 601 Principles of Health Care Research for Contemporary Nursing Practice This course studies the field of research and its relationship to problems related to nursing and health care. Each step of the research process is explored in-depth to develop the skills to apply research to practice. Students apply critical analysis to relevant research literature to determine its usefulness and application. Statistical methods and concepts are reviewed and integrated throughout the course to promote an understanding of those concepts within the context of health care research. Emphasis is on understanding the research process through proposal development. Prerequisite: MA 131

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Examine the evolution of nursing and health care research.
  2. Generate well-worded research questions.
  3. Compare and contrast different research designs.
  4. Prepare an integrative literature review in a specified area of interest.
  5. Evaluate the strength of research evidence by critiquing key methodological steps within research reports.
  6. Interpret the relevance of statistical information in published reports.
  7. Apply principles of ethical and legal issues involved in conducting research.

NU 602 Evidence-Based Practice for Quality Care This course builds on the content of Principles of Health Care Research for Contemporary Nursing Practice (NU 601) and begins with principles inherent to a sound data collection and analysis, including both philosophical and pragmatic differences between qualitative and quantitative research. Content areas of substance include evidence-based practice, nursing theory in research, statistical analysis from the prospective of application and critique, research utilization, and issues in nursing and health care research from a national perspective. Students critique research articles according to criteria and develop a project related to evidence-based practice.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Describe the process of evidence based practice in nursing and the role of the advanced practice nurse.
  2. Use knowledge of nursing research to critically appraise research studies for their implementation into practice.
  3. Apply change theory in the implementation of an evidence based practice initiative to improve practice.
  4. Discuss national issues related to healthcare policy and quality.
  5. Interpret the relevance of statistical information in published reports.
  6. Synthesize and deepen knowledge of nursing research.
  7. Discuss best evidence, patient concerns, and clinical judgment in evidence based practice.

Nursing Education Specialization Courses

NU 553 Advanced Pathophysiology This course further prepares each student to assess in-depth the pathophysiology of common disease states. Clinical pathology content addresses alterations in major body systems that are commonly found in the primary care settings, as well as common testing used in the diagnostic process. This course assists the student in the role of advanced practice nurse with the preparation to assess clients across the lifespan.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of pathophysiology and be able to integrate this knowledge in identification of clinical findings.
  2. Demonstrate the principles of critical thinking in processing and evaluating clinical findings.
  3. Differentiate between normal and abnormal clinical findings during the health assessment process.
  4. Discuss the relevance of common abnormal clinical findings to the client.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology in common diseases and be able to apply that knowledge to typical primary care situations.
  6. Discuss appropriate use of common medical testing employed in the diagnosis of disease states.

NU 554 Application of Comprehensive Health Assessment Methods This course prepares the learner to assess in depth the biopsychosocial health status of clients across the life span by obtaining a complete and accurate health history and by performing a systematic physical examination. Acquired data will be used to formulate a comprehensive problem list for the client and refine documentation skills Content will be designed to provide correlation of assessment strategies with an understanding of the mechanisms of illness and health problems of the main body systems. Health and wellness in the context of disability will be addressed. This course assists in the socialization of the learner into the role of the clinical nurse leader or nurse educator in the current health care delivery system. The laboratory component enables the learner to develop comprehensive assessment skills. Prerequisite: NU 325

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Obtain a complete and accurate health history on clients of all ages using a developmental approach.
  2. Record data gleaned from the health history in a complete and accurate manner.
  3. Perform a focused accurate physical assessment on clients of varying ages using correct techniques of examination.
  4. Record data obtained from the physical assessment in an accurate manner.
  5. Integrate knowledge of pathophysiology, including cultural and genetic influences, with the identification of clinical findings.
  6. Differentiate between normal and abnormal clinical findings during the health assessment process.
  7. Discuss the relevance of common abnormal clinical findings to the client.
  8. Use diagnostic reasoning to formulate both a problem list and a differential diagnosis based on assessment findings, which reflects both normal and abnormal clinical findings.
  9. Discuss common laboratory and imaging studies that could be used to facilitate diagnosis.
  10. Develop performance and procedural skills necessary to complete the health assessment process.
  11. Respect the individuality, dignity, cultural beliefs, and privacy of the client.
  12. Protect the client's legal and moral rights to confidentiality.

