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Graduate Studies Calendar 2022-2023 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):
Admission to Contemporary Topics in Aging Certificate.
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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):
Admission to Contemporary Topics in Aging Certificate and Nursing 602.
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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):
Admission to Contemporary Topics in Aging Certificate and Nursing 604.
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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):
Admission to Contemporary Topics in Aging Certificate and Nursing 606.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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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; (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):
Admission to Addiction and Mental Health Certificate.
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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):
Admission to Addiction and Mental Health Certificate and Nursing 612.
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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):
Admission to Addiction and Mental Health Certificate and Nursing 614.
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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):
Admission to Addiction and Mental Health Certificate and Nursing 616.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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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):
Admission to Innovations in Teaching and Learning Certificate.
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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):
Admission to Innovations in Teaching and Learning Certificate and Nursing 622.
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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):
Admission to Innovations in Teaching and Learning Certificate and Nursing 624.
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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):
Admission to Innovations in Teaching and Learning Certificate and Nursing 626.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Nursing 630       Quantitative Research and Statistics
Critical analysis of quantitative research methods. Emphasis on the study of research designs appropriate to clinical nursing problems, measurement, and data analysis. Students will learn critical appraisal skills and will develop an 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.
Course Hours:
3 units; (4S-1)
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Nursing 632       Writing Proposals for the Nursing Profession
Introduction to writing proposals for clinical quality improvement or research projects to address nursing practice challenges. Experience will be provided in synthesizing evidence and developing elements of a comprehensive proposal.

Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
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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 635       Implementation Science for Health Professionals
Introduction to the principles and practices of developmental evaluation, implementing change in the healthcare setting, and evaluating the adoption, outcomes and sustainability of evidence-based interventions and programs. Experience will be provided in addressing real world problems using implementation science.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Nursing 660.
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Nursing 652       Healthcare Information and Big Data
Introduces many of the key concepts, and methods used in the management and use of large healthcare data assets. Issues relating to access, confidentiality, privacy and data stewardship will be examined. Focuses on application and implications of big data use within the healthcare context and is not intended as a methods course.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to Healthcare Innovation and Design Graduate Certificate or Master of Nursing degree.
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Nursing 654       Design in Healthcare
Examines design in healthcare from a variety of facets. Principles and practices of industrial and architectural design will be explored. The process of design and development will be illustrated and opportunities for end-user participation within the design processes will be highlighted.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to Healthcare Innovation and Design Graduate Certificate and Nursing 652.  
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Nursing 656       Emerging Technologies in Healthcare
A focused exploration of emerging trends and issues in healthcare technology. Case studies and exemplars will be used to expand understanding of the intended and unintended consequences of the integration of technology in healthcare.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to Healthcare Innovation and Design Graduate Certificate and Nursing 654.  
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Nursing 658       Specialized Health Design Project
Formulation of a healthcare design project developed through team collaboration that addresses a real-life healthcare challenge posed by industry partners and healthcare leaders. Focus on improving quality of healthcare and application and synthesis of learning from previous courses.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to Healthcare Innovation and Design Graduate Certificate and Nursing 656.     
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):
Admission to Leadership for Health System Transformation Certificate.
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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):
Admission to Leadership for Health System Transformation Certificate and Nursing 660.
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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):
Admission to Leadership for Health System Transformation Certificate and Nursing 662.
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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):
Admission to Leadership for Health System Transformation Certificate and Nursing 664.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Nursing 670       Philosophy and Principles of Palliative Care
Provides foundational knowledge of palliative and end of life care philosophy and practice principles as an integrative approach to care, from diagnosis of a life-threatening illness to end of life crossing primary, tertiary and hospice settings. Focus will be on application and the implications for practice to help drive systems-level change around better integration of palliative care.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to Palliative and End of Life Care Graduate Certificate.
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Nursing 672       Optimizing Comfort and Quality of Living in Palliative and End of Life Care
Advanced specialized palliative care knowledge of common symptoms with the goal of developing expertise in optimizing comfort and quality of life for individuals and families. Assessing and treating complex symptoms, including pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic drug therapy selection, dosing, monitoring and titration relevant to patient/family goals of care will be explored.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to Palliative and End of Life Care Graduate Certificate and Nursing 670.
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Nursing 674       Special Populations and Challenges in Palliative Care
Exploration of special populations and complex challenges in palliative care that are significant to the practice and delivery of palliative care. Topics will include: Complex Practice/Ethical Issues at the end of life (cardiopulmonary resuscitation, suffering, withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatments, palliative sedation, medical assistance in dying); and Challenges and Care for Special Populations in Palliative Care (the bereaved, pediatrics, older adults, poverty/homelessness, rural populations, indigenous populations).
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to Palliative and End of Life Care Graduate Certificate and Nursing 672.
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Nursing 676       Specialized Practice Demonstration: Design and Leading Change in Palliative and End of Life Care
A focused exploration of the principles of innovation, and practices for leading change in the complexity of an issue or population in palliative care. Students will apply design thinking, entrepreneurial practices and examine the value proposition and challenges of innovation in a palliative care context. There will be an opportunity to explore the use of these frameworks in a real-world project.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to Palliative and End of Life Care Graduate Certificate and Nursing 674.
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Nursing 680       Advanced Oncology Nursing Practice
Nursing roles in oncology are dynamic and expanding, largely based on the growing complexity of oncology care. The variety of oncology nursing roles will be identified and discussed. Key concepts regarding these roles and evidence of the impact of these roles on patient experience and outcomes will be explored.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to Oncology Nursing Graduate Certificate.
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Nursing 682       Enhancing Person-Centred Approaches to Cancer Care
The variety of ways that oncology nurses can contribute to person-centred care delivery will be examined. In this context, students will explore principles and practices of leadership and system transformation that can be advanced by specialized oncology nursing practice.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to Oncology Nursing Graduate Certificate and Nursing 680.  
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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 684       Nursing Roles in Oncology Research
An exploration of nursing roles in oncology research to explore trends and issues in nursing research. Students will utilize case studies and exemplars to expand their understanding of the variety of roles nurses play in oncology research.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to Oncology Nursing Graduate Certificate and Nursing 682.  
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Nursing 686       Advanced Oncology Nursing Design Project
Formulation of an oncology nursing design project to systematically address a real-life practice challenge aimed at improving the quality of cancer care. In groups, students will select a project topic explored in Nursing 684. Healthcare leaders and practice mentors may be consulted as needed.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to Oncology Nursing Graduate Certificate and Nursing 684.
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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.
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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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