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University of Texas at Tyler (College of Nursing and Health Sciences )




Welcome to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at The University of Texas at Tyler. If you are considering a career in health professions, you are entering a dynamic field. Diverse career options and abundant job opportunities exist now in health care, and forecasters say those opportunities will multiply in the years ahead. (see more information at Career Info for Texas Nurses or at www.texashealthcareers.org)

The mission of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences is consistent with the mission of The University of Texas at Tyler. Graduates are prepared for leadership roles in the health professions and movement sciences. The graduates practice in a variety of complex, continually changing environments. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, lifelong learning, competence, ethics, and altruism.

The College of Nursing prepares graduates to meet health care needs as generalists, educators, researchers, administrators and advanced practitioners. The college's success in educating these nurse leaders is best demonstrated by the achievements of graduates in this region and across the country. Some are executive officers of large health care institutions, some serve as educators in universities and colleges, others work as advanced practitioners and consultants in settings ranging from rural clinics to government agencies to urban medical centers. Faculty is building on this outstanding foundation to develop a PhD in Nursing degree. The first classes are planned for fall of 2007, pending approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The Department of Health and Kinesiology offers studies in the areas of health and kinesiology (the study of movement or exercise) that prepare for a variety of careers in the health professions, health education, clinical exercise programs, medicine, and other applied programs. A new degree track for athletic trainers has been added, and new programs are being considered.

The Clinical Laboratory Science (Medical Technology) degree is offered in collaboration with The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) and The University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Tyler (UTHCT). This program requires students to have a strong basic science background to support their developing expertise in clinical science and clinical laboratory procedures. The first classes for this degree will be offered in fall 2006.

MISSION STATEMENT

The University of Texas at Tyler College of Nursing prepares professional nurses who provide leadership for global health care in a variety of roles. Graduates address the challenges of a dynamic society and health care delivery system by initiating resourceful solutions for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management.

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of the College of Nursing reflects the mission and purpose of the University of Texas at Tyler. Human caring is the foundation for the eclectic conceptual framework used by the College of Nursing. Embedded within this scope of human caring are components that are integrated throughout the curriculum: patient, environment, health and nursing. The faculty believe that nursing education is based on integrity, respect for human dignity, critical thinking, and accessibility for representatives of the diverse population of the service area. Learning is a unique, dynamic process that results in affective, cognitive, and psychomotor changes; this process is influenced by attitudes, beliefs, resources and interactions with others. Each individual is responsible for his/her learning. Nursing education, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, is based upon interpersonal caring and critical thinking, as well as the theoretical and research contributions of nursing scholars. Nursing education prepares the nurse to be self-directed, utilizing his/her expert knowledge and skills to facilitate self-care; and to empower the patient toward fulfillment of physical, psychological, social, and spiritual health and well-being. As a community of scholars, faculty members serve as role models for students through participation in academic, professional, and community activities and organizations as well as clinical practice.

Baccalaureate education prepares students to practice as generalists within the health care system. This level of education is based on core knowledge and clinical competency, applied through a unique blend of critical thinking and human caring in multiple settings. Health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management are the focus of the care provided. The curriculum emphasizes the development of values relevant to ethical nursing practice, with recognition of the impact nursing judgments have on patients. As generalists, graduates are prepared to deal with personal and professional lives of chaotic change, to be partners in decision-making, to be professionally accountable, to provide comprehensive care in any setting, and to assume personal responsibility for life-long learning.

Master’s education is built upon the baccalaureate educational core elements, and enhances strong critical thinking and decision-making skills. The MSN nurse is prepared as a visionary leader and manager to assume advanced roles in a variety of settings. Graduates are prepared to promote evolving practice patterns based on global perspectives, which requires a deep understanding of moral and ethical responsibility. Masters prepared nurses initiate and use research findings to enhance outcomes in their advanced practice settings. A sophisticated knowledge base of health promotion, health care policy, organization, and financing is blended with the realities of the changing practice environment. Graduates are thus prepared to collaborate, and to create policies in response to trends in nursing and in health care. Graduate education prepares the nurse to evaluate personal and organizational perspectives and values, and utilize ethical decision-making modes to impact patient care. Graduates will be able to evaluate and utilize a variety of theories from nursing and other disciplines in their practice settings. Professional role development, an ongoing component throughout graduate education, enhances graduates’ ability to create effective interdisciplinary relationships and to recognize role ambiguity and boundaries, thereby facilitating successful transition into the advanced practice role.

Doctoral education is built on a model of strengths and provides advanced education to prepare nurse researchers and educators for the future. The doctoral program builds on the educational foundation obtained through baccalaureate and master’s core elements. It also builds on the current program’s strengths in offering educational opportunities in an online format and providing research and teaching experiences that incorporate sensitivity to diverse populations in essential and priority areas of health services.



