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University of Kentucky (College of Nursing)




VISION

The University of Kentucky College of Nursing endeavors to be one of the nation’s top nursing programs among public research universities. In addition, we:

* provide excellent opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage in education, research, practice, and service;
* develop innovative approaches to achieve quality teaching, research, practice, and service;
* provide leadership within the profession, the health care system, and the larger community;
* collaborate with others to address priority health needs in the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world;

MISSION

The mission of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing is to foster health and well-being among the people of Kentucky, the region, and the world through excellence in nursing education, research, practice, and service in an ever-changing health care environment. This mission is accomplished by:

* preparing excellent nurses and nurse leaders to practice in an ever-changing health care environment;
* contributing to the knowledge base of the discipline through an active program of nursing and interdisciplinary research;
* engaging in collaborative and cooperative relationships for the purpose of modeling innovation and excellence in nursing education, research, practice, and service.

PHILOSOPHY

Nursing is a professional discipline concerned with meeting the health needs of a diverse and changing society. Nursing is concerned with diagnosing, treating, and evaluating human responses to actual or potential health problems across the life span. Clients may be individuals, families, groups or communities. Nurses assist clients to achieve their human potential by promoting or restoring health or by supporting them to achieve a peaceful death.

Nursing practice is provided within the context of interpersonal interactions. Both baccalaureate-prepared and advanced practice nurses contribute to improving the health of the public. Nurses must analyze, synthesize, apply, and evaluate knowledge from nursing and other disciplines in order to provide high quality care. They must demonstrate caring, commitment, and respect for the dignity of all people. Excellence in nursing is exhibited through adherence to professional standards and through contributions to changes in professional standards as the role of the professional nurse changes. Students at all levels develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes while in the clinical arena. Faculty practice enriches our education, research, and service activities

Health is a dynamic state reflecting a client's ability to adapt to changes in the environment. The environment consists of internal and external forces that influence biopsychosocial and spiritual functioning. Nurses support and enhance clients' capacities for health by fostering care and personal growth in an increasingly complex health care system. Nursing is a dynamic discipline and nurses provide care through cooperation, collaboration, and consultation with healthcare professionals of other disciplines.

Learning is a life-long process that provides students the opportunity to progress to the highest educational and practices levels of which they are capable. The process of learning involves student-teacher partnerships and cooperation in meeting student and program goals. Faculty provide learning opportunities and guidance appropriate to individual and program objectives and with recognition of the unique learning styles and needs of individual learners. Faculty provide the environment that promotes self-growth and career satisfaction, and learners are encouraged to assume leadership in citizenship, professional, and social responsibilities. Faculty and students contribute to college level strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation within the College to enhance the learning environment at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing.

Nursing research contributes to the discipline’s knowledge base to improve the health of individuals, families, groups and communities. Nurse scientists provide leadership in the conduct, application, and dissemination of research.
PROGRAMS

UNDERGRADUATE

Faculty believe that professional nursing education begins at the baccalaureate level. Professional education at this level provides knowledge about the content and process of nursing in sufficient depth and scope to enable individuals to use evidence in practice and exercise critical thinking and independent judgment when making clinical decisions. The general education component encompasses a broad knowledge base which individuals use to be responsible and creative practitioners and citizens. Because nursing is a practice discipline, students have opportunities to apply an ever-expanding store of general and professional knowledge in a variety of clinical settings with faculty guidance. Student-faculty interactions promote socialization of students into the professional nursing role.

GRADUATE

Master's level education prepares nurses for advanced practice in an era of specialization in nursing. Advanced practice builds on a liberal baccalaureate education for the general practice of professional nursing and provides a foundation for doctoral education. Graduate education provides more and varied alternatives with which to make decisions that are based on the critical analysis of literature that support and improve clinical practice. Faculty believe the best approach for promoting student enthusiasm and commitment to the pursuit of these scholarly endeavors is through reciprocal relationships with faculty as mentors and models. Masters' level nursing education occurs with one overall program and multiple specialty component areas of study from which students can choose. Graduate education includes the preparation necessary for leadership in evolving roles in nursing and health care, and for gaining expertise in nursing at the doctoral level. Doctoral education prepares nurse scholars to contribute to the discipline’s knowledge base and to provide leadership in education, research, service, and practice.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Faculty believe that life-long learning for nursing enhances competence in professional practice and self-growth. A well-organized system of life-long education enables registered nurses to function more effectively in their professional roles, to contribute to society, and to become more fulfilled human beings. Faculty believe that the interdisciplinary exploration of new ideas, trends, and developments, coupled with exposure to new dimensions that improve the individual's competence, are critical to the development and maintenance of a dynamic nursing profession. Although life-long learning is ultimately the responsibility of individual nurses, faculty are committed to providing opportunities for such education. The College of Nursing is particularly committed to providing life-long learning for advanced practice nurses, researchers, managers, and scholars.



