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Graduate Studies Courses of Instruction Nursing


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The * next to a course number (eg. NURS - 811*) denotes a half-course (3.0 credit units). Students whose research is closely linked to other disciplines, such as basic, behavioural, or social sciences, may be advised or may wish to complement core nursing courses with courses in the relevant discipline.
NURS-800* Intermediate Statistics and Analysis
Statistical concepts build upon probability and statistical analysis concepts gained in undergraduate statistic courses. Introduction to hands-on data analysis and computation methods commonly used in nursing inquiry. Focus is on both descriptive and inferential statistics, with an emphasis on appropriate statistical selection, interpretation and reporting of analyses. (3.0 credit units).
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NURS-801* Topics in Nursing Research
A course for all graduate students focussing on issues in the conduct of research. The course includes presentations by visiting scientists, faculty, and current students as well as lectures and discussions. Assessment will be based on satisfactory completion of course requirements (Pass/Fail). (3 credit units.)
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NURS-802* Qualitative Methodology & Methods
An overview of qualitative methodology and methods frequently used in nursing and health care research is provided. Topics include, but are not limited to, action research, ethnography, grounded theory, hermeneutics, and phenomenology. Methods include focus groups, interviews, and participatory observation. Opportunities may exist for interviewing, participatory observation, and data analysis. 3 hour lecture/seminar. Winter term.
EXCLUSION: RHBS-832*
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NURS-803* Intermediate Quantitative Research Design
Course builds upon concepts gained in undergraduate research design courses. Focus is on the critical evaluation of research evidence through the exploration and application of quantitative research methods. Emphasis on the appropriate selection of research design elements for nursing inquiry and development of a research proposal.(3.0 credit units).
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NURS-805* Nursing, Health Services and Public Policy in Canada
This term length term course addresses concepts in the policy process, policy development, policy analysis and policy implementation as they relate to nursing in Canadian health care. Discussion will focus on contemporary issues in nursing and health care with an examination of the political process, research-policy linkages, the role of the organized professions, the bureaucracy, politicians, the media and health care organizations.  Winter term. Offered jointly with NURS-905*.
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NURS-811* Theoretical Bases of Nursing Research
This course focuses on the development of knowledge within the discipline of nursing with emphasis on historical and philosophical perspectives influencing nursing science. It includes a survey and critique of contemporary theories, models and frameworks used in conducting research with women and children as well as individuals experiencing, or at risk of, a chronic condition. Fall term, 3 hours/week.
PREREQUISITE: Undergraduate course in nursing theories or permission of the instructor.
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NURS-822* Nursing Research in Women's and Children's Health Issues
Advanced seminar on conduct and application of nursing research with women and children. Students critique theoretical and empirical validity of nursing assessment and intervention methods for health promotion, recovery and rehabilitation applications. Three term-hours; winter.  
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NURS-832* Nursing Research for Complex Chronic Health Conditions
The focus of this course will be on lifestyle modification for individuals and families experiencing complex chronic health conditions. Students will examine the effects of selected lifestyle changes on physiological adaptation and psychological outcomes. (3 credit units)
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NURS-833* Nursing Research for Persons at Risk for Mental Health Conditions
Topics related to persons at risk or experiencing chronic mental health conditions. Focus is on examining theoretical and research bases of selected mental health concepts relating to nursing assessments and outcome measurement. Specific topics will reflect students' interests. (3 credit units)
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NURS-850* Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners
To examine the concepts of pathophysiology which guide the practice of advanced nursing practice. To study pathophysiological changes in individuals in a primary health care setting by taking into account their age, acuity, chronicity, and evolution of the conditions. Term length delivered over two terms. 3 hours/week; Fall and Winter terms.
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NURS-853* PHCNP Roles and Responsibilities
Compare and contrast advanced practice nursing and related frameworks to develop, integrate, sustain, and evaluate the role of the nurse practitioner within primary health care. Critically analyze and develop strategies to implement advanced practice nursing competencies with a focus on the community. Term length delivered over two terms. 3 hours per week. Fall/Winter term.