NU 575 Health Care Information Systems An introduction to health information systems as tools for decision making and communication in health care. This course builds on prior knowledge of systems theory and utilizes change theory and information processing theory to analyze, manage and evaluate health care information. Emphasis is also on the ability to utilize information systems in the delivery of patient care and the exploration of the variety of tools available to assist in the analysis of quality care.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Explore theoretical foundations for the processing of information and change within nursing and the health care system.
  2. Explore the process of implementing technology and its impact on health care delivery.
  3. Integrate relevant knowledge from nursing and organizational theory to the management of information to guide managerial decision making.
  4. Propose a healthcare informatics project based on nursing process, change theory, and administrative strategies for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating informatics in a healthcare organization.
  5. Examine social, ethical and legal issues involved in computerized procedures related to health care delivery.
  6. Evaluate data management and computer applications used in clinical practice, nursing and healthcare administration.

NU 588 Theoretical Basis of Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education This course covers research-based educational theory and evidence based teaching/learning strategies. The theories will be examined for their application in a variety of settings, level of education, and for the adult learner. It will introduce the impact of diversity and emphasis is placed on who the learner is and how he/she learns. External issues and trends impacting on nursing education will be explored including ethical/legal considerations in course curriculum design and implementation; virtual environments for teaching/learning and external issues and trends impacting on nursing education will be explored.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Analyze educational theory and evidence based teaching/learning practices and their application to teaching and learning in nursing education.
  2. Examine the implications of ethical and legal issues in nursing education and in program/curriculum design.
  3. Recognize the diversity of learners related to culture, learning style, and motivation and select effective teaching strategies and learning activities for diverse learners based on evidence.
  4. Discuss the role and responsibilities of faculty in preparing and developing the nursing workforce.
  5. Develop evidence based teaching plan for current healthcare problem with evaluation measures with several teaching strategies and at least one evaluation method.
  6. Utilize technology in the development of an on-line teaching strategy as a part of a teaching plan.
  7. Analyze trends and issues in society, higher education, health care, and nursing and their implications for nursing education.
  8. Engage in self-reflection on how the major concepts impact personal values related to nursing education practice.

NU 589 Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Nursing Education This course prepares the student to design and implement curriculum based on evidence-based teaching/learning theory. Focus is on the process of curriculum development for an individual course including course objectives, content, learning activities, delivery of the content and student evaluation. The role of the faculty in program evaluation of the curriculum is explored.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Explore the concepts of regulation and accreditation in nursing education programs.
  2. Analyze the process of needs assessment to curriculum development.
  3. Apply the components of curriculum development to a variety of educational environments.
  4. Evaluate nursing curriculum according to published accreditation standards.
  5. Design an evaluation tool to evaluate learning on a selected topic for a group of nursing students or nursing staff.
  6. Apply evidence based assessment and evaluation strategies to evaluate learning in the classroom, online, and/or the clinical practice setting.
  7. Analyze the role of faculty in program evaluation.
  8. Explore trends and challenges in curriculum development, delivery and evaluation.

NU 605 Pharmacology for the Nurse Leader This course will focus on the pharmacotherapeutic principles of drugs most commonly used and evaluated by the Nurse Leader across health care settings. Basic pharmacological concepts, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics, as well as the principal classifications of drugs in clinical use today are discussed in relation to physiologic and psychologic concepts. The role of the Nurse Leader in teaching patients safe and effective medication administration and assessment of medication management in patients with chronic disease is emphasized. A variety of interactive and experiential activities will be utilized to enable the student to apply pharmacological theory to clinical situations and patient education.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Relate the importance of pharmacology in nursing practice.
  2. Discuss the concepts and principles related to pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of commonly used ;prescription, non-prescription drugs, and alternative therapies for common health problems experienced by individuals across the life span.
  3. Identify the relevant influencing factors that impact drug therapy with emphasis on evidence based drug classification selection, monitoring of drug therapies, identification and avoidance of adverse drug reactions and interactions.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the major drug classifications in terms of their mechanism of action, therapeutic uses, adverse effects and nursing implications.
  5. Identify the effects of cultural beliefs on nursing interventions for drug therapy across the lifespan.
  6. Assess the legal, ethical and interdisciplinary implications for the Nurse Leader in the administration of drug therapy.
  7. Critique, evaluate and utilize evidence based practice guidelines in pharmacology and drug therapy.
  8. Discuss competency in teaching principles of medication preparation and administration identifying nursing interventions which maximize therapeutic effectiveness and minimizes adverse reactions.
  9. Discuss monitoring strategies, case evaluation, and patient counseling to ensure appropriate outcomes in specific disease states, for both acute and chronic conditions.

