Nursing M.S.

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Nursing M.S.

Program Overview

Clinical Nurse Leader Track

Students graduate as an advanced generalist as a clinical nurse leader (CNL) with a master of science degree. Graduates are eligible to sit for the clinical nurse leader national certification examination. The CNL is a role in the field of nursing designed to provide master's­-prepared, point-of-care nurse leaders with the ability to manage and solve complex patient problems within a systems framework.

Evidence-Based Nursing Track

The evidence-based nursing track focuses on developing advanced generalist nursing practice in a focused area of study, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, fostering life-long learning, and preparing students for the leading edge of health care knowledge and delivery. Students strengthen knowledge and skills in clinical decision making, the application of nursing interventions, and their ability to critique and appropriately use evidence as a foundation for practice. In this graduate track, students study nursing as an applied discipline, advancing their knowledge of theoretical perspectives for clinical practice, with an emphasis on leadership; the cultural, social, and political context of health and illness; and quality improvement methodologies. Students are mentored in the enactment of leadership strategies to improve quality care in nursing practice through an intensive clinical practicum.

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

This program prepares family nurse practitioners (FNPs) with specialized knowledge and clinical competency to practice as licensed independent practitioners across the life span. FNPs practice in ambulatory and long-term care as primary providers to individuals, families, and groups. The UNH program prepares these advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to diagnose and manage acute episodic and chronic illnesses across the life span and simple-to-complex continuum. Health promotion, disease prevention, teaching, counseling, and coaching are emphasized. At the completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for national certification as a family nurse practitioner. Students are also prepared to enter doctoral study. Upon licensure, FNPs may practice autonomously as well as in collaboration with other health professionals.

Contact

Department of Nursing
Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-2271
Email: nursing.department@unh.edu

Curriculum & Requirements

Clinical Nurse Leader Track

Degree Requirements

NURS 901Health Policy3
NURS 902Advanced Physical Assessment2
NURS 908Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 925Health Care Systems and Leadership3
NURS 952Clinical Nursing Leadership I2
NURS 952CClinical Nursing Leadership Clinical6
NURS 953Promoting Quality Management3
NURS 958Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone6
NURS 963Advanced Clinical Epidemiology3
NURS 968Nursing Science and Evidence Based Practice3
Total Credits34

Evidence-Based Nursing Track

Degree Requirements

NURS 901Health Policy3
NURS 908Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 909Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning3
NURS 925Health Care Systems and Leadership3
NURS 944Population Health Promotion and Risk Reduction3
NURS 953Promoting Quality Management3
NURS 955Practicum in Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 956Capstone Project Seminar3
NURS 963Advanced Clinical Epidemiology3
NURS 968Nursing Science and Evidence Based Practice3
Total Credits30

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Degree Requirements

NURS 810Families in Health and Illness3
NURS 901Health Policy3
NURS 907Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 908Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 909Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning3
NURS 925Health Care Systems and Leadership3
NURS 935Primary Care of Families I3
NURS 936Practicum in the Primary Care Families I3
NURS 937Primary Care of Families II3
NURS 938Practicum in the Primary Care of Families II3
NURS 939Seminar and Practicum in the Primary Care of Families III6
NURS 944Population Health Promotion and Risk Reduction3
NURS 963Advanced Clinical Epidemiology3
NURS 968Nursing Science and Evidence Based Practice3
Total Credits45

Capstone Experience for All Master's and Post­-Master's Nursing Tracks

For clinical nurse leader (CNL), the capstone course, NURS 958 Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone, requires students to complete 200 clinical hours plus a scholarly project, which synthesizes advanced practice knowledge and skills to address substantive nursing practice issues. For evidenced-based nursing (EBN), the capstone course, NURS 956 Capstone Project Seminar, requires students to complete a scholarly project.

CNL and FNP students may elect to complete NURS 899 Master's Thesis (6 credits). EBN students may elect to complete a thesis and register for 6 credits of NURS 899 Master's Thesis as the capstone in place of NURS 956 Capstone Project Seminar. If a student opts to do a thesis, the student should discuss this option with a faculty adviser early in the program of study.

For family nurse practitioner (FNP and PM-FNP), the capstone course, NURS 939 Seminar and Practicum in the Primary Care of Families III, is the final integrated clinical practicum.

For post­-master's psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PM-PMHNP), the capstone course, NURS 985 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum II, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum II, is the final integrated clinical practicum.

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