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NURS-854 Integrative Practicum
Synthesize the competencies essential to advanced nursing practice to provide primary health care for clients across the life span. Demonstrate autonomy, decision-making, and critical analysis of organizational and system issues that influence scope of practice, professional accountability, and outcomes.  Total Course Hours: 455, Seminar: 6 hours every two weeks for a total of 36 seminar hours, Clinical 35 hrs/week for 13 weeks for a total of 419 hours. This is a 12 credit course, to be completed in one term, normally Summer term.  PREREQUISITE: All NP courses
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NURS-856* Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I
Analyze and critique concepts and frameworks essential to advanced health assessment and diagnosis using clinical reasoning skills. Apply clinical, theoretical and research knowledge in comprehensive and focused health assessment for the individual client’s diagnostic plan of care. 3 hours per week, Clinical – 6 hours per week. Fall term. PRE or CO REQUISITE: Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners
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NURS-857* Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II
Integrate knowledge and apply conceptual frameworks integral to advanced health assessment and diagnosis in advanced nursing practice. Demonstrate initiative, responsibility, and accountability in complex decision making for individuals, groups, and/or families within the nurse practitioner scope of practice based on current research findings.  3 hours per week, Clinical – 6 hours per week. Winter term. PREREQUISITE: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I
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NURS-858* Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I
Critically appraise and interpret concepts and frameworks integral to pharmacotherapy, advanced counselling, and complementary therapies for common conditions across the lifespan. Develop, initiate, manage, and evaluate therapeutic plans of care that incorporate client values and acceptability, goals of therapy, analysis of different approaches, pharmacotherapeutic principles. 3 hours per week, Clinical 6 hours per week. Fall term. PRE or CO REQUISITE: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I
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NURS-859* Therapeutics in Primary Health Care II
Integrate conceptual frameworks and evidence underlying the study of pharmacotherapy, advanced counselling, and complementary therapies for complex client situations. Demonstrate substantive initiative, responsibility, and accountability in complex decision making.  3 hours per week, Clinical 6 hours per week. Winter term. PREREQUISITE: Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I
COREQUISITE: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II.
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NURS-862* Health Care Management Systems
This purpose of this course is to critically examine some of the theoretical and methodological issues affecting research on health management innovations. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the implications of research for health care outcomes. Three term hours; winter.
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NURS-892* Independent Study
A study under the guidance of a graduate faculty member in a nursing subject not in existing courses. Normally it takes the form of a closely supervised reading and/or practicum in an area of the instructor's expertise with appropriate means of evaluation. Must not directly overlap thesis work. PREREQUISITE: Permission of the instructor and course outline approval of Graduate Program Committee.
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NURS-898 Project in Evidence Based Practice
The focus of this course is on the scholarship of integration. Students will develop research skills to rigorously search for evidence on a clearly defined, clinical question related to the practice of primary health care nurse practitioners, methods for the critical appraisal of the evidence retrieved and skills in integrating the existing evidence in order to determine best practices. Theory and frameworks relevant to evidence-based practice and the science of synthesis will be covered. The course will involve discussion and seminar presentations, and will culminate in a final integrative study research paper on the student's practice topic. Seminars and Independent Study over two terms. PASS/FAIL. PRE- or COREQUISITES: NURS-800, NURS-811*.
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NURS-899 Master's Thesis Research
A research endeavour conducted under the guidance of a thesis supervisor. The thesis will be completed and the student examined in accordance with the regulations of the School of Graduate Studies .
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NURS-900* Advanced Statistics and Analytic Techniques  
This course builds on intermediate statistical skills and understanding. Emphasis is placed on links between research design and statistical analysis. Hands on computational analysis and advanced statistical methods commonly used in nursing inquiry will be explored. Topics include application and interpretation of common bivariate and multivariable analytic and modeling techniques. (3.0 credit units).
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NURS-901* Philosophy of Nursing Science
The course examines the major philosophical traditions that have influenced the generation of nursing knowledge through empirical, interpretive and critical paradigms. It includes a critical analysis of world views, truth, theoretical perspectives, theories, and constructs within the discipline, with an emphasis on relationships between philosophy, theory, research and practice in the generation of nursing knowledge. Fall term.
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NURS-902* Qualitative Research Methods in Health Sciences
This course prepares students to evaluate and undertake health science research using qualitative approaches. Topics addressed include the historical and philosophical foundations of qualitative research, research design, and data collection, analysis and interpretation. Winter term.
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NURS-903* Advanced Quantitative Measurement, Methods and Design
This course prepares nurse scientists to advance nursing knowledge through independent research using quantitative methods. It focuses on conceptualizing research, measurement, design, sampling and reliability of measures. Emphasis is placed on the appropriateness of design for the level of theoretical knowledge available and the nature of the research problem to be investigated. (3.0 credit units).
