School of Nursing

NURS 625—Introduction to Gerontological Nursing (3)
Provides the opportunity to systematically explore concepts relative to successful aging. Emphasis is placed on the normal rather than the pathological psychosocial changes associated with aging. Factors that affect the delivery of health services and gerontological nursing care are critically discussed. The appropriateness of research findings for clinical practice is analyzed. Nursing strategies aimed at health promotion and successful aging are developed.

NURS 698 Conflict Resolution (3 credits) that is offered between the Schools of Law, Nursing and Medicine
This course will allow a multidisciplinary group of students to examine the theories of conflict resolution, sources of conflict in health care, their personal orientation to conflict and styles of conflict resolution, and various methods of resolving conflicts in health care settings.  Specific types of conflicts to be examined include professional/patient/staff relationships as well as to institutional conflicts.  In addition, students will have opportunities, through simulations, to practice and develop new ways of conflict resolution.  The course will include a multidisciplinary faculty from the schools of law, medicine, nursing, and social work. 

NURS 418 (Undergraduate) and NURS 628 (Graduate) Geriatric Imperative Minimester
The Geriatric Imperative Minimester is a one week long course offered during the Winter semester each year.  The course provides students with an a series of lectures, panel discussions, and case presentations on multiple topics related to the health and well being of the older adult. The topics include:  the comprehensive geriatric assessment, falls prevention, mental health issues, oral health, dementia through the eyes of the family caregiver, health promotion, the senior center experience and community services.  A field trip to a geriatric health facility is scheduled during the week long course.
Students from the Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy and Dentistry currently enroll in the course.

Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions

The University of Maryland School of Nursing offers a sequence of three courses designed specifically to prepare nurses and health care providers who have or seek graduate degrees with essential knowledge and competence to function in teaching roles. The course sequence may be taken as a complementary area by MS or PhD students or as a post-master’s certificate by those holding either a master’s or doctoral degree.

The three courses in the sequence total 9 credits with the first offered in the Spring semester. The second and third courses are offered in the Summer and Fall semesters. Each student enrolled in the Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions certificate program completes a teaching practicum in the final semester.

Students will acquire essential knowledge and skills in teaching to work effectively with student, patient, and/or consumer learners in academic, clinical, and/or professional settings. Successful completion of all three courses is required for awarding of the certificate.

NURS787 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Nursing and Health Professions (2)
NURS787 provides a foundation in theory and application of essential knowledge for education in a variety of settings. Content includes the teaching/learning process, the learning environment, organizational standards, theories of learning, and organization of teaching and learning.

NURS 791  Instructional Strategies and Assessment of Learning in Nursing and Health Professions (4)
NURS791 prepares the student to select instructional strategies appropriate to various learning styles of adults and the content to be taught on the basis of application of knowledge of the behavioral and physiological processes of learning. The course includes both didactic and experiential micro-teaching experiences and provides a strong linkage to techniques for evaluating the impact of various instructional strategies. Assessment of learner outcomes using these various strategies will be grounded in the theory and practice of educational measurement as applied in diverse settings. Content includes basic measurement principles of reliability and validity, test construction and interpretation, and competency assessment.
NURS792 Practicum in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions (3)
NURS792 utilizes theoretical knowledge and skills acquired in pre-requisite courses in precepted teaching experiences. Individual aspects of the practicum will be negotiated between the student and faculty in a learning contract. Synthesis of aspects of role development activities in this course as well as course/program evaluation will be accomplished in a regularly scheduled seminar. 

Dual Degree Programs
MS/MBA program -The Nursing and Business Administration specialty is offered through the University of Maryland School of Nursing's Department of Education, Administration, Health Policy, and Informatics and the University of Baltimore's Robert G. Merrick School of Business, the School of Business at Frostburg State University and the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park. The M.S./M.B.A. program prepares administrators with a unique blend of advanced nursing and business management expertise who are able to analyze, plan, implement, and evaluate innovative health care delivery systems. The program of study synthesizes professional knowledge and ethical considerations to enhance patient services in the health care marketplace. Graduates are prepared for senior management level decision-making on financial, strategic planning, resource management and governance issues.

The MS/MBA program involves 66 credits of required course work and can be completed in two years of rigorous full-time, year-round study. Part-Time study over a maximum of seven years is also possible. Graduates are awarded both an MS from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the School of Business where degree requirements are completed.

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