Curriculum: Master's Entry Program in Nursing

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

First Year
Semester IUnits
MEPN 521Health Assessment3
MEPN 521LHealth Assessment Lab0
MEPN 533Conceptual Basis of Professional Nursing Practice2
MEPN 534Fundamentals of Nursing3
MEPN 534LFundamentals in Nursing Lab0
MEPN 534PFundamentals of Nursing Practicum0
MEPN 535Introduction to Pharmacology in Nursing Practice2
MEPN 555Nursing Practice with Adult and Older Adult Patients with Acute and Chronic Health Problems I5
MEPN 555LNurse Prac w/Adult lab0
MEPN 555PNursing Practice with Adults and Older Adult Patients with Acute and Chronic Health Prob I Practicum0
Semester IIHours
MSNC 511Evidence Based Practice: Role of Theory and Research3
MEPN 556Nursing Practice with Adult and Older Adult Patients with Acute and Chronic Health Problems II6
MEPN 556PNursing Practice with Adult and Older Adult Patients with Acute and Chronic Health Problems II Pract0
MEPN 557Nursing Practice with Psych-Mental Health Clients4
MEPN 557PNursing Practice with Psychiatric-Mental Health Clients Practicum0
Semester III (Summer)Hours
MSNC 503Nursing Practice with Diverse Families in Communities2
MSNE 546Care of the Family Field Experience2
MEPN 558Nursing Practice with Mothers and Infants4
MEPN 558PNursing Practice with Mothers and Infants Practicum0
MEPN 559Nursing Practice with Children with Acute and Chronic Health Problems4
MEPN 559PNursing Practice with Children with Acute and Chronic Health Problems Practicum0
Second Year
Semester IHours
APNC 520Advanced Pathophysiology3
HCIN 540Introduction to Health Care Information Management3
MEPN 547Care of Populations4
MEPN 547PCare of Populations Practicum0
MSNC 534Clinical Nurse Leadership: Theory and Practice6
MSNC 534PClinical Nurse Leader Practicum II0
Semester IIHours
APNC 524Advanced Pharmacology3
MSNC 512Influencing the Health Care Environment: Policy and Systems3
MSNC 518Physical Assessment and Diagnosis for RNs4
MSNC 518LPhysical Assessment and Diagnosis for RNs lab0
MEPN 560Advanced Generalist Nursing Internship5
MEPN 560PAdvanced Generalist Nursing Internship Practicum0
There are two elective courses. MEPN 598 Nursing Externship is a one-unit course offered in Fall and Spring of year two. This course requires an additional 120 practicum hours. MSNE 590 Essential of Critical Care Nursing is a three-unit course offered during intersession between fall and spring semester of year two. 

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

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Units: 3 Repeatability: No

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Focuses on holistic and focused assessments of the health state of the adult patient within the community and hospital setting. Emphasizes development of culturally appropriate physical assessment skills and the ability to recognize deviations from normal. Includes both lecture and skills laboratory components. is text display
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Units: 0 Repeatability: No

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Units: 2 Repeatability: No

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Provides an overview of the nature of the professional nursing role and its conceptual bases. Examines the historical development of the profession; nursing leaders; and the various professional roles of the nurse. Emphasizes theory-based and evidence-based nursing practice; the theoretical foundations in nursing and those imbedded in the graduate curriculum at USD; introduces APA format for scholarly papers. is text display
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Units: 3 Repeatability: No

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Introduces basic nursing care concepts and skills necessary to work with the adult and older adult hospitalized patient with acute and chronic health problems. Introduces students to the normal and aberrant variations in physiological and pathophysiological health states of adults and older adults with or at risk for altered status in hygiene, mobility, nutrition, skin integrity and bowel and bladder elimination. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. is text display
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Units: 0 Repeatability: No