NU 619 Principles of Patient and Staff Education The focus of the course is to explore the master’s prepared nurse’s role in education in a hospital or clinical setting. Theory and research based knowledge in the design, coordination, and evaluation of the delivery of patient care and staff education will be reviewed. Communication skills and strategies necessary to interact and collaborate with members of the interdisciplinary health care team in addition to develop a therapeutic alliance with the patient will be discussed.

This course is designed to introduce the Nurse Educator to concepts directed towards maximizing patient outcomes through empowering patients and families for the management of illness and disease across the lifespan. This course will include a range of topics including: roles of the nurse educator in a clinical setting, leading and managing change, patient education and health literacy, educating special population in the clinical setting, laws and regulation related to patient education, impact of the nurse practice act and state regulation on nursing education, and a review of the organization of health care systems and the function of the nurse educator within that system. The course is designed to prepare the master’s prepared nurse to be a leader in the development of educational programs in the clinical setting.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Articulate the various roles performed by a master’s prepared nurse educator in a clinical setting.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of various leadership and change theories and appropriately apply them.
  3. Develop appropriate patient education material based on patient’s age, reading level, and level of comprehension.
  4. Examine the needs of diverse populations in order to plan and deliver appropriate care from a nurse educator perspective.
  5. Evaluate the relevance of health literacy to patient’s ability to navigate the health care system and engage in their self-care.
  6. Demonstrate their ability to assess the needs of nursing staff and plan and implement relevant staff education programs.
  7. Interpret the laws, policies and regulations that directly impact both patient education and nursing education in a clinical setting.
  8. Articulate and demonstrate the relevancy of the QSEN Competencies (pre-licensure) to the planning of educational materials for nursing staff.
  9. Develop an understanding of how healthcare delivery systems are organized and the functions of a nurse educator within that system.
  10. Discuss how nurse educators partner with others within an interdisciplinary system.

NU 690 Nursing Education Role Practicum This is the first course in the nursing sequence for the role immersion experience in nursing education. Students apply and analyze the theories, competencies, and concepts of the two previous courses in a designated role practicum experience using a preceptor. Through this experience the student will develop an evidence based teaching project. Further, the student applies theory to practice in seminar discussion and readings. Current issues and trends in health care and nursing are integrated within each topical area.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Socialize into the role of the nurse educator.
  2. Engage in self-reflection and continued learning to improve teaching practices that facilitate learning.
  3. Assess the impact of current and future trends in society, health care, higher education, nursing, ethical/legal issues, and nursing education on the role practicum site.
  4. Analyze the organizational systems in a nursing education program as they relate to planned project.
  5. Assess the nursing educational organization, including the nursing curriculum needs.
  6. Synthesize the evidence supporting planned Capstone teaching project.
  7. Analyze the role of the faculty in the department and organization.

NU 691 Nursing Education Role Capstone This is the final course in the nursing sequence for the role immersion experience in nursing education. Students apply and analyze the theories, competencies, and concepts of the previous nurse educator courses in a designated role practicum experience using a preceptor. Through this experience the student will develop an evidence based teaching proposal. Further, the student applies theory to practice in seminar discussion and readings. Current issues and trends in health care and nursing are integrated within each topical area.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Socialize into the role of the nurse educator.
  2. Engage in self-reflection and continued learning to improve teaching practices that facilitate learning.
  3. Assess the impact of current and future trends in society, health care, higher education, nursing, ethical/legal issues, and nursing education on the role practicum site.
  4. Analyze the organizational systems in a nursing education program as they relate to planned project.
  5. Assess the nursing educational organization, including the nursing curriculum needs.
  6. Propose an assessment plan for the outcomes of the planned Capstone teaching project.
  7. Analyze the role of the faculty in the department and organization.

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