Course Descriptions - MS in Nursing

Nursing Theory


Nurs 5000 - Nursing Sciences (3 credits)

Analysis of Transcultural Nursing theories and clinical applications of these theories across the lifespan of health care agencies. Culture will be examined by examining specific subcultures such as ethnic groupings, economic classes, disease categories, developmental liabilities and levels.


Nursing Management Theory Core


Nurs 5100 - Nursing and Organizational Theory (3 credits)

Analysis of Transcultural Nursing and organizational behavior with an emphasis on theories of leadership, motivation, learning, team building, organizational behavior with an emphasis on theories of of leadership, team building, organizational culture and staff development. These theories will be discussed in relation to individual differences among staff and client populations. This theory course will support the clinical course, Transcultural Nursing Management I, in which the emphasis will be on developing nursing leadership skills in working with diverse nursing staff and in the nursing administration skills of designing protocols of care responsive to culturally diverse groups of patients. 


Nurs 5200 - Organizational Communications in Transcultural Health Care Systems (3 credits)

Analysis of human relations and communication theories as applied to management of nursing, patient care, and diverse ethnic and cultural personnel systems. Emphasis on group and inter-group dynamics, interpersonal communication, conflict, power, and change. Teaching strategies will emphasize interpersonal communication using verbal, nonverbal, written, multicultural and audiovisual modes. Application of content correlated with content in Transcultural Nursing Administration Practice II. 




Nurs 5300 - Fiscal Management in Nursing and Health Care Systems (3 credits)


Study of fiscal aspects of health care and nursing systems. Concepts of economics and accounting as applied to unit based budgeting will be examined. Fiscal analysis of patient costs, insurance reimbursement and regimen costs will be done to further an understanding of the fiscal implications of care to both the health care system and to the patient. 

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5600 - Computers in Health Care (3 credits)
Examination of computers as a tool in various arenas of the health care system. Development of computer skills for health care applications in patient care, personnel, and unit management systems. An emphasis will be placed on "hands on" skills with a variety of software services including staffing packaged, patient acuity, and classification systems, staff development tracking packages, quality assurance systems, and care management data bases for patient care.


Nursing Management Clinical Core


Nurs 5110 - Transcultural Nursing Administration Practice I (2 credits)

An emphasis is placed on developing nursing leadership skills in working with diverse nursing staff and in the nursing administration skills of designing organizational structure and protocols of care responsive to culturally diverse groups of patients. Application of selected aspects of transcultural nursing management practices in the areas of organizational structure, management systems, leadership decision making, role modeling, and mentoring theories. 



Nurs5210 - Transcultural Nursing Administration Practice II (2 credits)

Application of selected aspects of nursing management practice in human resource management and communication. Analysis of key concepts including change, power, conflict resolution, group dynamics and inter-group dynamics and personnel selection development and evaluation. 



Nurs5910 - Transcultural Nursing Administration Practice III (5 credits)
Implementation of selected aspects of nursing management practice with diverse patient and nurse populations in a selected target area of interest chosen in Nurs 5900. Students will have selected an interest/target area consistent with the guided elective track. Target areas may include research focusing on diverse patient groups, development of flexible models of care responsive to diverse patient care and provider groups, tracking of fiscal and quality variables using information systems, and developing a comprehensive understanding of specific health care groups and related needs.


Nursing Research Core


Nurs 5900 - Research in Transcultural Nursing Administration I (3 credits)

Analysis of the research process including the identification of a problem and development of a design in an area of transcultural nursing administration. Examples of research problems in transcultural nursing administration would include: examining health care needs of culturally diverse patient populations; examining nursing strategies designed for culturally diverse populations such as the aged, ethnic minorities, and handicapped patient populations; examining leadership strategies and models of care effective in meeting the needs of both a diverse work group and a diverse client group; and an examination of barriers to health care for culturally specific groups.



Nurs 5901 - Research in Transcultural Nursing Administration II (3 credits)
Implementation of specific aspects of nursing management practice with diverse patient and nurse populations in a selected target area in interest chosen in Nurs 5900. Students will have selected an interest/target area consistent with the curriculum focus and guided elective track. Students may do research in area such as: tracking of fiscal and quality variables; use of information systems; and understanding of the needs of diverse patient groups and diverse staff groups. 

Community Nursing Core


Nurs 5400 - Epidemiology in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)

This course examines the epidemiological and nursing processes from the perspective of advanced practice nursing. Emphasis is on the synthesis of theories and models from epidemiology and nursing with special attention to nursing practice from an epidemiological view, within the context of cultural and social pluralism.



Nurs 5500 - Theoretical Foundations For Advanced Practice in Community Health Nursing (3 credits)

This course explores the theoretical basis for advanced practice in Community Health Nursing (including home health care, public health and managed care) through analysis of models and theories that contribute to this unique area of the Nursing discipline. Emphasis is placed on the design of community health nursing processes that emphasize Community Health Nursing practice that is population focused, and based on theories and models from nursing and supportive disciplines. The dialectical process includes examination of the relationship among theory, research and practice.


School Nursing Core

Nurs 5501 - School Nursing I (3 credits)

This course facilitates the development of school nurse competencies through exploration of the principles, theoretical frameworks, and trends in school nursing.  A holistic approach is used to explore health needs of primary and secondary school-aged populations.  Legal mandates for school health and components of school health programs are explored with special foci on qualifications, roles and functions of school nurses, documentation and analysis of models of school nursing practice, and school law as it pertains to the medically fragile child, as well as developing and implementing individual health care plans for exceptional children.


Nurs 5502 - School Nursing II (3 credits)

This course enables students to identify problems and plan solutions related to the total administrative program of health in schools.  The coordination of school facilities with resources at the community, county and state levels will be studied.  Students investigate the organization, administration, and evaluation of health services at the primary and secondary levels. Attention will be paid to


School Nursing Practicum (6 credits)

Includes two (2) three credit courses that must be taken together after all foundation courses are completed and required documents (current New Jersey RN license, current liability insurance, current CPR/AED certification) have been filed.


Nurs 5510 - School Nursing Practicum (3 credits) and HED 5500 – Health Education Internship (3 credits)

The culminating experience in the School Nurse Program includes supervised field activities in health education and school nurse practice, in approved primary and secondary school settings. Certified school nurses, qualified health teachers and internship coordinators will supervise students in experiences associated with State-mandated programs. The course also includes the opportunity to prepare and teach health education in the classroom or in other school related health-teaching venues.

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