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University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston (School of Nursing)




Established in 1972, The University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston is ranked in the top ten percent of nursing schools in the country. Our campus is located in the Texas Medical Center, and School of Nursing students enjoy the resources of a distinguished Health Science Center combined with the expertise of the world's largest medical center. Our school offers a broad range of course work resulting in BSN, MSN, or DSN degrees. We also provide a wide variety of settings in which students and faculty can study, conduct research, and participate in clinical practice. The School of Nursing is one of six academic units of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The other units, in chronological order of establishment, are: Dental Branch (1905), Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (1963), School of Public Health (1967), Medical School (1970), and School of Health Information Sciences (2000). The School of Nursing offers an undergraduate program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a graduate program leading to the degrees of Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Science in Nursing.

PROGRAMS

The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing program is designed for students who wish to enter the profession of nursing and for nurses who have earned an associate degree or diploma in nursing and desire to obtain the baccalaureate degree.

The Master of Science in Nursing program has 11 clinical specialty tracks with various role options and 2 concentration tracks in Nursing Leadership and Administration in Health Services and Clinical Research Management. The eleven clinical specialty tracks are: Acute Care Nursing, Adult Health, Emergency Care Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nursing, Neonatal Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia, Oncology Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Psychiatric-Mental Health Care Nursing, and Women's Health Care Nursing. Role options include: administration, clinical nurse specialist, education, and nurse practitioner. In addition we offer a coordinated MSN/MPH degree program with the School of Public Health.

The Doctor of Science in Nursing program is designed to produce faculty scholars and clinicians who will develop, test, and implement innovations in health care delivery and will be prepared to teach the next generation of nurses in advanced practice. The DSN curriculum is organized around a multidimensional framework which recognizes the scholarship of discovery, application, integration, and teaching (Boyer, 1990). The curriculum also focuses on three levels of prevention, i.e., primary, secondary, and tertiary. This dimension of the framework is consistent with the philosophy of the School of Nursing which states that nursing is committed to health promotion, prevention and early detection of disease, restoration of wellness, continuing care for persons with chronic illnesses, and rehabilitation services. The research focus of the program is health care interventions and outcomes.

The School of Nursing and School of Public Health offer a coordinated MSN/MPH program that allows students to earn both degrees while simultaneously enrolled in both schools. The program offers courses that help prepare advanced practice public health nurses for leadership positions in public, community and occupational health.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston offers a masters of science in nursing degree program in nurse anesthesia to Army nurses in cooperation with the Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. The students in this program attend classes at the Academy of Health Sciences and perform their clinical courses at major Army medical centers. They must meet the same requirements for admission, progression, and graduation as the students enrolled in the anesthesia program on campus in Houston.

Today, the School of Nursing takes great pride in the quality and variety of educational experiences it is able to offer its graduate and undergraduate students. The central location, in the midst of The Texas Medical Center, allows the students to observe and participate in providing high quality health care with the latest technological advances.

At the same time, concentrated efforts are made to avoid the depersonalization often inherent in technology in a health science center. Therefore, much emphasis is placed on individualized, humanistic care.

PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing reflects the beliefs of the faculty and supports the mission of the school. The coordinated efforts of the undergraduate and graduate programs contribute to the education, research, care of individuals and population, community service and development purposes of the university to advance professional nursing. The faculty believe that people, health and nursing are interrelated and exist in a dynamic global environment. People are viewed as holistic beings with inherent dignity and worth who participate as actively as they are able in decisions that affect their state of health. These decisions are influenced by individual values, beliefs and perceptions as well as ethical, legal, cultural, social, political, and economic forces.



School name:University of Texas Health Science Center - HoustonSchool of Nursing
Address:6901 Bertner
Zip & city:TX 77030 Texas
Phone:(713) 500-2000
Web:http://son.uth.tmc.edu/
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School of Nursing Courses


HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course provides the student with an opportunity to develop skills in assessment across the life span and to evaluate a client's health status from a holistic perspective. Using a multitheoretical approach, the application of selected principles from the physical and social sciences are incorporated throughout the course. Collection and evaluation of data are incorporated into learning the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on assisting students to develop critical thinking skills that prepare them for nursing practice in the 21st century.

ADULT HEALTH CARE I
This course introduces major theories and concepts necessary to provide holistic nursing care to adults from diverse cultures with selected physiological disorders. These theories and concepts are introduced using a wellness-illness continuum and serve as a basis for critical thinking and use of the nursing process in the care of adult patients. Concepts such as health, culture, environment, aging, nutrition, and the professional nurse role in direct patient care and in collaboration with other health care providers are addressed. Students are provided the opportunity to master nursing technologies in a variety of laboratory and clinical situations.

