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Georgetown University (School of Nursing & Health Studies)




Welcome to Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS).

We renovated St. Mary’s Hall several years ago. This building is the historic home of NHS on the university’s Hilltop campus. I told the architect that we wanted an “intellectual hum” to pervade our new interior. That vibrant intellectual hum continues here each day.

Our community of learners flourishes in meaningful ways—much as it has since our founding in 1903. Today, NHS houses Departments of Health Systems Administration, Human Science, International Health, and Nursing with strong graduate and undergraduate programs.

NHS faculty members oversee a multimillion-dollar research portfolio. Our faculty pursues diverse areas of inquiry, including HIV/AIDS, childhood development, health care access, and population health.

We also have opened our new Discovery Center. This 3,000-square-foot facility supports education and research among our students and faculty. In addition, we recently launched the Linda and Timothy O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, a timely initiative that we co-founded with our colleagues at Georgetown University Law Center.

ONE MISSION, ONE SCHOOL, FOUR PROGRAMS

Photo of stairwell at St. Mary's HallWho would have guessed that a training program that started in 1903 with seven students would evolve into one of the top ranked educational institutions in the country for its vision and leadership in healthcare education? For more than 100 years, the School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS) at Georgetown University has been educating healthcare leaders to make a difference.

While the tradition of the Jesuit-based value system prevails at NHS, the progression of the School over the last 100 years has been phenomenal. On the cusp of a new millennium, the School faced enormous change. In 1997, an innovative Health Studies major with three concentrations was added to prepare decision makers for a constantly transforming health care environment. In the fall of 2000, the School's name changed from School of Nursing to School of Nursing & Health Studies. And in 2006, the Health Studies concentrations have now become majors that exemplify the mission of the School.