School name:University of KentuckyCollege of Nursing
Address:315 College of Nursing Building
Zip & city:KY 40536-0232 Kentucky
Phone:(859) 323-5108
Web:http://www.mc.uky.edu/nursing/
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College of Nursing Courses


OLDER WOMEN AND THEIR HEALTH.
This course is designed to increase the awareness and understanding of the relationships among gender, health status and the aging process among older women. Such issues as changing social and cultural mores, public policies and utilization of health care resources are discussed as they impact women.

COMPLEMENTARY/ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO HEALTH CARE
Using a holistic approach to wellness, this course is an overview of alternative ways of conceptualizing health and illness. Non-traditional methods of managing illness and promoting health and well-being will be discussed. Practitioners of these methods will participate in discussions and involve students in experiencing some of these practices. Alternative methods that reflect use in a number of other cultures will be explored as complementary to the traditional western style of medicine which is used almost exclusively in this country.

ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This advanced health assessment course offers essential assessment and skill development opportunities for advanced practice nursing. It includes intensive work on the principles and techniques of performing a comprehensive health assessment in the context of developmental, physiological, psychological, and environmental parameters. Individual, family, and community assessment models are analyzed for use with diverse populations. Clinical emphasis will be placed on comprehensive health assessment of individual clients consistent with advanced nursing practice.

SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING
Exploration of selected topics or issues in nursing. Directed by a faculty member with expertise in the topic under study. Lecture, 0-4 hours; laboratory, 0-12 hours per week. May be repeated with different topics to a maximum of nine credits.

EXPLORING MEDICAL MISSIONS: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE.
This seminar is designed to provide information on: (1) historical perspectives of mission work; (2) health, political, economic, and cultural diversities of mission sites in selected countries; and (3) eligibility and funding criteria for selected sites. This course provides an opportunity to learn about short-term humanitarian medical missions (sponsored by independent non-governmental and multi-denominational religious organizations). Health care professionals who have participated in medical missions will share their experiences.

THEORETICAL BASIS FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING
Selected concepts and theories useful for guiding advanced practice nursing are examined. The concepts and theories are drawn from nursing science as well as from other disciplines. All are discussed within the context of the nature of nursing knowledge and the expanding scientific basis for advanced practice nursing.

RESEARCH METHODS IN ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING
This course provides the knowledge and skills essential for using research to support clinical and organizational decision making. The strengths and limitations of various research designs and methods are reviewed for their utility in answering clinical questions, evaluating care delivery and patient outcomes, and making clinical decisions.

CLINICAL REASONING IN ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING
The intent of this course is for students to enhance their abilities to think logically, use clinical evidence and research findings in making clinical decisions. Concepts and principles from the biopsychosocial sciences, clinical epidemiology, informatics, and ethics will be used in developing ways for defining problems; managing the health care of individuals, groups, and populations; and measuring and monitoring the outcomes of care. Strategies for organizing, managing, and using clinical data in decision making will be addressed.

LEADERSHIP IN ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING
This course focuses on leadership and management of health care delivery by advanced practice nurses. Emphasis will be placed on leading change related to improving health outcomes, especially in relation to those areas targeted by national health care objectives. Students will critically analyze theory and research from nursing and related sciences to understand social, cultural, economic, and political issues in the health care environment. Legislative and regulatory requirements related to the practice of advanced nursing will be appraised, with an emphasis on understanding how to promote the health of the public within appropriate legal boundaries and within the context of interdisciplinary practice. Students will use selected frameworks for evaluating organizational and public policies affecting health.

