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Graduate Studies Calendar 2020-2021 Courses of Instruction Course Descriptions N, O Nursing NURS
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For more information about these courses, see the Faculty of Nursing: nursing.ucalgary.ca/graduate.

Graduate Courses
Nursing 601       Seminar on Special Topics Related to Health Care and Nursing

Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Nursing 602       Theoretical Perspectives in Aging
Overview of key theories of aging and explores contemporary and emerging issues associated with aging populations. Students will consider the provision of health and social services to older adults across different care continuums and explore their roles in the care of older adults at individual, community, and population levels.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 603       Independent Supervised Clinical Practicum

Course Hours:
3 units; (156 hours)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Nursing 604       Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
Philosophy and principles of a comprehensive geriatric assessment. The impact of age-related changes that contribute to older adults’ presentation and the responses to therapeutic management will be explored. Students will utilize this knowledge and explore how it relates to advanced practice.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 605       Philosophical Knowledge and Advanced Nursing Practice
Exploration of the philosophical knowledge of advanced nursing practice. A process of critical analysis, reflection and inquiry into the various philosophical approaches, ways of knowing, theories concepts and paradigms leading to a philosophically informed analysis of the knowledge practices activated during the conduct of nursing work.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 606       Focused Studies in Aging
Explores contemporary clinical issues of significance to an older adult population in detail. Students will select specific topics and may choose three modules from among the following: 1) Co-Morbidity and Chronicity; 2) Frailty and progressive changes in Functioning; 3) Cognitive Issues in Aging; 4) Palliation; and 5) Disability. Also covers principles of practice development and practice improvement using a quality improvement framework and development of a practice demonstration.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 607       Independent Guided Study

Course Hours:
3 units; (39 hours)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Nursing 608       Specialized Practice Demonstration
Integrates content knowledge with practice development or improvement processes, in order to enact a specialized workplace practice demonstration. Students will be supported by faculty to undertake their practice demonstration and to evaluate the effects of change on key stakeholders.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 609        Applied Statistics for Nursing Research                                  

The understanding of the conceptual basis, use, and pitfalls of common bio statistical methods used in the analyses of data, as well as, being able to analyze data using computer software. This course minimizes mathematical theory and concentrates on the ‘when to use’, ‘why to use’, and ‘what the results mean’ bio statistical issues.