School name:University of Texas at TylerCollege of Nursing and Health Sciences
Address:3900 University Blvd.
Zip & city:TX 75799 Texas
Phone:903.566.7320
Web:http://www.uttyler.edu/nursing/nursing.htm
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CONTEMPORARY HEALTHCARE ETHICS
Provides a thorough grounding in ethical theories and principles as reflected in current health care issues and policies. Students are introduced to a variety of frameworks for ethical decision making and policy analysis. Current trends in the political, economic, and legal spheres in the contemporary health care arena are analyzed through the use of case studies.

CONGREGATIONAL NURSING
Prepares nurses to deliver holistic, primary care in all types of congregations and organizations. Based on the Parish Nursing concept, the congregational nurse’s practice responds to the unique health care needs and priorities of an individual congregation. Congregational nurse functions include educator, counselor, referral agent, care coordinator and advocate.

NURSING THEORY
Provides an introduction to the nature of scientific explanation and inquiry. Origins of and strategies for theory development in nursing are examined for their importance in guiding the development of the profession. Nursing theory is analyzed as a foundation for nursing practice and research.

EMERGENCY NURSING
Designed as an exploration of advanced theories and practice of emergency nursing specifically dealing with patients experiencing medical, trauma, pediatric, obstetric, or psychiatric emergency situations. Course projects include practicum experience.

NURSING CARE OF THE PERIOPERATIVE CLIENT
Explores the advanced theories and practice of perioperative nursing. Course projects include a nursing research proposal related to the perioperative area.

ASSESSMENT OF NURSING MANAGEMENT
Utilizes assessment and planning strategies to effect change. The purpose of the course is to enable the professional nurse to make sound clinical and administrative decisions based on a theoretical framework. Theories of management, leadership, change, and behavior modification are utilized to facilitate the identification of needed change. The student will apply didactic content in a variety of practice settings and with a selected clinical population.

WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUES
Covers a wide variety of issues relating to women’s health and is available to all majors. A holistic approach is used to investigate issues impacting the health of women. The course projects include a research proposal for an issue relating to women’s health.

RESEARCH DESIGN
Builds on content presented in undergraduate research. Research is evaluated for its usefulness in contributing to nursing’s scientific knowledge base. The conduct of nursing research, application, and utilization are discussed and analyzed. Elements of a grant proposal will be discussed. The course culminates in the development of a research proposal.

HOLISTIC HEALTH: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF CARING AND HEALING
Explores the application of holistic philosophy and theory into practice. Included will be seminar discussion, demonstration, and experiential sessions on holistic health assessment and alternative treatment modes to promote health and healing in practice and daily living. Course projects include analysis of current and projected trends in the provision of health care, the role of the informed consumer of health care, comparative studies of traditional versus alternative medicine, and research based holistic health care. Open to all majors; graduate status required.

HEALTH CARE INFORMATICS
Prepares the student to apply computer technology to the management of individuals, groups or organizations in the roles of healthcare practitioner, administrator, educator and researcher. Emphasis is on becoming knowledgeable and competent with available resources useful in patient care and educational settings. The student also develops additional skills in using a variety of software applications through completion of assignments.

IMPLEMENTATION OF NURSING MANAGEMENT
Focuses on implementation of strategies for change while analyzing the probable consequences of alternative plans and actions. Building on the content in Assessment of Nursing Management, the purpose of this course is to facilitate the integration of specific goals and activity plans with effective strategies and resources to effect desired outcomes within the specified settings and with identified clinical populations. Content emphasizes leadership/management theories, functions, skills and strategies necessary to the change process, the nursing process, and the human caring process. Content includes: preparing the environment for change, professional and organizational communications, policy development, information systems, obtaining and utilizing human/fiscal resources, participating in job reengineering, contingency contracting, negotiating and delegating.

NURSING EDUCATION CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
Theories and procedures of educational program and course development applied to nursing education. Includes philosophical values, educational concepts, and theories of learning used to link nursing education to standards of nursing practice. Guides students to develop curriculum plans and propose related teaching and evaluation strategies.

EVALUATION IN NURSING EDUCATION
Assessment of theories and strategies of measurement and evaluation as they apply to nursing education. Combines theories of measurement and evaluation with outcomes based approaches to promote safe effective professional nursing practice. Experiential exercises in the development, use, and critique of measurement and evaluation methods to classroom and clinical learning situations as well as to nursing education program evaluation.

NURSE EDUCATOR ROLE STRATEGIES AND PRACTICUM
An exploration of the nurse educator role in structuring teaching strategies that assure effective undergraduate student outcomes in regard to individual and group learning, safe clinical practice, and a commitment to lifelong learning. Nurse educator practicum placements are arranged within pre-licensure nursing education programs.

EVALUATION OF NURSING MANAGEMENT
Focuses on the utilization of evaluation strategies to determine the achievement of stated goals. The purpose of this course is to facilitate the analysis of multiple methods of measurement, appraise the outcomes of change (including the application of human caring theory into practice), and apply and predict the consequences of change to current and future trends in health care.

PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
Facilitates synthesis of previous knowledge of theory, research and professional role into a framework for advanced evidencebased practice. The contracted project may include but is not limited to the following: the development of a scholarly paper, development of a special project, or grant proposal in collaboration with a role mentor. All project reports will be disseminated into the public domain.

PEDIATRIC ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
An introduction to environmental health and how chemical and physical agents may affect children's health. Included are the health effects of specific agents and environments with an emphasis on the special susceptibility of children. A term paper is required.

ADVANCED PERINATAL CLINICAL PRACTICE
Expands on the concepts of undergraduate perinatal coursework with development of advanced knowledge and skills in perinatal clinical areas. Emphasis is on the use of multi-dimensional assessment and care planning focusing on high-level clinical judgment and decision-making abilities.

SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING
The study of a variety of current topics in nursing practice. May be repeated for credit when content changes.

ADVANCED MATERNAL INFANT CLINICAL PRACTICE
Expands on the concepts of maternal infant coursework with development of advanced knowledge and skills in maternal infant clinical areas. Emphasis is on the use of multidimensional assessment and care planning focusing on high-level clinical judgment and decision-making abilities.

ADVANCED NEONATAL CLINICAL PRACTICE
Expands on the concepts of neonatal coursework with development of advanced knowledge and skills in neonatal clinical areas. Emphasis is on the comprehensive use of multi-dimensional assessment and care planning focusing on high-level clinical judgment and decision-making abilities.

THE OLDER ADULT: DIMENSIONS OF CARE
Provides an opportunity for synthesis of selected issues related to health care of the older adult in a societal context. The focus is on health status and quality of life. Participants will review issues of aging and health care in both local and national society through the professional literature, recent research, and interaction with guest faculty of older adults. Course projects lead to synthesis and application of research and leadership information related to health care of the older adult in a societal context.

ADVANCED MEDICAL-SURGICAL CLINICAL PRACTICE
Expands on the concepts of undergraduate medical-surgical coursework with development of advanced knowledge and skills in medical-surgical clinical areas. Emphasis is on the comprehensive use of multi-dimensional assessment and care planning focusing on high-level clinical judgment and decision-making abilities.

ADVANCED CRITICAL CARE CLINICAL PRACTICE
Expands on the concepts of advanced medicalsurgical coursework with development of advanced knowledge and skills in critical-care clinical areas. Emphasis is on the comprehensive use of multi-dimensional assessment and care planning focusing on high-level clinical judgment and decision-making abilities.

ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Focus is on pathological conditions encountered in clinical practice across the life span of clients. Emphasis is placed on regulatory and compensatory mechanisms as they relate to commonly occurring diseases.

ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Application of advanced health assessment principles and skills for comprehensive examination of clients. Focus will be on common deviations from normal. Populations across the life span will be included.

ADVANCED NURSING PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS
Knowledge and application of advanced pharmacotherapeutic principles related to the health needs of clients. Focus will be on pharmacotherapeutic modalities utilized by advanced practice nurses.

HEALTH PROMOTION IN INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES
Focuses on the health care provider’s role in promoting health across the lifespan and at multiple levels. Explores various models of health promotion with emphasis on application of health promotion strategies. Considers challenges to creating a healthy society. Provides the opportunity to apply concepts of health promotion in a clinical/practice setting.

ONLINE LEARNING PRACTICUM
Focus is on the development and implementation of online learning experiences for nursing students. Involves application of learning theories, appropriate learning strategies, and development and management of online courses. The lab/ practicum includes skills laboratory sessions and in-program practicum placements.

WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE: PROFESSIONAL ROLE
This course is designed to assist in the transition of the student to the advanced practice role of a Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner. Issues such as ethics, legislation, legal parameters of practice, certification, cultural competence, professional organizations and other areas pertaining to modern practice will be explored.

WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE: WELL WOMAN CARE
Focuses on health promotion and management of well women in an ambulatory setting. Includes provision of family planning and gynecology services, as well as treatment of common, minor/acute conditions. Requires a minimum of 90 hours in a clinical setting.

WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE: MATERNAL/FETAL DYAD
Focuses on health promotion and management of the maternal/fetal dyad at no apparent medical risk in obstetrical clinical settings. Includes maternal-fetal physiology and embryology, nutrition, psychosocial needs and screening for abnormalities. Requires minimum of 90 hours in clinical setting.

PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR
Courses with a variety of topic areas: each course will address content areas of current issues important to professional nurses. May be repeated once for credit when content changes.

THESIS
The research project is designed and implemented and presented for defense.

WOMAN'S HEALTH CARE: PRACTICUM
Integrates learned knowledge and skills into the women's health care nurse practitioner role in a clinical setting with preceptor allowing opportunities for a variety of experiences in full scope care. Minimum of 450 clinical hours required.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Independent study in specific areas of nursing not covered by organized graduate courses. A maximum of six credit hours of independent study courses may be applied toward a graduate degree.

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