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Graduate Catalog 2014-15

NURSING

Application Deadline:  Nursing: Doctor of Nursing Practice – Post-Masters, Fall only – March 1st; Nurse Anesthesia – June 1st for the following year.

DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE

Building on their specialty practice, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduates design new models of care, use evidence to improve practice, evaluate outcomes, identify and manage the health care needs of individuals, communities, and populations, and use technology and information systems to improve health outcomes.  Guided by faculty mentors, DNP candidates enrich and deepen their specialty practice by engaging in transformative educational activities. Through experiential learning, self-assessment and reflection, community engagement, inter-professional relationships and scientific inquiry, nurses emerge as leaders, transforming their practice and health care in self-identified areas of concern and influence. The program culminates in a doctoral project that reflects a synthesis of the knowledge and skills gained throughout the candidate's educational experience.

DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE STUDENT OUTCOME BEHAVIORS

  • Use ethical and creative reasoning, critical thinking, self-reflection, and scientific inquiry as a foundation for clinical investigative competencies.
  • Critique and selectively translate science to guide decision making in practice settings.
  • Appraise and use information systems and technologies.
  • Use an intraprofessional and interprofessional approach to improve health outcomes for individuals and populations.
  • Provide organizational and system leadership to continuously improve quality of health care.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the care of diverse, underserved, and vulnerable populations.
  • Evaluate and shape policy that improves the health of individuals and populations.
  • Collaborate with individuals, groups, and communities to promote health, prevent illness, and improve health outcomes.

POST-MASTER’S DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE

The SIUE Post-Master’s DNP program is designed for nurses holding a nursing master’s degree in an advanced nursing practice specialty area or in health care administration. To facilitate learners’ access to DNP education, the post-master’s program is offered primarily online with intermittent, scheduled face-to-face learning experiences. All educational strategies focus on the development of meaningful relationships and scholarship competencies needed at the highest level of nursing practice.

ADMISSION

In addition to the University requirements for admission (which include applications to the Graduate Admissions Office, submission of official transcripts, and an application fee), the School of Nursing admission decisions are based upon the following:

Completion of both the Graduate School application and the School of Nursing Application Packet (School of Nursing Application, CV, Potential Project Form, Three Reference Forms). 

  1. The applicant must hold a Master of Science in nursing as an advanced practice nurse or have a master’s degree in an advance nursing practice role with completed practicum hours.  Nurses with degrees from Nurse Educator programs will not be considered for admission.
  2. A cumulative master’s GPA of 3.0 (A=4.0) or higher
  3. Completion of a graduate-level statistics course with a grade of “B” or better within the last 6 years.
  4. Completion of a graduate-level epidemiology course with a grade of “B” or better with the last 6 years.
  5. Current unencumbered RN licensure and in good standing.
  6. Personal interview.

The application deadline is March 1 for fall. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable advance deposit fee of $300 is required (applied toward future tuition).

PROGRAM OF STUDY

NURS 600–3 Theory Guided Practice
NURS 601–3 Studies in Genomics and Ethics
NURS 604–3 Evaluating Evidence for Improving Practice/Health Care Outcomes
NURS 605–3 Health Policy and Finance for Advanced Nursing Leadership
NURS 617–3 Advanced Applications of Epidemiology in Practice
NURS 620–3 Health Care Informatics
NURS 691–3 Organizational and Systems Leadership in Health Care
NURS 695a –1 Health Care Innovations Seminar
NURS 695c–2 (taken 4 times) Doctoral Practice Project

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

Students must successfully complete all course work and a doctoral project. Because the American Association of Colleges of Nursing has mandated that DNP graduates complete at least 1,000 hours of practice post-baccalaureate as part of a supervised academic program, master's degree transcripts will be evaluated individually, with a maximum of 500 clinical hours from advanced practice specialization programs counting toward the total 1,000 required hours.

DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE NURSE ANESTHESIA SPECIALIZATION

The DNP Nurse Anesthesia specialization prepares registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees to provide individualized anesthetic patient care for diagnostic, therapeutic, or pain management procedures.  Nurse anesthetist practices are based on both institutional and state policies, but are usually in collaboration with physicians.  Nurse anesthetists are well-respected and often work autonomously, especially in rural areas where they may be the sole anesthesia providers.

The DNP nurse anesthesia specialization offers courses and clinical experiences that meet or exceed the standards of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.  Within the specialization, students learn to provide anesthetic care in diverse settings, including both rural and urban settings.  Following graduation, students are eligible to take the National Certification Examination offered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.  The DNP Nurse Anesthesia specialization is offered full-time over nine semesters (36 months) at the Edwardsville campus.

ADMISSION

In addition to the University requirements for admission (which include submission of application to the Graduate Admissions Office, and application fee and submission of official transcripts meeting University requirements), the School of Nursing admission decisions are based upon the following: 

  • Completion of the School of Nursing Application Packet, which consists of the School of Nursing application, three reference forms (one of which should be from your current manager and two others preferably from nurses holding a graduate degree in nursing or a related field) and the Goals and Objectives form. 
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a CCNE, NLNAC OR ACEN accredited program. 
  • At least one year of recent, adult intensive care experience.
  • Current unencumbered Illinois and Missouri RN licensure (both required after admission to the program).
  • Minimum undergraduate nursing GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  • Preferred minimum undergraduate science GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  • Preferred minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  • Evidence of completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better.
  • Completion of an undergraduate course in organic or biochemistry and physics no more than six years prior to entering the program of study.
  • Successful completion of a drug screen and a criminal background check, as specified by the School of Nursing, to be performed after initial acceptance to the program. 
  • Successful completion of an application interview.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Core/Advance Practice Core courses (29 hours)
PAPA 561,
NURS 513-4 Advanced health Assessment and Practicum (will be 3 hours)
NURS 514-4 Advanced Human Physiology
NURS 515-4 Advanced Human Pathophysiology
NURS 516-3 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice
NURS 600–3 Theory Guided Practice
NURS 604–3 Evaluating Evidence for Improving Practice/Health Care Outcomes
NURS 605–3 Health Policy and Finance for Advanced Nursing Leadership
NURS 691–3 Organizational and Systems Leadership in Health Care

Specialization courses (43 hours)
NURS 529-2 Orientation to Nurse Anesthesia Practicum
NURS 560-3 Ethical, Legal, and Systemic Issues in Anesthesia Practice
NURS 563-3 Pharmacology Related to Anesthesia
NURS 564-3 Chemistry and Physics Applied to Anesthesia
NURS 565a-5 Theoretical Foundations of Anesthesia Nurse I
NURS 565b-1 Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia I
NURS 566a-5 Theoretical Foundations of Anesthesia Nursing II
NURS 566b-2 Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia II
NURS 567a-5 Theoretical Foundations of Nurse Anesthesia III
NURS 567b-2 Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia III
NURS 668a-3 Clinical Correlations and Innovations in Anesthesia Practice I
NURS 668b-2 Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia IV
NURS 669a-3 Clinical Correlations and Innovations in Anesthesia Practice II
NURS 669b-2 Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia V
NURS 670a-1 Clinical Leadership in Anesthesia Seminar
NURS 670b-1 Clinical Leadership in Anesthesia Practicum

Doctoral Practice Project (8 hours)
NURS 695a –1 Health Care Innovations Seminar
NURS 697a-1 Doctoral Project Design and Management
NURS 697b-1 Doctoral Project Design and Management
NURS 697c-1 Doctoral Project Design and Management
NURS 697d-1 Doctoral Project Design and Management
NURS 697e-1 Doctoral Project Design and Management

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

The exit requirements for the DNP final project consists of a terminal project with a total of eight (8) hours: 1 credit hour for 695a, Health Care Innovations Seminar, and seven (7) credit hours of 697 (a-e) Doctoral Project Design and Implementation.  The final practice-focused project incorporates a written, evidence-based project and oral presentation.

 

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