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Units: 0 Repeatability: No

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Units: 2 Repeatability: No

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Provides an overview of the pharmacological concepts of pharmacotheraputics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, contraindications and precautions, adverse effects and drug interactions. The pharmacological concepts of each prototype drug from the following classifications will be included: neurological; cardiovascular; respiratory; gastrointestinal; genitourinary; endocrine and immune; anti-microbial; and antineoplastic. Emphasis will be placed on nursing management that minimizes risks and adverse effects and maximizes the therapeutic effects for patients receiving these medications. is text display
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Units: 4 Repeatability: No

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Focuses on the health of the community and subgroups within the community. Applies nursing and public health concepts to promoting and restoring the health of population groups. Addresses nursing involvement in the legislative and regulatory processes as they affect health status and health care delivery. Examines selected community health problems and their implications for community health nursing practice. is text display
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Units: 0 Repeatability: No

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Units: 5 Repeatability: No

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Expands basic nursing care concepts and skills necessary for students to work with the acute and chronic health problems of adult and older adult patients specific to alterations in oxygenation, fluid/electrolyte status, cardiovascular and endocrine systems. Emphasis is on understanding and assessing the pathophysiologic alterations, risks for complications and sequelae and the interventions necessary to stabilize, restore and promote health. Students will identify essential teaching and health restorative measures in the context of planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care for the patient and family. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is required to pass the course. is text display
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Units: 0 Repeatability: No

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Units: 0 Repeatability: No

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Units: 6 Repeatability: No

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Requires students to apply the nursing process for selected acute and chronic health conditions in adults and older clients. It further develops the generalist nurse’s role in the care of adult and older adult patients with pathophysiologic disruptions across systems. Emphasis is placed on new content such as pathophysiological alterations in the neurological, musculoskeletal and respiratory systems; and long-term care elements specific to cancer, hospice and rehabilitation. Assists students to refine their knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate care related to patient needs, to restore health and prevent complications. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course. is text display
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Units: 0 Repeatability: No

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This course expects students to apply the nursing process for selected acute and chronic health conditions in adults and older clients. It further develops the generalist nurse’s role in the care of adult and older adult patients with pathophysiological disruptions across all systems. Emphasis is placed on new content such as pathophysiological alterations in the gastro-intestinal, renal, neurological, dermatological, musculoskeletal, immune, and female and male reproductive systems; as well as evidence-based practice, ethics, critical thinking, and end of life care. The course expects students to refine their knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate patient needs, from the context of health restoration and prevention of complications and further exacerbations of the pathophysiological disruptions. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course. is text display
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Units: 4 Repeatability: No

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Provides a general overview of clients with mental health problems. Focuses on conceptual models of psychiatric nursing management and treatment modalities. Concepts related to neuropathology, polypharmacy and psychopharmacology and their effect on the mental health of patients are introduced. Specific contexts of psychiatric nursing care are addressed. The goals of the therapeutic nurse-client relationship are also explored. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course. is text display
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Units: 0 Repeatability: No

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This course provides a general overview of clients experiencing mental health problems in the acute care setting. This course focuses on conceptual models of psychiatric nursing management and treatment modalities. Concepts related to neuropathology, poly-pharmacy and psychopharmacology, and their effect on the mental health of patients are introduced. Specific contexts of psychiatric nursing care are addressed. The dimensions and goals of the therapeutic nurse-client relationship are also explored. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher are necessary to pass the course. is text display
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Units: 4 Repeatability: No

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Provides a general overview of family, prenatal, antenatal and post-natal health in addressing the health care needs of the childbearing family with a focus on health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention. Emphasizes primary care as the major dimension of health care; however, students are expected to address secondary and tertiary prevention needs as appropriate. Focuses on family care and education for health. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course. is text display
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Units: 0 Repeatability: No

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Units: 4 Repeatability: No

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Provides a general overview of the health care needs of children and adolescents with a focus on health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention. Pathophysiological disruptions in health across all systems, the unique presentation of these alterations and the acute and chronic health problems specific to this population are presented. Identifying genetic, environmental, developmental and life-style behaviors contributing to acute and chronic health problems are discussed. Focuses on family care and appropriate education for health and optimizing growth and development. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course. is text display
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Units: 0 Repeatability: No

