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Graduate Studies Catalog (1999-2001)


Nursing

Department of Nursing

Chairperson and Associate Professor: Kathryn M. Wood, Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo. Assistant Professors: Carmela Rehtz, Ed.D., University of Rochester; Nancy Iafrati, M.S., F.N.P., University of Rochester; Kathleen Peterson-Sweeney, M.S., P.N.P., University of Rochester; Mary Ellen Robin son, M.S., F.N.P., University of Rochester.

Philosophy
The curriculum of the Department of Nursing is derived from the program's mission, purpose, objectives and organizing framework. The philosophy describes the faculty's beliefs concerning the purpose of nursing, the focus of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, and the expectations for program graduates.

The philosophy of the Department of Nursing states that:

The faculty of the Department of Nursing at the State University of New York College at Brockport believes that education is a lifelong process which fosters the cultural, psychosocial, and intellectual development of the individual. The faculty fully supports the mission of the College, recognizing that students bring to the educational setting a diversity of abilities, motivations, experiences, and cultures. Accordingly, opportunities are provided at both the undergraduate and graduate level, which allow each individual to build on past knowledge and experience and to develop within the educational philosophy of the State University of New York. The faculty believes that nursing is a profession, science, and art with the primary purpose of assisting clients--individuals, families and communities--to retain, attain, and maintain an optimal level of wellness through purposeful interventions.

The faculty believes that clients are a composite of physiological, psychological, developmental, sociocultural, and spiritual dimensions. Professional nurses utilize the nursing process to manage care of clients through out the life cycle. Nurses work independently and in collaboration with other health professionals.

Nursing education utilizes knowledge drawn from nursing, the liberal arts, sciences, and humanities. Nursing curricula emphasize the development of concepts and skills which are essential to nursing practice, leadership and research, and fosters the development of critical thinking. Students are active, responsible participants in the learning process.

The faculty believes that baccalaureate education serves as the foundation for graduate study and continuing professional and personal growth. The master's program prepares specialists who will assume a leadership role in the delivery of health care to individuals across life's continuum.

Program Purpose
The purpose of the program is the educational preparation of graduates of baccalaureate nursing programs who desire the advanced practice knowledge and skills of a family nurse practitioner. The program also prepares the student to assume a leadership role in the delivery of primary health care in both urban and rural settings and to initiate and participate in scholarly inquiry.

Program Objectives
Based upon the foregoing statements of philosophical beliefs and purpose, the following program objectives have been articulated. At the completion of the Master of Science/Family Nurse Practitioner Program, the graduate will:

1. Demonstrate advanced practice nursing expertise in the role of a family nurse practitioner.

2. Assume a leadership role in the delivery of quality health care to individuals and families across the lifespan in a variety of settings.

3. Integrate theories, concepts, and models from nursing and related disciplines to form the basis for the advanced practice role of the family nurse practitioner.

4. Utilize the process of scientific inquiry to critique research and to validate, refine, and expand the scientific knowledge base of nursing.

5. Analyze the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual variables that impact individual and family health outcomes.

6. Apply nursing strategies that incorporate the managerial, educational, economic, ethical, political, and socio-cultural dimensions of the health-illness paradigm to the delivery of health care.

7. Demonstrate the ability to engage in collegial and collaborative intra and interdisciplinary relationships within the health care delivery system.

8. Meet the educational requirements for national certification and New York state licensure as a family nurse practitioner.

9. acquire the foundation for further educational and professional growth.

Program Structure and Content
The program of study is directed toward the preparation of nurses for advanced nursing practice as family nurse practitioners. The program empowers nurses to assume a leadership role in the delivery of primary health care to individuals and families across the lifespan. A community-based approach is employed in the development of advanced knowledge and practice competencies. Interdisciplinary collaboration, consultation, and scholarly inquiry is emphasized within the context of the program. The curriculum is directed toward offering a dynamic set of educational experiences that capitalize on the rich and varied learning opportunities found within the College and surrounding community settings. The curriculum is designed to accommodate both students seeking Master of Science/Family Nurse Practitioner preparation as well as students who have earned a master's degree in nursing and who seek a post master's advanced certificate as a family nurse practitioner.

Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Program Requirements The master's nursing program requires the completion of 48 credit hours of coursework. The program will have three major components:

1. graduate core course component that includes a research sequence with a master's thesis or project option, theoretical foundations for nursing health care systems management and professional role courses;

2. a family nurse practitioner course component that includes family theory, advanced pharmacology, advanced pathophysiology, health assessment for advanced practice nursing, and three advanced practice nursing courses; and

3. a special focus component that offers course support in rural health, substance abuse, or an area of special interest selected by the student with faculty advisement.

The curriculum of the graduate program is structured to be highly flexible and responsive to students' educational and professional backgrounds and goals, and also proactive in responding to change within the field of health care. The master's degree requirement of 48 credits may be completed on either a full-or part-time basis. Graduates of the Master of Science/Family Nurse Practitioner Program will be eligible to pursue national certification and obtain New York state licensure as a family nurse practitioner.

Graduate Core Courses Credits
NUR 600 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing 3
NUR 610, 620, 630 Nursing Research (3 course sequence) 6
NUR 640 Health Care Systems Management 3
NUR 650 Professional Role 1

Total: 13

Family Nurse Practitioner Courses
NUR 660 Family Theory 3
NUR 670 Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NUR 680 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 690 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NUR 700 Advanced Practice Nursing I 4
NUR 710 Advanced Practice Nursing II 4
NUR 720 Advanced Practice Nursing III 4

Total: 24

Family Nurse Practitioner Special Focus Options Rural Health Focus Option Credits
NUR 730 Epidemiology in Health Care 3
NUR 740 Issues in Rural Health and Safety 3
NUR 750 Special Focus Internship 5

Total: 11

or

Substance Abuse Focus Option
HLS 518 Alcohol Use and Abuse 3
HLS 535 Alcohol and Substance
Abuse Evaluation and Assessment 3
NUR 750 Special Focus Internship 5

Total: 11

or

Self-Selected Focus Option
Elective 3
Elective 3
NUR 750 Special Focus Internship 5

Total: 11

Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Certificate Program Requirements Nurses who have earned a master's degree in nursing may pursue the 35-credit-hour program of study leading to the Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Advanced Certificate. In addition to the family nurse practitioner course component, the program requires a Special Focus option which includes an internship and two supportive electives. Individualized plans of study will be developed in accordance with a student's academic and experiential backgrounds and professional goals. Those who complete the advanced certificate program will be eligible to pursue national certification and obtain New York state licensure as a family nurse practitioner.

Post Master's Certificate Courses Credits
NUR 660 Family Theory 3
NUR 670 Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NUR 680 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 690 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NUR 700 Advanced Practice Nursing I 4
NUR 710 Advanced Practice Nursing II 4
NUR 720 Advanced Practice Nursing III 4
NUR 750 Special Focus Internship 5
Elective 3
Elective 3

Total: 35

Requirements for Degree Completion
The full-time masterÕs student should complete the program in two y ears (four consecutive semesters). The length of time for part-time master's students and post-master's students to complete degree/advanced certificate requirements will vary according to their personal and professional schedules.

All degree requirements must be completed within five calendar years of the date of initial matriculation. An extension to the five-year program limit may be requested through the director. If an extension is granted and the requirements are not completed by the end of the extension, the student will lose matriculation status. A t that point, the student must apply for re-admission to the program and will lose credit for courses taken more than five years prior to the new matriculation date. Master's degree candidates must also satisfactorily complete and present a master's thesis or project and demonstrate that a minimum grade of "B" in all required courses has been maintained throughout their course of study.

Admission to the Master of Science/Family Nurse Practitioner Program Admission to the Master of Science/Family Nurse Practitioner Program at SUNY College at Brockport is based on the academic and personal qualifications of the respective applicant with out regard to race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, marital or veteran status, or disability. Faculty from the program serve on the Graduate Nursing Admissions and Progression Committee, chaired by the Director of the Graduate Program. The committee reviews and makes recommendations for admission. The Graduate Nursing Admissions and Progression Committee gives primary consideration to academic achievement, potential for successful completion of Master of Science/Family Nurse Practitioner Program, and potential for success as a family nurse practitioner.

Admission is competitive, based on the number of well-qualified applicants and the limits of available faculty and resources within the program. Applicants who meet stated admission requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths (e.g., credentials) that reveal potential ability for graduate study.

