Undergraduate Elective (NURS 418) Course Descriptions

NURS 418 Care Coordination: Theoretical Foundations and Applications

This course prepares students to develop an understanding of different dimensions of care coordination and introduce health informatics tools and knowledge to support care coordination. This course uses the definition of Care Coordination as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

NURS 418 Climate Change Evidence and Solutions
The course is an overview of climate change science and identification of roles and opportunities for nurses and other health and service professionals. We will review and present the most recent and important developments in climate change evidence, policy, and practice implications. The history and current trends of climate change related legislation and regulatory agencies in a global economy will be reviewed. Students will recognize the need for interdisciplinary teamwork in assessment, diagnosis and community-wide or population-based health promotion/disease prevention interventions via education, practice, policy, advocacy, and research. Prerequisities: NURS 316 or permission of the instructor. RN-BSN or RN-MS should contact the instructor for permission to take the course.

NURS 418 Complementary/Alternative Therapies and Holistic Health

This course provides an introduction and overview of the notions of holism and healing in health and nursing care and the use of complementary and alternative modalities (CAM). Students will explore theoretical perspectives of holistic health and healing and expand their understandings of the philosophical underpinnings of CAM that incorporate mind, body, spirit & holism in themselves and others. Students will learn the elements that comprise holistic philosophy and learn specific techniques that enhance their practice and study some of the major CAMs, including meditation, visualization, guided imagery, therapeutic massage, energy work/therapeutic touch/Reiki, chakra balancing, homeopathy/Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture/Qi Gong, Native American Healing, herbs, prayer, music and aroma therapy.

NURS 418: Drug Addiction, Society, and the Role of the Nurse

Health professionals encounter individuals with “substance use disorders” (SUDs) on a daily basis in all practice settings. All professionals must have a basic understanding of SUDs in order to care for these individuals in their particular practice settings. This course utilizes the National Curriculum Committee addictions competencies model that defines the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies needed for nurses to identify individuals with SUDs, assess their condition, intervene on their behalf, and/or refer them to treatment. Roles of other health professionals are also discussed.

NURS 418 End-of-Life Nursing Care

This course provides basic concepts related to interdisciplinary end-of-life care for older adults with serious, chronic, or life-threatening illness. The focus is placed on palliative care, symptom management, preparation for death, loss, grief and bereavement, and support to older adults and families. Emphasis is to develop a knowledge base of specific concepts and nursing management strategies to promote end-of-life care planning among older adults, families and healthcare professionals.

NURS 418: Environmental Health I

The course is an overview of environmental areas for study, emerging environmental issues, major environmental health hazards and identification of responsibilities for advanced practice nurses and other health professionals. The history of environmental health legislation and regulatory agencies will be reviewed. A framework for analyzing major environmental health issues will be used to explore how the environment can influence health. Recognition of the need for interdisciplinary teamwork in assessment, diagnosis and community-wide or population-based health promotion/disease prevention interventions will be identified.

NURS 418 Essentials and Practice in Global Health Nursing

This course will provide an overview of major issues affecting global population health and the role of nursing in global health. Students will examine the impact of various factors (socio-economic-political-other) on health and health systems in different geographic and cultural contexts—with attention to the implications of these relationships for nursing. The major aim for this course is a fundamental preparation for students interested in pursuing global health nursing.

NURS 418 Geriatric Imperative

The course presents a wide range of information on the health and well-being of older adults through clinical, research, and policy presentations. Course content will be conveyed through lectures, panel discussions, team and case presentations, role play, videotapes, and site visits. This course provides an opportunity for students to obtain an understanding of aging-related issues that impact health using a multidisciplinary perspective. The course will expand students’ knowledge relative to the unique needs of older adults through a discussion of current research, clinical, and biological theories of aging and aging-related issues

NURS 418 Global Health Field Experience (Requires Travel)

              1 credit = 15 hours of didactic work

              2 credits = 90 hours of project contact hours (2 credits of clinical fee apply)

**Students registering for this course should anticipate additional costs for international travel fees that are not covered by tuition.**

Students will be introduced to the WHO Social Determinants of Health framework and scientific literature on cultural differences in health and illness. Students will review the application of core global health concepts in both international and domestic settings. Students will begin preparing for a global health immersion experience and interact with faculty/project leaders, key stakeholders, and global health organizations of interest.

Course participants will spend 2‐4 weeks working collaboratively in a public health, social service, or clinical setting in a low‐middle income country (LMIC) or placed within a U.S. based program/institution participating in initiatives supporting underserved populations in a resource limited environment. Students will undertake service learning activities under the supervision of a UMB faculty member(s). The field project will involve students in the process of self‐reflection concerning their own global health practice as well as an evaluation of the field experience. Students will work closely with faculty supervisor/advisor(s) and local/organizational mentor to carry out the program scope of work and reflection.