School name:Georgetown UniversitySchool of Nursing & Health Studies
Address:3700 Reservoir Rd, NW
Zip & city:DC 20057-1107 District of Columbia
Phone: (202) 687-4647
Web:http://snhs.georgetown.edu/
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ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT This course will review the basic physical assessment skills required for advanced practice nurse anesthetists. Content will include history taking, tecnhiques of physical examination, and proficiency at clinical application of skills. A laboratory component is required. GROSS ANATOMY This course introduces students to the anatomy of the human body by presenting the fundamental concept of the body as an interrelated set of organ systems. Students will examine these systems in the laboratory through the dissection and observation of the human cadaver. Lectures will present the relationship between form and function. Although all organ systems will be covered, special emphasis will be given to the head, neck and thorax, the respiratory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY This course is a comprehensive treatment of the physiological processes of all systems in the human body. It presupposes a knowledge of biochemistry, anatomy, cellular physiology, and histology. Organ systems and their normal functioning will be treated from a regulatory systems approach. Application to the clinical setting will be integrated into the material. This course is part of the Interdisciplinary-Interschool Program between the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine. ANESTHESIA AND CO-EXISTING DISEASE This course presupposes a knowledge of biochemistry, human anatomy, pathophysiology, and physiology. Subjects are covered from a system basis and related to issues of nurse anesthesia practice. Emphasis is also devoted to acquiring skill in the use of scientific literature and conceptualizing information gained from many sources to develop a plan for an anesthetic. BIOMEDICAL ETHICS Bioethics is a field of study directed to the interdisciplinary ethical analysis of the moral dimensions of health professional practice; this includes an analysis of moral character and vision, judgment, decision making, clinical practices, health policies, etc. CHEMISTRY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF BIOLOGICAL PROCESSES That examines the molecular mechanisms that underlie cell and organ function, with a strong emphasis on understanding the fundamental processes that provide the foundation of physiology, pathology, and pharmacology. The course is divided into two sections. ANESTHESIA PHARMACOLOGY The focus of this course is on drugs used in clinical anesthesia practice. Major content will include the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of general anesthetic agents, muscle relaxants, local anesthetics, and adjunctive agents used in anesthesia. Emphasis is on uptake, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and elimination of anesthetics. Drug dosage, side effects, and usual effects of anesthetic agents on various body systems will also be presented. The course incorporates gas laws and principles of flow in delivering anesthetic agents. ANALYTICAL TOOLS & RESEARCH APPLICATIONS This course provides students with an overview of the research process, including quantitative and qualitative methods useful for the collation, display, and analysis of data. The course will provide a broad framework for understanding and applying research principles, and commonly used data analysis techniques in health care research. Content builds on principles of scientific thinking and concepts in research. The student is introduced to common non-parametric and parametric statistical tests of association and trend analysis, including a practicum which provides experience with various methods to handle a data set. ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN PHARMACOLOGY This course focuses on the pharmacologic concepts important to advanced practice nurses. These concepts include receptor theory, receptor-effector coupling, dose-response relationships, mechanisms of action of important classes of drugs, pharmaco-kinetics, and pharmacodynamics. Course content is geared toward providing the student with an understanding of basic pharmacologic principles that can be applied to new drugs as they become available in the future. Application of these principles to real-world situations will also be highlighted. HEALTH SYSTEMS & POLICIES IN TRANSITION This course examines the complex political, economic, and social forces that shape health care systems. It provides an introduction to general principles of health care organization, financing and regulation, and then sets forth a dynamic comparison of various approaches to health care delivery systems in different parts of the world. Current policy initiatives are analyzed for their impact on cost, quality, access and the health of populations. Students develop beginning skills in the epidemiological approach to population-based health care systems. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ANESTHESIA PRACTICE This course presupposes a knowledge of human anatomy and undergraduate physiology. Subjects are covered from a molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, and system perspective, and related to issues of nursing practice. Since an exhaustive treatment of physiology is not possible in the time allotted, the philosophy of this course is to impart concepts of pathophysiology which can be used by students to study any aspect of pathophysiology they might wish to acquire in the future. Emphasis is also placed on acquiring skill in the use of scientific literature and in conceptualizing information gained from many sources. BASIC PRINCIPLES OF NURSE ANESTHESIA PRACTICE This course will focus on the basic fundamental practices of anesthesia practice. Content will include safety, equipment, OR environment, techniques and procedures for administering clinical anesthesia, assessment of patient status, and clinical case managment. An introduction to monitoring devices and eletronic instrumentation will be provided. Other areas that will be discussed include: cognitive and psychomotor skills, anesthetic techniques, anesthetic planning, evaluation, management and monitoring of anesthesia care. ADVANCED PRINCIPLES OF NURSE ANESTHESIA PRACTICE I This Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia course is designed to expand on the students' knowledge obtained from Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, Anesthesia Pharmacology and Advanced Pathophysiology. The course examines anesthetic and nursing considerations for patients with pathophysiologic disruptions requiring surgical interventions in orthopedic, otorhinolaryngologic, renal and urologic disorders utilizing conventional as well as laparoscopic and laser techniques. The course will also provide insights into the anesthetic management for patients with difficult airways, acute and chronic pain, undergoing regional, general and monitored anesthesia care, recovering from anesthesia. Special considerations for pediatric, elderly, outpatient, obstetric patient and anesthetics delivered in remote locations, and newborns requiring resuscitation are also explored. The course is taught during the clinical practicum and allows the student to integrate advanced physiologic and nursing knowledge, skills and critical thinking into their daily practice. ADVANCED PRINCIPLES OF NURSE ANESTHESIA PRACTICE II This Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia course is designed to expand on the student's knowledge obtained from Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, Anesthesia Pharmacology and Advanced Pathophysiology. The course examines anesthetic and nursing considerations for patients with pathophysiologic disruptions requiring surgical interventions of neurosurgical, vascular, thoracic, cardiac disorders utilizing conventional as well as advanced neurosurgical, cardiovascular, respiratory monitoring. Cerebral, cardiac and respiratory physiology is examined in depth. Appropriate utilization of crystalloids and colloids is differentiated. Special considerations regarding anesthetic depth, pulmonary function, respiratory care and acid base balance are also explored. The course is taught during the clinical practicum and allows the student to integrate advanced physiologic and nursing knowledge, skills and critical thinking into their daily practice. ADVANCED PRINCIPLES OF NURSE ANESTHESIA PRACTICE III This Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia course is designed to expand on the students' knowledge obtained from Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Anesthesia Pharmacology and Advanced Pathophysiology. The course examines anesthetic and nursing considerations for patients with pathophysiologic disruptions requiring surgical interventions on the liver, for organ transplantation following traumatic injury. The course will also provide insights into the anesthetic management for patients requiring transfusions, cardiac resuscitation, or deliberate hypotension. Special considerations for hepatic, physiology, metabolism, toxicity, and nutritional aspects are explored. the issues of cardiopulmonary pharmacology, brain death, critical care, and temperature monitoring as they relate to anesthesia care are examined. Care of the patient with malignant hyperthermia is outlined. The course is taught during the clinical practicum and allows the student to integrate advanced physiologic and nursing knowledge, skills and critical thinking into their daily practice. ADVANCED PRINCIPLES OF NURSE ANESTHESIA PRACTICE IV This Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia course is designed to expand on the students' knowledge obtained from Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, Anesthesia Pharmacology and Advanced Pathophysiology. The course examines anesthetic and nursing considerations for patients with pathophysiologic disruptions requiring surgical interventions utilizing standard as well as advanced methods of anesthesia care. The course will also provide insight into the anesthetic management for patients utilizing pharmacologic principles, particularly barbiturate, non-barbiturate, neuromuscular blockade and antagonism, opioid and inhalation agents. Principles related to patient safety involving monitoring, positioning, environmental, ethical and legal factors are explored. Historical and professional aspects of nurse anesthesia practice are examined. The course is taught during the clinical practicum and allows the student to integrate advanced physiologic and nursing knowledge, skills and critical thinking into their daily practice. ANESTHESIA CONCEPTS SEMINAR I This introductory course focuses on concepts and theories relative to the practice of nurse anesthesia. An integration of anesthetic concepts with the knowledge base gained in the courses of Gross Anatomy and Chemistry provides students with a beginning foundation to: assess patient status, begin decision making relative to the holistic care of the patient undergoing surgery and/or diagnostic procedures, and understand the rationale for the implementation of scientifically based anesthetic regimes. COMPLEX REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE OF WOMEN The focus of this course is on the collaborative management between the nurse-midwife and other health care providers in complex clinical situations. The student collaboratively manages the care of women who have or develop medical, obstetrical, or gynecological complications. Newborn complications are considered. Primary care of women and newborns is also addressed. The nurse-midwife as case manager is the focus of this course. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY This course is a follow-on to NURS-529. This course focuses on the practical aspects of nursing research. In the course, the student is guided by a mentor through the research proposal, Institutional Review Board requirements, and preparations for the production of a research based scholarly paper, poster presentation, and formal oral presentation.



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