EVIDENCE-BASED NURSING PRACTICE
This course provides the opportunity to apply knowledge of the research process, research utilization and program evaluation models, or evidence-based practice to address a clinical program. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, students are expected to work with clinical staff to identify and address a clinical problem. A written scholarly report reflecting the process and outcomes of the activity is the final product.

RESEARCH APPLICATIONS IN NURSING
This course provides an opportunity for application of selected aspects of the research process to a clinical nursing problem. Students work individually or in small groups. The specific nature of the research effort is negotiated with the faculty advisor and is under the direction of that advisor. A written scholarly report is the final product. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits.

PRACTICUM IN CLINICAL NURSING I
Conceptual frameworks, theories, and research findings are applied in clinical practice. The testing of theoretical concepts related to nursing management of clients in an area of clinical concentration is emphasized. Collaborative practice with other disciplines is an expectation.

PRACTICUM IN CLINICAL NURSING II
Advanced knowledge, research, leadership, and clinical skills are integrated in managing nursing care with individuals, families, and groups or communities. Evaluation strategies to promote change and resolve problems in nursing care delivery are analyzed. Multidisciplinary strategies to promote and resolve problems in health care delivery are emphasized. Prereq: NUR 614, 701, 711, 716, 717 or 720.
PROBLEMS IN CLINICAL NURSING
This course provides opportunity for the study of nursing problems in particular clinical areas and for the further development of techniques of nursing intervention. Ratio of discussion/laboratory hours will vary according to designated clinical problems. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 credits.

ISSUES IN RURAL NURSING AND HEALTH CARE DELIVERY
This course will focus on the exploration of models for providing preventive, primary health care, acute care, and chronic health care services in rural areas, including nursing care delivery models. Model standards for implementing the national health objectives in rural communities will be the primary focus. Demographic characteristics and organization of the community will be considered in assessing appropriateness and effectiveness of models for improving access to service and reducing disparity among subpopulations.

EPIDEMIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES APPLIED TO HEALTH CARE AND NURSING PRACTICE
This course reviews the basic concepts and methods of epidemiology applied to population focused health care and nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the use of epidemiologic reasoning in deriving inferences about the etiology of health outcomes from population data, and in guiding the design of health service programs.

APPLICATIONS OF ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This advanced health assessment course is the second of two courses that offers essential assessment and skill development opportunities for advanced practice nursing. It includes intensive work on the principles and techniques of performing a comprehensive health assessment in the context of developmental, physiological, psychological, and environmental parameters. Individual, family, and community assessment models are analyzed for use with diverse populations. Emphasis is to differentiate normal and abnormal health findings for diverse individuals, families, and communities.

COMPREHENSIVE PATIENT MANAGEMENT I
This clinical course places an emphasis on the role of the advanced practice nurse as a member of the health care team across a variety of settings. The clinical experience focuses on comprehensive patient assessment, diagnosis and management of health problems for individuals and their families.

COMPREHENSIVE PATIENT MANAGEMENT II
This clinical experience focuses on synthesis of theoretical, scientific, and clinical knowledge as well as practice-based skills in the diagnosis and management of existing and potential health problems based on appropriate standards of care. Emphasis will be placed on the collaborative and leadership roles of the advanced practice nurse in health care delivery.

PHARMACOLOGIC APPLICATIONS IN PRIMARY CARE
This course is designed to prepare nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and other health professionals for prescribing drugs within their scope of practice. Basic pharmacologic principles and the pharmacologic actions of the major drug classes will be discussed in relation to physiologic systems with emphasis on the application of these agents to primary care, nurse midwifery practice, and other health professions.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
This course is designed to present an orientation to disease as disordered physiology. It is intended to enable the student to understand how and why the symptoms and signs of various physical and mental conditions appear. In approaching disease as disordered physiology, the mechanism(s) of production of the symptoms and signs of different disease syndromes are analyzed. Student's needs to understand the mechanism(s) underlying the disease and its clinical manifestations so that rational therapies can be devised. Thus, appropriate screening and diagnostic laboratory evaluative methods will also be included.