Global health placements (and/or internships) will be made based on the interests of the student and possible options for practice and research within available international or domestic settings. Preference will be given to supervised, interprofessional group placements with host organizations, though in specific instances individual‐based field experiences may also be permitted upon pre‐approval of the course master.

NURS 418 Health Behaviors

This course provides the student with an opportunity to study and apply the principles of health promotion. Emphasis is placed on examining the relationship between health psychology, behavior and health outcomes, and strategies for assisting clients through the process of behavior change.

Nursing 418 Health, Health Care, and Culture

Interdisciplinary concepts, theories and methodologies from Transcultural nursing, sociology and medical anthropology are used to provide a theoretical and conceptual basis for the provision of health services to culturally diverse individuals, families and communities. The course focus is on the exploration of cultural variations among the values and beliefs held by both health care worker and recipients of care, and issues that address cultural competence as related to the delivery of care in a multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multicultural society. Students engage in a range of learning experiences, including, seminar discussion, fieldwork assignment, oral presentations, readings, simulation experiences, individual and group exercises, and self-directed activities that foster experiential learning. 

NURS 418 Interprofessional Approach to the Critically Ill Patient

This interprofessional course provides in-depth exposure to and experience with aspects of care for the critically ill patient by utilizing simulation and case-based learning while working within and maximizing strengths of an inter-professional team. The course fosters enhanced assessment and prioritization of issues related to critically ill patients, as well as communication and application of clinical knowledge and skills across the disciplines. Furthermore, this course prepares students interested in acutely ill patients to recognize, categorize causes of, and recommend appropriate treatment and intervention for sudden deterioration. Students will also have the opportunity to enhance their understanding through assigned readings, exposure to acute care equipment and instrumentation building upon prior course work in pathopharmacology, medical surgical content, critical thinking and reasoning, prioritization, and time management skills facilitating exploration into interprofessional collaborative practice.

NURS 418 Intro Clinic/Translat Res 3CR

This course provides nursing students with an opportunity to learn about nursing research and gain an understanding of typical skills, abilities, activities and challenges of academic researchers. After completing appropriate human subjects training, students will be paired with a faculty researcher for a mentored research experience related to clinical or translational studies. Students will learn about the research study and assist the researcher in selected activities designed to further the work of study. Consistent with the student’s interest and faculty area of research, students are expected to attend UMSON and campus research presentations and apply knowledge gained to assigned coursework.

NURS 418 Introduction to Cardiovascular Critical Care Nursing

This course is designed to introduce baccalaureate nursing students to the application of the nursing process for clients in medical, surgical and coronary intensive care units. Topics fundamental to the provision of client-centered nursing care in the cardiac critical care environment will be covered. Lectures, discussion, and demonstrations will be used to address topics relevant to beginning critical care nursing practice. Prerequisites: Current RN license (RN-BSN students) OR N327 Medical Surgical Nursing Adult. RN-BSN and RN-MS/MSN, please contact the registration office (410-706-2799) at the start of registration for an override.

NURS 418 Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research

This course provides nursing students with an opportunity to learn about nursing research and gain an understanding of typical skills, abilities, activities and challenges of academic researchers. After completing appropriate human subjects training, students will be paired with a researcher for a mentored research experience related to clinical or translational studies. Students will assist the research mentor in selected activities designed to further a research project while providing a research experience.  Students are expected to attend UMSON and campus research presentations in their area of interest and apply the knowledge gained to the assigned coursework.

NURS 418 Introduction to Emergency and Trauma Nursing

This course is designed to introduce baccalaureate nursing students to the application of the nursing process for clients in pre-hospital situations, emergency rooms and trauma resuscitation units. Topics fundamental to the provision of client-centered nursing care in those types of units is the focus of this course. Lectures, discussion, and demonstrations will be used to address topics relevant to beginning emergency/trauma nursing practice. Prerequisites: Current RN license (RN-BSN students) OR N327 Medical Surgical Nursing Adult. RN-BSN and RN-MS/MSN, please contact the registration office (410-706-2799) at the start of registration for an override.

NURS 418 Introductory Spanish for Health Care Professionals
Students will develop basic Spanish language conversation skills for the health care setting in this small group seminar. This course will emphasize pronunciation, oral comprehension, and vocabulary for patient interviews, health education, and terminology used in clinical settings. Students will participate in seminars, small group work, case scenarios, and active practice of Spanish conversations. Students will also examine cultural considerations for the Hispanic population and integrate these elements into their developing vocabulary. Prerequisite: Fluency in Spanish required. Previous courses in Spanish: school (high school or college) strongly recommended.