BASIC PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
This course is designed to give the student an understanding of basic mechanisms in the etiology of human disease. Emphasis will be placed on relationships between etiologic agents and alterations in human structure and function. Influences of genetic, ethnic, and age-related factors on human disease will be analyzed. Critical thinking process integrating elements of pathophysiology and biomedical research will be applied to concepts of disease causation, health promotion, and disease prevention.

COMPREHENSIVE PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
This course focuses on the etiologic, symptomatologic, and pathologic aspects of selected human diseases across the life span. Concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, disease progression, and treatment are approached from a cellular and multi-system perspective. Influences of genetic, ethnic, cultural, and temporal variables on human disease are analyzed. Content aims at stimulating critical thinking. Research-based pathophysiologic knowledge will be applied to nursing management of illness and health restoration.

GERONTOLOGIC NURSING
This course is designed to explore current issues and concepts related to aging. Theories of aging and concepts such as health, culture, spirituality, and environment are addressed. The overall goal is to facilitate understanding of older persons and their unique needs in order to provide holistic care and foster a better quality of life.

ADULT AND OLDER ADULT HEALTH CARE II
This course focuses on young, middle, and older adults experiencing an array of physiological disorders and provides the opportunity for implementation of the nursing process in a variety of health care settings with a focus on secondary and tertiary prevention. Emphasis is on professional health care that reflects comprehensive, humanistic, altruistic, and interprofessional values. The course helps the student to incorporate professional standards as a basis for practice, to use critical thinking, to set priorities for patient care, to make nursing judgments, and to apply selected theory and research findings to provide holistic care to adults.

SYSTEMS PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
This course focuses on the etiologic, symptomatologic, and pathologic aspects of selected human diseases across the life span. Concepts of disease progression and physiologic adaptation are approached from a multi-system perspective, as impacted by genetic, ethnic, cultural, and temporal variables. Content aims at stimulating critical thinking ability validated by research-based pathophysiologic knowledge for application to disease prevention and health restoration.

PSYCHIATRIC AND MENTAL HEALTH CARE
This course applies the nursing process to the care of individuals, families, and groups with psychiatric and mental health disorders. Diversity of age, gender, race, culture, developmental level, education, and socioeconomic backgrounds is emphasized. Issues of mental health and mental illness throughout the lifespan are examined. The professional nurse's role as a member of a collegial mental health care team during the present and for the 21st century is addressed. Opportunity is provided to develop skills in applying concepts of psychiatric nursing to the care of individuals and groups in inpatient and outpatient settings. The acceptance of responsibility and accountability for practice is reaffirmed. Personal and professional growth is promoted.

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE
This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to apply critical thinking and clinical judgments to the health care of the childbearing family from a holistic and humanistic perspective. Students integrate theories of nursing, family, systems, role, development, and communications and apply them to childbearing families. Nursing process, research, and ethical professional standards are applied to normal and high-risk childbearing families in various settings. Students critically analyze health care needs and resources of multicultural childbearing families and the ability of the health care system to meet those needs. Health promotion, disease prevention, and management of normal and high-risk conditions in the prenatal, intrapartal, and postpartal periods are the focus. The course is designed for students to examine the impact of the nursing perspective in the interdisciplinary approach to health care.

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH CARE
This course offers the student the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills for the care of children and families in various health care settings. It includes information from current literature, research, and practice pertinent to growth and development, psychosocial, cultural, and physical needs of children with emphasis focused on health promotion, health maintenance, and health restoration. Specific nursing theories, developmental theories, coping, grief and grieving, and system theories, to the care of children and families are explored. The nursing role and collegial relationships critical to holistic, humanistic, and altruistic care of families and children from multicultural backgrounds experiencing various stressors are discussed. Selected community resources and legal-ethical considerations in the care of children and families will be identified. The clinical portion of the course is designed to offer students the opportunity to apply theory, nursing process, and critical thinking skills to the care of children and families. Generalized and specialized ill and well child settings are used for clinical placement.

PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS
This course focuses on the use of pharmacological agents in adult clients to prevent illness and maintain and restore wellness. Relevant background information needed by the nurse to develop a plan of therapeutic intervention and to evaluate patient's response to drugs is addressed. Drug effects and management of clients receiving pharmaceutical agents is viewed from a holistic perspective.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING FOR RNS
The course introduces the student to the integration of professional nursing with public health principles and methods in order to apply the nursing process to the community. Students have the opportunity to learn comprehensive methods for assessment and identification of populations at risk for major community health problems. The course emphasizes approaches for interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary strategies, using the health care system and community resources, to promote health and prevent disease for populations at risk.

COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECT FOR RNS
The course provides the student with the opportunity to integrate professional nursing with public health principles and methods in applying the nursing process to the community. Students work independently and collaboratively to apply principles and methods for comprehensive assessment, program planning and intervention in an identified population. Objectives for the course are based on the American Nurses Association’s Standards for Community Health Nursing Practice.

COMPREHENSIVE PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
This course focuses on the etiologic, symptomatologic, and pathologic aspects of selected human diseases across the life span. Concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, disease progression, and treatment are approached from a cellular and multi-system perspective. Influences of genetic, ethnic, cultural, and temporal variables on human disease are analyzed. Content aims at stimulating critical thinking. Research-based pathophysiologic knowledge will be applied to nursing management of illness and health restoration.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR RNS
This online-based course provides the student with an opportunity to develop skills in adult assessment and to evaluate a client’s health status from a holistic perspective. Using a multitheoretical approach, the application of selected principles from the physical and social sciences are incorporated throughout the course. Collection and evaluation of data are incorporated into learning the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on assisting students to develop critical thinking skills that prepare them for nursing practice in the 21st Century.

RN MODULE I: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND PROMOTION OF HEALTH
This course offers the student a framework on which to begin to critically examine and develop a personal philosophy of professional nursing. The philosophy and mission statement of the School of Nursing and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are examined. Nursing as a profession is addressed from a historical perspective as it has responded to cultural economic, political and technological changes in society. Students are guided in exploring their personal values and beliefs as they apply to nursing practice, while reflecting on holistic, humanistic, altruistic and collegial values. Principles, concepts, and strategies that promote health in society and self-care are examined. Theories are discussed as a foundation for developing a professional nursing basis for practice. Within the context of nursing, teaching, learning, and group process principles are introduced. Basic skills for scholarly writing and information gathering are presented.

RN MODULE II: ISSUES IN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
This course explores issues relating to the health care delivery system and professional nurses and their practice. Emphasis will be placed on the professional nurse’s role as related to scope of practice based on statutory laws and regulations, legal and ethical responsibilities and workplace issues.

RN MODULE III: MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP
This course explores concepts that shape leadership and management practices in the health care delivery system and in professional nursing practice. Emphasis will be placed on the nurse’s role in conflict resolution, decision-making, change, and managed care within a collegial environment. Entrepreneurial roles for nursing will be explored. Organizational and management theories will be evaluated and applied to practice. Holistic, humanistic, altruistic and multicultural nursing care will be examined within the context of today’s health care environment.

SYNTHESIS: APPLICATION FOR CHANGE INTO PRACTICE
This course is designed to integrate prior knowledge and content from the curriculum. The focus of the course will be the nurse as change agent and application of research into evidencedbased practice.

SEMINAR: PRACTICE OF NURSING II
This seminar/course provides the student with the opportunity to apply the nursing process to adults and to integrate concepts from pathophysiology, pharmacology, health assessment, older adult theory and clinical experiences using discussion, problem based learning, case studies, and critical thinking approaches. Students will begin an ongoing case management project.

W HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This online-based course provides student with an opportunity to develop basic skills in health assessment and to evaluate a patient’s health status from a holistic perspective. Using a multi theoretical online interactive approach, application of selected principles from physical and social sciences are incorporated throughout the course.

W ADULT HEALTH I
This course introduces major theories and concepts necessary to provide holistic nursing care to adults from diverse cultures with selected physiological disorders. These theories and concepts are introduced using a wellness-illness continuum and serve as a basis for critical thinking and use of the nursing process in the care of adult patients. Concepts such as health, culture, environment, aging, nutrition and the professional nurse role in direct patient care and in collaboration with other health care providers are addressed.

W OLDER ADULT
In this course, the student applies theoretical concepts to the holistic nursing care of older adults in health and illness. Focus is on maintaining functional health status and improving quality of life of older adults in diverse settings. Selected issues explore normal, healthy aging; health services; economic, political, legal and ethical aspects of care; health promotion strategies and selected problems and risks that challenge a diverse aging population.

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