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Units: 5 Repeatability: No

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Focuses on integration of learning from all other courses to develop and execute the advanced generalist nursing role when providing holistic care to patients with complex or critical care level health problems and their families in such clinical specialty areas as pediatrics, high risk OB, crisis psych-mental health and adult medical-surgical units. Emphasizes care of complex patients, identifying rapid response clinical situations by differentiating emergent, urgent and non-emergent clinical states, developing, implementing and evaluating evidenced-based nursing interventions to assist in a patient’s participation in their recovery, prevention of complications and sequelae, reduction of risks and management/stabilization of acute and chronic conditions. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. is text display
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Units: 0 Repeatability: No

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Corequisites: MEPN 560 is text display
Focuses on integration of learning from all other courses to develop and execute the advanced generalist nursing role when providing holistic care to patients with complex or critical care level health problems and their families. Emphasizes care of complex patients, identifying rapid response clinical situations by differentiating emergent, urgent, and non-emergent clinical states; developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based nursing interventions to assist in a patient’s participation in their recovery, prevention of complications and sequelae, reduction of risks, and management/stabilization of acute and chronic conditions. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. is text display
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ESSENTIALS OF CRITICAL CARE NURSING is text display

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

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Focuses on the concepts and frameworks that impact and support critical care nursing of the adult patient. Explores the pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and collaborative management of disorders commonly seen in critically ill patients. Emphasizes evidence-based therapeutic interventions to manage complex patient problems and prevent complications. is text display
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Units: 1 Repeatability: No

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Applies nursing theory, process and clinical skills in an RN-precepted position within a health care agency. The agency and USD have a clinical agreement allowing students to work with geriatric, adult and/or pediatric patients and families. The purpose of this experience is to enable students to become more proficient in patient care activities while at the same time providing a needed community service. Students apply previously acquired nursing theory and skills in assigned patient care; no new nursing skills will be taught in this externship experience. Seminars are held by the School of Nursing Faculty to assess clinical progress of students and discuss clinical experiences, issues, and application of theory. is text display

MEPN 521 , MEPN 521L , MEPN 533 , MEPN 534 , MEPN 534L , MEPN 534P , MEPN 535 , MEPN 547 , MEPN 547P , MEPN 555 , MEPN 555L , MEPN 555P , MEPN 556 , MEPN 556P , MEPN 557 , MEPN 557P , MEPN 558 , MEPN 558P , MEPN 559 , MEPN 559P , MEPN 560 , MEPN 560P , MEPN 590 , MEPN 598

MEPN 521 | HEALTH ASSESSMENT

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 521L

Focuses on holistic and focused assessments of the health state of the adult patient within the community and hospital setting. Emphasizes development of culturally appropriate physical assessment skills and the ability to recognize deviations from normal. Includes both lecture and skills laboratory components.

MEPN 521L | HEALTH ASSESSMENT LAB

Core Attributes: Lab

Corequisites: MEPN 521

This is the lab component for Health Assessment MEPN 521 and must be taken concurrently.

MEPN 533 | CONCEPTUAL BASIS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE

Units: 2 Repeatability: No

Provides an overview of the nature of the professional nursing role and its conceptual bases. Examines the historical development of the profession; nursing leaders; and the various professional roles of the nurse. Emphasizes theory-based and evidence-based nursing practice; the theoretical foundations in nursing and those imbedded in the graduate curriculum at USD; introduces APA format for scholarly papers.

MEPN 534 | FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 534P

Introduces basic nursing care concepts and skills necessary to work with the adult and older adult hospitalized patient with acute and chronic health problems. Introduces students to the normal and aberrant variations in physiological and pathophysiological health states of adults and older adults with or at risk for altered status in hygiene, mobility, nutrition, skin integrity and bowel and bladder elimination. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 534L | FUNDAMENTALS IN NURSING LAB

Units: 0 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 534, MEPN 534P

This is the lab portion of the Fundamentals course.

