School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Nursing

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
This course introduces students to hands-on data analysis and computational methods that are commonly used in nursing inquiry and research. The course focuses on both descriptive and inferential statistical techniques, with emphasis on selecting an appropriate statistical approach to hypothesis testing, data analysis techniques, interpretation and appraisal of statistical analyses results. Winter term.

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). Not offered 2017-18.

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 phenomenology, and narrative. Opportunities may exist for developing research questions, techniques for data collection, data analysis and dissemination. Fall term.

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. Winter term.

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*.

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 assumptions and paradigms influencing nursing science. Students will discuss and debate the assumptions and perspectives in nursing practice and research toward establishing a conceptual base for other graduate courses. Fall term.

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. Not offered 2017-18.

NURS-832*     Nursing Research for Complex Chronic Health Conditions     
The focus of this course is on individuals and families experiencing complex chronic health conditions. Students will examine the characteristics and effects of chronic disease prevention and management strategies on health outcomes in patients and families, with a specific focus on the contribution of Nursing within these strategies. Not offered 2017-18.

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. Not offered 2017-18.

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. Fall and Winter terms.

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.  Fall and Winter terms.

NURS-854     Integrative Practicum     
Synthesize competencies essential to advanced nursing practice to provide primary health care for clients across the lifespan. Demonstrate autonomy and decision-making and critically analyze organizational and system issues that influence scope of practice, professional accountability and outcomes. Seminar - 6 hours every 2 weeks, Clinical - 35 hours per week for 13 weeks(12 credits).
PRE-REQUISITES for students enrolled in the PHCNP Diploma program: NURS-850*, NURS-853*,NURS-856, NURS-857, NURS-858, NURS-859
PRE-REQUISITES for students enrolled in the MN(PHCNP) program: NURS-800*, NURS-802*, NURS-803*, NURS-811* NURS-850*, NURS-853*, NURS-856, NURS-857, NURS-858,NURS-859, NURS-898

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 assessments for the individual client’s diagnostic plan of care. Seminar - 3 hours per week, Clinical – 6 hours per week. (4.5 credits).
PRE- or COREQUISITE: NURS-850*

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. Seminar - 3 hours per week, Clinical – 6 hours per week. (4.5 credits)
PREREQUISITE: NURS-856; PRE- or COREQUISITE: NURS-850* Winter term.

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. Seminar - 3 hours per week, Clinical - 6 hours per week.(4.5 credits)
PRE- or COREQUISITE: NURS-850*, NURS-856

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. Seminar - 3 hours per week, Clinical - 6 hours per week. (4.5 credits) Winter term. PREREQUISITE: NURS-858.
PRE- OR COREQUISITE: NURS-850*, NURS-857

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. Winter term.

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.

NURS-898     Project in Evidence Based Practice     
The focus of this course is on the scholarship of integration. Students will develop the knowledge and ability: 1) to identify evidence on a specific question related to the practice of primary health care nurse practitioners; 2) to critically appraise and synthesize evidence; and, 3) to integrate evidence to inform practice. Includes seminars and independent study. (6.0 credits)
PREREQUISITES: NURS-800*, NURS-802*, NURS-803*, NURS-811*

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 .

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. Winter term.

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.

NURS-902*     Qualitative Research Methods in Health Sciences     
This course prepares students to evaluate and undertake health related research using qualitative approaches. Topics addressed include the historical and philosophical foundations of qualitative research, research design, data collection, analysis, interpretation and ethical concerns. Fall term.

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. Winter term.

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.

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. Fall and Winter terms.

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.

NURS-999     Ph.D. Thesis Research     

Courses for the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality (M.Sc.)[H.Q.])

HQRS-840* (3 cr)     Introduction to Quality, Risk and Safety
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.  

HQRS-841* (3 cr)     Process Improvement in Health Care
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

HQRS-842* (3 cr)     Research and Evaluation Methods to Assess Quality, Risk and Safety
Advance safety science knowledge through independent research using quantitative and qualitative methods, including topics in advanced research design, data management, and measurement and analysis techniques. Students are expected to generate a research proposal at the end of course.

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.

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.

HQRS-845*(3 cr)     Organizational Behaviour in Healthcare
Fundamental organizational behaviour concepts and theories and their use in healthcare settings are presented. 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.

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..)

HQRS-847*(3 cr)     Public Policy, Politics, and Quality Healthcare
The 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 are presented. Discussion will focus on contemporary issues of quality in health care with an examination of the political process, research-policy linkages, and the role of the organized professions, the bureaucracy, politicians, the media and health care organizations.

HQRS-898*(3 cr)     Project in Healthcare Quality
The focus of this course is on the scholarship of integration, implementation, and application. Students will conduct a quality improvement project in an area of interest. They will conduct the project, and present findings in a major paper.

Courses for the Graduate Diploma in Pain Care (all courses except PAIN-874* are online courses): 

PAIN-870* Pathophysiology of Pain
This course explores pain conditions with their underlying mechanisms and will review the basic neuroscience of pain. Anatomical, physiological, psychological and biochemical mechanisms involved in nociception are presented. Theoretical models underpinning our understanding of these mechanisms in the biopsychosocial context will be explored. Not offered 2017-18.

PAIN-871* Assessment and Treatment of Pain I
This course builds upon the advanced knowledge provided in PAIN 870 and on the basic knowledge provided in most undergraduate health professional programs. It provides a comprehensive overview of the definitions, characteristics and epidemiology of various pain conditions, followed by an in-depth examination of the assessment and treatment of acute pain. It will assist learners in understanding the prevalence of pain and in developing comprehensive approaches to the assessment of individuals with acute pain to guide diagnosis, care and treatment. Not offered 2017-18.
PRE- or CO REQUISITE: PAIN-870*

PAIN-872* Assessment and Treatment of Pain II
This course expands on the advanced knowledge provided in PAIN- 870* and PAIN- 871* as well as basic pain education provided in undergraduate level health professional programs. Comprehensive descriptions of chronic pain conditions, their incidence, prevalence, and risk factors will be discussed. Learners will develop comprehensive approaches to the assessment, diagnosis, care and treatment of individuals with chronic pain. Not offered 2017-18.
PREREQUISITE: PAIN-870*, PAIN-871*

PAIN-873* Evaluating Pain Related Programs and Service
This course  introduces learners to evaluation principles and practices that can be applied to the development and implementation of solutions for problems or issues arising in pain related intervention and programs.  Learners will acquire the skills necessary to assess the nature and scope of a problem, as well as to design, implement, and evaluate the effects of a solution or program intended to address a problem related to pain care.  Topics will include theoretical aspects of program evaluation, program development models, and the various components of program evaluation and implementation procedures.  Not offered 2017-2018.

PAIN-874* Integrated Approach to Pain Care
This course focuses on applying theoretical concepts of pain to clinical scenarios in a clinical simulation environment to further learners’ understanding of the application of best practices in pain care. Practice will be conducted using an interprofessional approach to pain care. Not offered 2017-18.
PREREQUISITES: PAIN-870, PAIN-871, PAIN-872, PAIN-873