Course Hours:
3 units; (3-1)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 611       Theoretical Knowledge and Advanced Nursing Practice         
Introduction to substantive theory related to advanced nursing practice. As students identify their population focus they will examine frameworks for advanced nursing practice that inform their care for individuals, families and communities of practice.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 612       Understand Comorbidity: Advanced Assessment, Screening, and Practice Implications
Selected theories and models of addiction and mental health relevant to advancing specialized practice and including advanced assessment, screening and implications for practice innovation and leadership.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 614       Therapeutic Practices: Counselling, Treatment Planning, and Sustained Recovery
Selected therapeutic practices in addiction and mental health including but not limited to therapeutic relationships, therapeutic use of self, counseling (individual, group, family), motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and contingency management and trauma informed care.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 616       Specialized Practice Integration
Specialized practice seminar focused on integration of advanced knowledge, practice and ethics; active engagement in critical debriefing of complex case scenarios augmented with virtual simulation; and development of a practice demonstration proposal.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 617       Philosophy and Practice in Palliative Care
Examination of the philosophy of palliative/hospice care, taught by faculty from many disciplines. An important focus includes the students' self-exploration of their own beliefs, values, and attitudes about life, illness, death, and dying, and how this self-exploration shapes interactions with those we care for.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 618       Specialized Practice Demonstration
Implementation and evaluation of a proposed practice demonstration with a final report and recommendations.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 620       Principles of Teaching and Learning for Nursing Practice: Nurse as Educator
Focus on the principles of teaching and learning for nursing practice. Explores the role of the nurse as educator relative to the concept of health education as an intervention to empower clients to achieve their wellness potential and ultimately to improve quality of care outcomes and quality of life. Also explores the nurse as educator role as it relates to nursing education of students and intradisciplinary colleagues, emphasizing quality of care practices and the phenomena of competency and leadership as they contribute to quality of care outcomes.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Nursing 601.42)
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Nursing 621       Quantitative Designs and Analysis                                              
Critical analysis of nursing research. Emphasis on the study of research designs appropriate to clinical nursing problems, measurement, reliability and validity issues, and critique criteria.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 622       Foundational Philosophy for Teaching and Learning Across Contexts
Prepares students to teach in direct settings, simulation, online, as well as conventional classrooms. Focuses on building a philosophy for teaching and learning that incorporates foundational teaching and learning theory applicable to a variety of student contexts.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 623       Hermeneutic Research
Inquiry into the philosophical and historical influences that have shaped hermeneutic phenomenology as an approach to nursing and health care research.  Exploration of interpretive practices essential to the conduct of hermeneutic research.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 624       People, Places, and Relationships
Involves the critical examination of teaching and learning specific to advancing professional practice with emphasis on cultivating relationships for learning, learning across diversity. Also focuses on generation of possibilities for change and innovation and consolidation of preferred teaching and learning practices in a selected focus of study.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 625       Nursing Leadership
Exploration of leadership style and behaviour; self-awareness and presentation of self; interpersonal and group effectiveness; and team management in the context of nursing leadership and organizational change in health systems.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Nursing 601.62)
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Nursing 626       Integrative Seminars: Current Trends in Teaching and Learning
Introduces specialized topics in teaching and learning and provides an opportunity to engage in critical reflection and analysis. Students will explore a variety of teaching and learning strategies within multiple contexts and develop their individualized teaching practice.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 627       Academic Scholarly Writing                                                    
An intensive writing course with additional pre-course reading and writing. Students will prepare for the course by reading texts and writing scholarly accounts that may be based in their nursing practice.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (18 hours)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 628       Teaching and Learning Demonstration Project
Students will provide a demonstration of innovative teaching and learning strategies within a focused context (online, simulation, classroom, or clinical practice). Formulation and delivery of a proposed teaching and learning advanced practice demonstration will include a final report and recommendations.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 629       Evidence-Informed Nursing                                                            
Building on foundations of critical inquiry by emphasizing the evaluation and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative research, students develop an enhanced ability to use systematic reviews and research-based innovations in making evidence-based decisions for client care, nursing knowledge and organizational or system improvement.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (18 hours)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 633       Advanced Nursing - Leadership I        
A critical examination of theories and principles of leadership and leadership development as it relates to individual leadership practices, leading multidisciplinary teams, and leadership within the broader health system. Students will explore and discuss the influence of leaders and leadership on the healthcare workplace, on client/population outcomes, and the health care system. In the project students will utilize evidence to assess their leadership skills and competencies, and how they relate to the development and evaluation of their project.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-1T-8)
Prerequisite(s):
Nursing 605 and 611.
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Nursing 634       Advanced Nursing - Leadership II and III                                          
The purpose of clinical practicums II and III is to follow through with the project that was proposed in Nursing 633 including: implementing the study, analyzing and interpreting the findings, writing and submitting the paper for publication and/or presenting the paper at a conference.
Course Hours:
6 units; (2S-8)
Prerequisite(s):
Nursing 633.
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Nursing 642       Nurse Practitioner Practicum I and Role Integration             
Building on the foundational knowledge of advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment and pharmacology, this course provides an opportunity for students to begin to acquire advanced knowledge and skills related to clinical diagnosis, decision-making and management of commonly presented acute and chronic health problems. Additionally this course will address issues related to nurse practitioner role integration.
Course Hours:
6 units; (52S-180 within 8-week block)
Prerequisite(s):
Nursing 661, 663 and 665 or consent of the Faculty, registration in Post-Master's NP Diploma program or the integrated MN/NP program.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Nursing 644       Nurse Practitioner Practicum II
Diagnostic and management skills related to care of patients. Further development of skills in clinical history taking, physical assessment, and diagnostic testing.
Course Hours:
6 units; (52S-180 within 8-week block)
Prerequisite(s):
Nursing 642.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Nursing 646       Nurse Practitioner Practicum III
Learning opportunities and practice experience with emphasis on clinical diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, laboratory tests, differential diagnosis, and patient management.
Course Hours:
6 units; (52S-180 within 8-week block)
Prerequisite(s):
Nursing 644.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Nursing 650       Nurse Practitioner Practicum IV
Consolidation of components of NP role in specialty focus.
Course Hours:
6 units; (16S-292 within 8-week block)
Prerequisite(s):
Nursing 646.       
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Nursing 660       Cultivating Personal Leadership
Exploration of relational leadership including self-awareness and development of leadership capacity. Students will explore their personal leadership style and the influence of leadership on workplace cultures, team dynamics and quality of healthcare delivery.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 661       Advanced Pathophysiology and Therapeutics
Study of pathophysiological phenomena and therapeutics at an advanced level. Classes will be a combination of didactic presentations, seminars and case studies. Students are invited to explore morbidity and mortality in the Canadian population in general and in their area of focus in particular.
Course Hours:
3 units; (4-3T)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 662       The Future of Nursing: The Future of Health Systems
Examines the health delivery system focusing on accessibility, acceptability, appropriateness, effectiveness, efficiency and safety. Students will apply leadership principles to challenges inherent in a complex and dynamic health care system. Focuses on the role of nurses as leaders and transformers of health systems.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 663       Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Nursing Practice
Principles of drug action, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics in the context of advanced nursing practice. Opportunity to investigate pharmacotherapies specific to student's individual client populations.
Course Hours:
3 units; (4S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 664       Innovation in Health Systems
Focused exploration of the principles of innovation, and practices for leading innovation applied to complex healthcare environments. Students will apply design thinking, entrepreneurial practices and examine the value proposition and challenges of innovation in a health system context.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 665       Advanced Health Assessment
Builds upon fundamental health assessment skills to provide a solid foundation for advanced assessment. Focuses on history taking physical examination, diagnostic reasoning and clinical judgment, as well as selected diagnostic skills necessary for advanced practice.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 668       Specialized Practice Demonstration: Healthcare Grand Challenge
Formulation of a bold and innovative proposal developed through team collaboration and joint leadership that addresses a systemic problem and aims to improve the quality of healthcare in Alberta. Drawing on previous learning of personal and professional competencies, students will be presented with a grand challenge associated with leading and improving a complex health system.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 683       Qualitative Designs and Analysis
Exploration of research methods based primarily on inductive reasoning. Methods, issues and techniques of sampling, data collection, analysis, and interpretation will be explored. Experience will be provided in data collection, management, and analysis.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 701       Doctoral Special Topics

Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Nursing 705       Philosophy of Science in Nursing
Exploration of major philosophical positions and their contributions to the generation and evaluation of knowledge. Examination of the development and evolution of nursing knowledge.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 707       Directed Study

Course Hours:
3 units; (39 hours)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Nursing 711       Doctoral Scholarship in Nursing
Focus on development of a nurse scientist. Seminar discussions will address launching a viable and fundable program of research, grantsmanship, managing multi-disciplinary research teams, and establishing a record of publication and dissemination.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Nursing 721       Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
Opportunities for developing nurse scientists and other health professional doctoral students to increase understanding of, and ability to utilize, quantitative research methods for scientific inquiry. Focuses on identifying issues/dilemmas arising during the research process and methods to address these challenges.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Nursing 621.
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Nursing 723       Hermeneutic Research

Inquiry into the philosophical and historical influences that have shaped hermeneutic phenomenology as an approach to nursing and health care research. Exploration of interpretive practices essential to the conduct of hermeneutic research.


Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Nursing 733       Doctoral Thesis Seminar
Opportunity for students to discuss development of their thesis proposal with a focus on the question, design, ethical considerations, and funding.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Nursing 705 and one graduate-level advanced research course.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Nursing 769       Contemporary Issues in Health Care
Theoretical examination of concepts and research for increasing the availability and accessibility of health care. Appraisal of the relationships among leadership, policy and practice issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Nursing 783       Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
Exploration of the philosophical foundations and practice of qualitative research methods in health care inquiry. Emphasis on interpretive assumptions and practices relevant to the conduct of qualitative research.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Nursing 683.
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