RISKY BEHAVIORS AND HEALTH
This course examines the epidemiological, psychological, and theoretical perspectives of risk taking behavior and its health consequences across the lifespan. Fundamental risk concepts about individual and group risk taking behaviors, and models and practices that reduce risky behaviors are discussed. Selected topics include stress, tobacco, drug, alcohol, and medication abuse, unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, eating disorders, occupational and sports activities, and violence.

CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICE IN EXPANDED ROLES I
Clinical practicum focusing on assessment of health status of individuals, families, and/or aggregates; identification of needs and planning for care with emphasis on prevention and health maintenance. Laboratory, three to 12 hours per week. May be repeated to a maximum of four credits

CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICE IN EXPANDED ROLES II
Second clinical practicum which focuses on continued assessment of health needs of individuals, families, and/or aggregates which emphasizes planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of nursing services. Laboratory, nine to 12 hours per week.

CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICE IN EXPANDED ROLES III
Individually arranged in-depth clinical practicum focusing on the development of leadership and clinical management skills and the application, refining, and synthesis of knowledge and skills developed in didactic and clinical courses. May be repeated to a maximum of eight credits. Laboratory, nine to 24 hours per week

ACUTE AND CHRONIC ILLNESS AND NURSING THERAPEUTICS I
This course deals with advanced practice nursing care for adults with acute and chronic illnesses and their families. Advanced practice nursing care requires understanding the conditions that may influence patient/family quality of health, or wellness, as well as the consequences of disease and its treatment. The concept of transitions is introduced as central to advanced nursing practice. The conditions that influence illness perception and patient/family responses to illnesses, adherence to therapeutic regimens, and lifestyle changes are examined. Nursing therapeutics are explored for their effectiveness in positively influencing patient/family outcomes.

ACUTE AND CHRONIC ILLNESS AND NURSING THERAPEUTICS II
This course deals with advanced practice nursing care for adults with acute and chronic illnesses and their families. Emphasis on understanding the conditions influencing patient/family quality of health and the consequences of disease and its treatment continues. Symptom interpretation and management are explored. Nursing therapeutics are examined for their effectiveness in managing symptoms and enhancing quality of health. The clinical experience provides opportunities to analyze selected roles in APN by working with other healthcare professionals. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor and preceptor, the student will assist patients and their families in promoting health across a spectrum of health care transitions.

ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING CARE OF ACUTELY ILL ADULTS
This course focuses on the role of the acute care nurse practitioner in assessing, diagnosing, and managing acute episodes in the chronically ill adult. Emphasis is placed on the use of research and theories from biological, behavioral, and advanced practice nursing to facilitate the comprehensive care of chronically ill patients and their families.

ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING CARE OF CRITICALLY ILL ADULTS
The didactic portion of this course focuses on the assessment, differential diagnosis and management of critically ill adults. Emphasis is placed upon biological, behavioral and advanced nursing concepts and research in order to facilitate the management and evaluation of therapies for critically ill adults and their families. The clinical portion of this course focuses on the care of critically ill adults in high acuity environments. The emphasis is placed upon students becoming a collaborative member of the health care team and incorporating both medical and advanced nursing concepts in the care of critically ill adults and their families.

MEASURING AND DOCUMENTING NURSING PRACTICE
This course provides the knowledge and skills essential for advanced practice nurses to evaluate patient care. A systematic approach to collecting information related to nursing practice provides nurses with opportunities to substantiate their contributions to advanced practice. Measuring, documenting, and reporting patient, family, and organizational outcomes will be addressed. Mechanisms for evaluating nursing practices with regard to available resources also are examined. Clinical experience provides opportunities to continue to work with adults with acute and chronic illnesses. In addition, students will focus on the use of practice evaluation methods to document patient/family outcomes within a specific agency.

ADVANCED PARENT-CHILD SEMINAR
The student will focus on evaluation of relevant beliefs, concepts, and theories related to maximizing the health of the family from pre-conception through adolescence. Using evidence-based literature, the student will explore physiologic, pathophysiologic, cognitive, behavioral, and psychosocial concepts, theories, and issues for their relevance in providing innovative approaches to family health care. Attention will be directed toward economic, ethical, cultural, legal, political and geographic factors that influence health behavior and care delivery.

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