Admission Requirements

* A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

* The equivalent of two years of recent full-time nursing practice experience before matriculation.*

* Undergraduate transcripts documenting a grade point average ³ 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

* Current registered professional nurse licensure in New York state.

* Three letters of reference attesting to the applicant's professional qualities, practice competency and academic ability.

* Documentation of successful completion of a basic physical assessment course and an introductory statistics course.

* A personal statement of educational and professional goals.

* A personal interview with representatives of the Graduate Nursing Admissions and Progression Committee.

*Students having less than two years of full-time nursing practice experience may be admitted to the program with the stipulation that the advanced nursing practice courses may not be taken until the experience requirement has been fulfilled.

Procedures for Admission to the Master of Science/Family Nurse Practitioner Program Full- and part-time students are admitted to the Master of Science/Family Nurse Practitioner Program in the fall semester of each year. The deadline for application to the program is February 1.

Application forms and information describing the admission process may be obtained from the SUNY Brockport's Graduate Admissions Office. Admission procedures require an applicant to submit to the Graduate Admissions Office the following:

* a completed and signed application form with a non-refundable $50 application fee.

* official transcripts of previous undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate course work.

* three letters of reference from individuals who can attest to the applicant's ability to do graduate level work and/or to his/her practice competence.

* a personal statement that reflects the applicant's educational and professional goals.

The Department of Nursing's Graduate Admissions and Progression Committee, after an evaluation of the applicant's materials and interview, will send a letter of its decision to the applicant and a copy to the Graduate Admissions Office. The Graduate Admissions Office will then send a letter notifying the applicant of his/her matriculation.

Admission Requirements for the Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Advanced Certificate Program

* A master's degree in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

* The equivalent of two years of full-time nursing practice experience.*

* Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate academic work.

* Current registered professional nurse licensure in New York state.

* Three letters of reference attesting to the applicant's professional qualities and practice competency.

* A personal statement of educational and professional goals.

* A personal interview with representatives of the Graduate Nursing Admissions and Progression Committee.

*Students having less than two years of full-time nursing practice experience may be admitted to the program with the stipulation that the advanced nursing practice courses may not be taken until the experience requirement has been fulfilled.

Procedures for Admission to the Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Advanced Certificate Program Students are admitted to the Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program in the fall semester of each y ear. The deadline for application is February 1. Application forms and information describing the admission process may be obtained from the SUNY Brockport Graduate Admissions Office.

Admission procedures require an applicant to submit to the Graduate Admission Office the following:

* a completed and signed application with a nonrefundable $50 application fee.

* official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate academic work.

* three letters of reference attesting to the applicant's professional qualities and practice competency.

* a personal statement of educational and professional goals.

The Department of Nursing's Graduate Admissions and Progression Committee, after an evaluation of the applicant's materials and interview, will send a letter of its decision to the applicant and a copy to the Graduate Admissions Office. The Graduate Admissions Office will then send a letter notifying the applicant of his/her matriculation.

Graduate Nursing Courses

NUR 600 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing. Explores the theoretical bases and conceptual perspectives for nursing. Studies a variety of nursing, cognitive, sociocultural, and behavioral theories and conceptual frameworks. Applies theories and concepts to guide the provision of health care across the lifespan and health continuum. 3 Cr.

NUR 610 Nursing Research I. Emphasizes application of the research process to advanced practice nursing. Focuses on the philosophical, logical, and methodological frame works for nursing research. Explores interdisciplinary research and its implications for advanced nursing practice. Provides students with the opportunity to develop a research proposal which encompasses the conceptual and design phases of the research process and focuses on a problem in primary health care. 3 Cr.

NUR 620 Nursing Research II. Prerequisite: NUR 610. Provides students with the opportunity to implement a scholarly plan of action that addresses a primary health care problem. Emphasizes the application of collaborative and consultative skills during this component of the research sequence. Develops further the master's thesis or master's project. Encompasses the empirical and analytic phases of the research process. 2 Cr.

NUR 630 Nursing Research III. Prerequisite: NUR 610, 620. Focuses on the principles and skills of professional presentation of scholarly work. Encompasses the dissemination phase of the research process which incorporates use of appropriate methods to communicate findings, which include practice applications, and recommendations for future scholarly inquiry. Incorporates modification of the master's thesis or project for its future utilization. 1 Cr.