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NURS-905* Nursing, Health Services and Public Policy in Canada
This term length term course addresses concepts in the policy process, policy development, policy analysis and policy implementation as they relate to nursing in Canadian health care. Discussion will focus on contemporary issues in nursing and health care with an examination of the political process, research-policy linkages, the role of the organized professions, the bureaucracy, politicians, the media and health care organizations. Offered jointly with NURS-805*. Winter term.
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NURS-906* Thesis Seminar Course
A required doctoral course for all PhD students. Topics will be selected to support students in completion of the doctoral degree.Discussions will include students’ research studies; elements of data collection and analysis; contemporary nursing issues in health services and policy; and the role of nursing leaders in Canada. Students are required to be registered in the course in the second year of the program. The course will include seminars, presentations from visiting scholars with sessions held every other week throughout the year.
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NURS-907* Independent Study
A study under the guidance of a graduate faculty member on a nursing topic not offered in existing courses. Normally it takes the form of a closely supervised reading course in the area of the instructor's expertise with appropriate means of evaluation. Must not directly overlap thesis work.
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NURS 999 Ph.D. Thesis Research
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Courses for the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality (M.Sc.)[H.Q.])
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HQRS-840* (3 cr) Introduction to Quality, Risk and Safety 
The course provides a comprehensive introduction of the historical, current and future state of quality, risk and safety. The developments of quality and safety research will be examined via the exploration of system enhancement, theoretical frameworks and tools for measuring system improvements.
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HQRS-841* (3 cr) Process Improvement in Health Care
This course offers the student a solid foundation in the current methods of process improvement in healthcare settings by incorporating best practices for process definition, value stream mapping and performance measurement in the course. Root cause analysis, hypothesis testing methods, and design of experiments (DOE) and other related analytical methods will be taught using relevant examples from different healthcare settings.
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HQRS-842* (3 cr) Research and Evaluation Methods to Assess Quality, Risk and Safety
The course prepares students to advance safety science knowledge through independent research using quantitative and qualitative methods, including topics in safety/quality/risk research and evaluation design, data management, measurement and analysis techniques. Students are expected to generate a research proposal suitable for their culminating project.
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HQRS-843*(3 cr) International Perspectives on Quality, Risk  & Safety
This one-week intensive elective course in the U.K. provides a comparative analysis of issues and advances in healthcare quality, risk and safety in various countries and health care systems. Critical analysis of varying structural and procedural factors affecting healthcare outcomes will be the focus of the course. This course will be graded on a PASS/FAIL basis.
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HQRS-844* (3 cr) Law, Risk and Healthcare
The intersection of areas of law, risk, and healthcare that create specific and unique complexities for a variety of professionals is explored in this course. Topics include accident law, civil litigation, insurance and risk management; the course concentrates on the intersections of these areas to synthesize both a coherent system of redress and a risk and safety conscious system for organizing social behaviour.
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HQRS-845*(3 cr) Organizational Behaviour in Healthcare
This course introduces students to fundamental organizational behaviour concepts and theories and their use in healthcare settings. Behavioural and organizational dynamics within and beyond organizational boundaries are explored and analyzed. Fundamentals and skills to analyze, manage and change organizational dynamics in healthcare services are addressed.
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HQRS-846*(3 cr) Human Factors in Healthcare 
Human Factors as a discipline researches and provides information about human behavior, abilities, limitations, and relationship to the work environment (physical, organizational, cultural), and applies it to the design of safer and more effective tools, machines, systems, tasks, jobs, and environments. This course will cover the main human factors (e.g., perception, stress, workload, fatigue, etc.) that play a role in various healthcare contexts and can have a critical impact of the outcomes (e.g., care success, patient safety, job satisfaction, etc..)
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HQRS-847*(3 cr) Public Policy, Politics, and Quality Healthcare
The course examines concepts in the policy process, including policy development, analysis and implementation, as they relate to quality in health care both on a national and international level. Discussion will focus on contemporary issues of quality in health care with an examination of the political process, research-policy linkages, the role of the organized professions, the bureaucracy, politicians, the media and health care organizations.
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HQRS-898*(3 cr) Project in Healthcare Quality
The focus of this course is on the scholarship of integration, implementation, and application. Students will develop research skills to rigorously search for evidence on a clearly defined question, conduct a project, and present findings orally and in a major paper. The course will be guided by a faculty member at Queen’s University and or a mentor based in practice. Students will identify their project by the end of the first year so that if ethical and administrative approvals are required there will be plenty of time to complete the project by the end of the program.
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