NURS 418 Issues in Rural Health

This course provides students with an introduction to rural health care and its implications for nursing practice across the health care continuum. Students will explore the epidemiological and health system delivery characteristics that distinguish rural health care as a unique setting for nursing and health care services. Site visits and examples from rural health care programs across Maryland will be offered and will allow students to integrate class discussions, case studies and course content into real life rural health care settings.

NURS 418 Motivational Interviewing

This simulation-based online course provides an introduction to Motivational Interviewing (MI) as an evidenced-based approach/philosophy and framework to support health behavior change. The course prepares students to use MI as a client-centered communication style to create a partnership with culturally diverse patients/populations with a variety of health related issues in various settings. Students engage in participatory practice exercises/learning experiences that they can integrate into daily patient encounters/interactions. This course provides an introduction to the Transtheoretical Model (Stages of Change) and an overview of the MI’s guiding principles, processes, skills and communication strategies as well as the spirit of MI which reflects the attitudes and attributes needed for optimal effectiveness.

NURS 418 Pain Management

This course addresses current issues and concepts related to pain assessment and management drawing on theoretical and research literature. Given the multidimensional nature of pain, this course includes the physiological, sensory, affective, and motivational dimensions of pain. 

NURS 418 Pediatrics

The purpose of this course is to explore current trends in pediatric health care, considering economical, sociological, psychological, cultural, political and environmental impacts. The course will provide a critical view of child health and the care of children from a family, community and national perspective. Selected behaviors and theories relevant to primary pediatric health care will be discussed and effective communication and assessment strategies to promote emotional, cognitive and physical health of infants and children will be emphasized. Wellness trends such as breastfeeding, immunization issues and environmental health will be presented along with the challenges of providing nursing care for the low birth weight infant, children with complex health care needs and mental health disorders will be included. Application of nursing leadership skills, navigating health policy and advocacy methods will be presented. 

NURS 418 Perioperative Nursing

This course provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the perioperative nurse using the philosophy of the Association of  perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) as a unifying framework. This collaborative relationship with members of the health care team is explored. Students will have the opportunity to observe and practice skills and competencies specific to the roles of the perioperative nurse (virtual simulations during COVID-19 pandemic).

NURS 418 Policy, Politics, and Advocacy: Making Your Voice Heard

This course provides an overview of how health professionals can influence health policy and the competencies needed to be effective. A seminar format allows students to test their own views about current policy issues. Guest speakers from public and private sector agencies in which nurses are engaged in various types of policy roles provides a springboard for students to envision how they might integrate policy into their own career trajectories. Extensive feedback is provided on policy writing skills, and one’s successful socialization to a policy role. Class sessions with nurses and others in key policy roles allow students to identify and evaluate a variety of policy leadership styles and strategies for success in public policy arenas. Additionally, students are introduced to health services research and are encouraged to utilize areas of current research to answer perplexing policy problems and build sound rationales for solutions.

NURS 418 Processes of Aging: Implications for Nursing Care

This course provides an in-depth analysis of specific concepts related to alterations in health of the older adult, especially the frail older adult. The focus is placed on research-based interventions to guide practice to assist older adults to cope with chronic alterations in health. Emphasis is to improving quality of care for the most frail and disabled older adults across the continuum of long term care. 

Nursing 418 Sleep, Sleep Disorders, and the Role of the Nurse

Sleep is essential for good health. Nurses in all practice areas encounter patients with sleep problems, and are in a prime position to assist individuals and families to improve their sleep. This online elective course provides the nurse with information about normal sleep and its functions and the basics of sleep disorders and treatment. It helps the nurse to understand how to intervene to improve sleep in a variety of roles and settings. It also promotes self-observation to improve nurses’ health.

NURS 418 Stress Relief via Mindfulness Interventions

Core course components include an overview of the evolution of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programs, a critical appraisal of the state of the science in their implementation and evaluation in clinical, community and research contexts, and an opportunity to create and critique plans for implementing and evaluating MBSR programs for a variety of target populations taking into account the state of the science. Prerequisites: NURS 320: Science and Research for Nursing Practice, NURS 316: Research and Evidenced-Based Practice, or NURS 452: Nursing Research and Evidence Based Care for the Registered Nurse. Co-requisites: none. 

NURS 418 Violence as a Public Health Threat

Violence is a significant public health problem in the United States and globally. From infants to the elderly, it affects people in all stages of life. The impact of violence extends well beyond the individual victim and erodes families, schools and communities. Health professionals have an important role in preventing morbidity and mortality and societal costs associated with violence. By examining violence in its various forms, from a public health perspective, emphasizing factors that contribute to interpersonal violence, policy issues relevant to violence, and approaches to violence prevention and their effectiveness, this course will prepare students to develop knowledge and skills to reduce the burden of violence in our society.