MEPN 534P | FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING PRACTICUM

Units: 0 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 534, MEPN 534L

This is the practicum(hospital) portion of the Fundamentals course.

MEPN 535 | INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE

Units: 2 Repeatability: No

Provides an overview of the pharmacological concepts of pharmacotheraputics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, contraindications and precautions, adverse effects and drug interactions. The pharmacological concepts of each prototype drug from the following classifications will be included: neurological; cardiovascular; respiratory; gastrointestinal; genitourinary; endocrine and immune; anti-microbial; and antineoplastic. Emphasis will be placed on nursing management that minimizes risks and adverse effects and maximizes the therapeutic effects for patients receiving these medications.

MEPN 547 | CARE OF POPULATIONS

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 547P

Focuses on the health of the community and subgroups within the community. Applies nursing and public health concepts to promoting and restoring the health of population groups. Addresses nursing involvement in the legislative and regulatory processes as they affect health status and health care delivery. Examines selected community health problems and their implications for community health nursing practice.

MEPN 547P | CARE OF POPULATIONS PRACTICUM

Units: 0 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 547

This is the practicum portion of this course.

MEPN 555 | NURSING PRACTICE WITH ADULT AND OLDER ADULT PATIENTS WITH ACUTE AND CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS I

Units: 5 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MEPN 534 with a minimum grade of C- and MEPN 534L with a minimum grade of C- and MEPN 534P with a minimum grade of C-

Corequisites: MEPN 555P

Expands basic nursing care concepts and skills necessary for students to work with the acute and chronic health problems of adult and older adult patients specific to alterations in oxygenation, fluid/electrolyte status, cardiovascular and endocrine systems. Emphasis is on understanding and assessing the pathophysiologic alterations, risks for complications and sequelae and the interventions necessary to stabilize, restore and promote health. Students will identify essential teaching and health restorative measures in the context of planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care for the patient and family. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is required to pass the course.

MEPN 555L | NURSE PRAC W/ADULT LAB

Units: 0 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 555, MEPN 555P

MEPN 555L is the lab component of MEPN 555.

MEPN 555P | NURSING PRACTICE WITH ADULTS AND OLDER ADULT PATIENTS WITH ACUTE AND CHRONIC HEALTH PROB I PRACTICUM

Units: 0 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 555

This is the practicum portion of Medical/Surgical I.

MEPN 556 | NURSING PRACTICE WITH ADULT AND OLDER ADULT PATIENTS WITH ACUTE AND CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS II

Units: 6 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 556P

Requires students to apply the nursing process for selected acute and chronic health conditions in adults and older clients. It further develops the generalist nurse’s role in the care of adult and older adult patients with pathophysiologic disruptions across systems. Emphasis is placed on new content such as pathophysiological alterations in the neurological, musculoskeletal and respiratory systems; and long-term care elements specific to cancer, hospice and rehabilitation. Assists students to refine their knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate care related to patient needs, to restore health and prevent complications. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 556P | NURSING PRACTICE WITH ADULT AND OLDER ADULT PATIENTS WITH ACUTE AND CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS II PRACT

Units: 0 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 556

This course expects students to apply the nursing process for selected acute and chronic health conditions in adults and older clients. It further develops the generalist nurse’s role in the care of adult and older adult patients with pathophysiological disruptions across all systems. Emphasis is placed on new content such as pathophysiological alterations in the gastro-intestinal, renal, neurological, dermatological, musculoskeletal, immune, and female and male reproductive systems; as well as evidence-based practice, ethics, critical thinking, and end of life care. The course expects students to refine their knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate patient needs, from the context of health restoration and prevention of complications and further exacerbations of the pathophysiological disruptions. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 557 | NURSING PRACTICE WITH PSYCH-MENTAL HEALTH CLIENTS