NUR 640 Health Care Systems Management. Presents an examination of nursing, organizational, and managerial theories and their application to selected community-based health care environments. Emphasizes the development and processes of interdisciplinary and community partnerships, information systems, health care policy and economics. 3 Cr.

NUR 650 Professional Role. Focuses on master's prepared nurse's professional role socialization and leadership within the health care delivery system. Examines professional, ethical, legal/regulatory, economic, and sociopolitical issues that impact on role enactment. 1 Cr.

NUR 660 Family Theory. Focuses on critical life phases and occurrences within the family system that can impact family development, relationships, and wellness. Analyzes family life processes from various theoretical perspectives. Applies family theory in client assessment and intervention. 3 Cr.

NUR 670 Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing. Combines lecture and laboratory/ clinical learning experiences to guide the development of advanced practice nursing competencies in the health assessment of individuals and families across the lifespan. Emphasizes the integration of physiological, psychosocial, cultural, developmental and spiritual assessment into interviewing, history taking and physical examination. Focuses on the critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning processes, and effective written and verbal communication skills. 3 Cr.

NUR 680 Advanced Pharmacology. Advances knowledge of pharmacological therapeutics and the assessment, decision making, teaching, monitoring, and evaluative approaches related to pharmacotherapeutic applications to client care. Presents lecture presentations, with integrated use of case study analyses as an essential component of this course. Includes legal and ethical considerations and the principles regarding selection of pharmaceutical agents and prescriptive authority. 3 Cr.

NUR 690 Advanced Pathophysiology. Provides a scientific knowledge base relevant to selected pathophysiologic states commonly encountered in primary health care. Fosters critical thinking and clinical decision making through the analysis of selected pathophysiological conditions. 3 Cr.

NUR 700 Advanced Practice Nursing I. Co/Prerequisite: NUR 670, 680, 690. Emphasizes assisting clients and families to attain and maintain their highest level of health functioning. Provides a theoretical context along with supervised clinical practice. Addresses client/family responses to common acute and chronic health problems through the integration of physiologic, pathophysiologic, psychosocial, cultural, developmental and spiritual domains. Focuses on the nurse practitioner management of the health care of clients/families from the newborn through the adolescent period. 4 Cr.

NUR 710 Advanced Practice Nursing II. Co/Prerequisite: NUR 670, 680, 690. Emphasizes assisting clients and families to attain and maintain their highest level of health functioning. Provides a theoretical context along with supervised clinical practice. Addresses client/family responses to common acute and chronic health problems through the integration of physiologic, pathophysiologic, psychosocial, cultural, developmental and spiritual domains. Focuses on the nurse practitioner management of the health care needs of clients from the young adult through the childbearing and childrearing period. 4 Cr.

NUR 720 Advanced Practice Nursing III. Co/Prerequisite: NUR 670, 680, 690. Emphasizes assisting clients and families to reach and maintain their highest level of health functioning. Provides a theoretical context along with supervised clinical practice. Addresses client/family responses to common acute and chronic health problems through the integration of physiologic, pathophysiologic, psychosocial, cultural, developmental and spiritual domains. Focuses on the nurse practitioner management of the health care of clients from middle to older adult hood. 4 Cr.

NUR 730 Epidemiology in Health Care. Examines the distribution patterns and determinants of health and disease frequencies in populations for the purpose of promoting wellness and preventing disease. Investigates environmental conditions, lifestyles and other circumstances associated with the presence or absence of health/illness. Provides a means for gathering and organizing data needed to plan, implement, and evaluate health care for the individual, family, and community client. 3 Cr.

NUR 740 Issues in Rural Health and Safety. Presents the major issues and challenges that impact on the provision of health care to rural populations. Focuses on the unique aspects of commonly occur ring rural health issues including occupational health and safety. 3 Cr.

NUR 750 Special Focus Internship. Prerequisite: NUR 700, 710, 720. Provides the family nurse practitioner student with concentrated clinical practice opportunities in a special interest area of the student's choice. Uses a precepted clinical practicum to allow synthesis of learning and application of advanced knowledge and practice competencies to the role of a family nurse practitioner. Student seminars are conducted throughout the course. Specific objectives, methods of evaluation, and other requirements for this clinical experience will be individualized and determined prior to course registration. 5 Cr.


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