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 557P

Provides a general overview of clients with mental health problems. Focuses on conceptual models of psychiatric nursing management and treatment modalities. Concepts related to neuropathology, polypharmacy and psychopharmacology and their effect on the mental health of patients are introduced. Specific contexts of psychiatric nursing care are addressed. The goals of the therapeutic nurse-client relationship are also explored. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 557P | NURSING PRACTICE WITH PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH CLIENTS PRACTICUM

Units: 0 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 557

This course provides a general overview of clients experiencing mental health problems in the acute care setting. This course focuses on conceptual models of psychiatric nursing management and treatment modalities. Concepts related to neuropathology, poly-pharmacy and psychopharmacology, and their effect on the mental health of patients are introduced. Specific contexts of psychiatric nursing care are addressed. The dimensions and goals of the therapeutic nurse-client relationship are also explored. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher are necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 558 | NURSING PRACTICE WITH MOTHERS AND INFANTS

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 558P

Provides a general overview of family, prenatal, antenatal and post-natal health in addressing the health care needs of the childbearing family with a focus on health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention. Emphasizes primary care as the major dimension of health care; however, students are expected to address secondary and tertiary prevention needs as appropriate. Focuses on family care and education for health. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 558P | NURSING PRACTICE WITH MOTHERS AND INFANTS PRACTICUM

Units: 0 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 558

This is the practicum (hospital) portion of Obstetrics course.

MEPN 559 | NURSING PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN WITH ACUTE AND CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 559P

Provides a general overview of the health care needs of children and adolescents with a focus on health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention. Pathophysiological disruptions in health across all systems, the unique presentation of these alterations and the acute and chronic health problems specific to this population are presented. Identifying genetic, environmental, developmental and life-style behaviors contributing to acute and chronic health problems are discussed. Focuses on family care and appropriate education for health and optimizing growth and development. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 559P | NURSING PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN WITH ACUTE AND CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS PRACTICUM

Units: 0 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 559

This is the practicum portion (hospital) of the Pediatrics course.

MEPN 560 | ADVANCED GENERALIST NURSING INTERNSHIP

Units: 5 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 560P

Focuses on integration of learning from all other courses to develop and execute the advanced generalist nursing role when providing holistic care to patients with complex or critical care level health problems and their families in such clinical specialty areas as pediatrics, high risk OB, crisis psych-mental health and adult medical-surgical units. Emphasizes care of complex patients, identifying rapid response clinical situations by differentiating emergent, urgent and non-emergent clinical states, developing, implementing and evaluating evidenced-based nursing interventions to assist in a patient’s participation in their recovery, prevention of complications and sequelae, reduction of risks and management/stabilization of acute and chronic conditions. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 560P | ADVANCED GENERALIST NURSING INTERNSHIP PRACTICUM

Units: 0 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: MEPN 560

Focuses on integration of learning from all other courses to develop and execute the advanced generalist nursing role when providing holistic care to patients with complex or critical care level health problems and their families. Emphasizes care of complex patients, identifying rapid response clinical situations by differentiating emergent, urgent, and non-emergent clinical states; developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based nursing interventions to assist in a patient’s participation in their recovery, prevention of complications and sequelae, reduction of risks, and management/stabilization of acute and chronic conditions. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 590 | ESSENTIALS OF CRITICAL CARE NURSING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Focuses on the concepts and frameworks that impact and support critical care nursing of the adult patient. Explores the pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and collaborative management of disorders commonly seen in critically ill patients. Emphasizes evidence-based therapeutic interventions to manage complex patient problems and prevent complications.

MEPN 598 | NURSING EXTERNSHIP

Units: 1 Repeatability: No

Applies nursing theory, process and clinical skills in an RN-precepted position within a health care agency. The agency and USD have a clinical agreement allowing students to work with geriatric, adult and/or pediatric patients and families. The purpose of this experience is to enable students to become more proficient in patient care activities while at the same time providing a needed community service. Students apply previously acquired nursing theory and skills in assigned patient care; no new nursing skills will be taught in this externship experience. Seminars are held by the School of Nursing Faculty to assess clinical progress of students and discuss clinical experiences, issues, and application of theory.