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Curriculum Action Notice


From:

Academic Affairs Committee

Date:

November 13, 2003

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Flor Blanco, Belknap Hall 110A, Ext. 4604, fblanco@mnsfld.edu.

The department of Robert Packer Department of Health Sciences and Physical Activity has requested the following curricular changes:

# 1 Action:
New Course Request: NUR 5510 Teaching and Learning Theory for Nurse Educators

Purpose and Nature of Course:
This course is part of the Master's degree in nursing. It will explore the issues relevant to teaching and learning appropriate to nursing education. Students will have the opportunity to formulate expanded course syllabi and present creative teaching strategies on nursing topics of their choice.

Course Description for Catalog:
This course highlights selected teaching and learning theories appropriate to nursing education. Various teaching modalities will be explored, components of diverse teaching and learning strategies will be analyzed, and evaluation methods for teaching and learning will be explored.

# 2 Action:
New Course Request: NUR 5520 Nursing: A Theoretical Perspective

Purpose and Nature of Course:
This course introduces the student to the vital role of theory and theoretical frameworks as guides for nurse educators in higher education. The course content explores the relationship between human development, critical reflection, individualism and learning that transfroms the human spirit.

Course Description for Catalog:
This course is designed to encourage the graduate student to incorporate theory and theoretical frameworks into nursing education. It explores the partnership between nursing theory and nursing theory with an emphasis on individualism. The premise of this course is that learning and knowing transform the human spirit. This course further attempts to answer the practical question: What does theoretically driven learning look like and how might it shape the future of nursing education?
Prerequisites: NUR 5510, 5515

# 3 Action:
New Course Request: NUR 5515 Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education

Purpose and Nature of Course:
This course will allow graduate nursing education students to explore various theories of measurement and evaluation, as well as applying some selected models in small projects of the student's choice. Evaluation theories explored will include Participatory evaluation, Democratic evaluation, Utilization-Focused evaluation, Goal-Free evaluation and more. Noted theorists including Patton, Scriven, Green, Stufflebeam, Guba & Lincoln and others will be introduced and students will have the opportunity to compare and contrast various measurement and evaluation methods. Three main evaluation focus areas will include evaluation of students, programs and self evaluation. Program accreditation and evaluation of faculty are reviewed.

Course Description for Catalog:
This course will allow graduate nursing education students to explore various theories of measurement and evaluation, as well as applying some selected models in small projects of the student's choice. Evaluation theories explored will include Participatory evaluation, Democratic evaluation, Utilization-Focused evaluation, Goal-Free evaluation and more. Noted theorists including Patton, Scriven, Green, Stufflebeam, Guba & Lincoln and others will be introduced and students will have the opportunity to compare and contrast various measurement and evaluation methods. Three main evaluation focus areas will include evaluation of students, programs and self evaluation. Program accreditation and evaluation of faculty will also be reviewed.
Co-requisites: Nur 5510

# 4 Action:
New Course Request: NUR 5530 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Setting

Purpose and Nature of Course:
This course is an integral component of the Master's degree program in nursing. Graduate students will focus on implementing the faculty role in a clinical specialty setting of their choice

Course Description for Catalog:
This course allows the graduate student to utilize and apply theories and principles of teaching and learning in a clinical specialty setting of interest to the student. A major emphasis will be on clinical teaching, planning, implementation and evaluation.
Prerequisites: 5520, 5512, 5545, 5550

# 5 Action:
New Course Request: NUR 5525 Teaching and Learning in the College Setting

Purpose and Nature of Course:
In this course, graduate students will have the opportunity to implement the role of a nursing faculty member in an educational setting. The student will work with a preceptor in a college or inservice setting where he/she will have the opportunity to operationalize teaching skills.

Course Description for Catalog:
This course allows the graduate nursing student to work with a preceptor in a college or university setting. The graduate student has the opportunity to select and operationalize an aspect of the teaching and faculty role in an area of interest, and to examine issues in higher education from the perspective of a faculty member. Integration of theoretical concepts and socialization into the role of nurse educator is a major focus.
Prerequisites: (Courses which MUST be completed prior to taking this course)_5510, 5515, 5545, 5550

# 6 Action:
New Course Request: NUR 5540 Designing Quantitative Research

Purpose and Nature of Course:
This course will be taught as part of the Master of Science, Nursing Online degree which has an emphasis on education and scholarly inquiry. The student will become acquainted with designing research in order to support academe's emphasis on scholarly inquiry. The philosophical background and the type of research questions answered through quantitative research will be explored. A comprehensive view of the steps needed for quantitative research design will be stressed. Students will experience the research process by forming a research group and then planning a research project which will be used as part of the course evaluation.

Course Description for Catalog:
This course will be experiential and focus on designing quantitative research. The philosophical background and the type of research questions answered through quantitative research will be explored. Steps in the research process leading to a well planned research project along with appropriate statistical measurement will be covered.
Prerequisites: (Courses which MUST be completed prior to taking this course) NUR 5510, NUR 5515, NUR 5520, NUR 5535

# 7 Action:
New Course Request: 5535 Designing Qualitative Research

Purpose and Nature of Course:
This course will be taught as part of the Master of Science, Nursing Online degree which has an emphasis on preparing nurse educators. The student will become acquainted with designing qualitative research in order to support academe's emphasis on scholarly inquiry. The philosophical background and the type of research questions answered through qualitative research will be explored. It will cover the full range of qualitative methods including ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, biography, action research, historical research, discourse analysis and postmodern, poststructuralist, and feminist approaches to research. Students will experience the research process by forming a research group and then planning a research project which will be used as part of the course evaluation.

Course Description for Catalog:
This course will be experiential and focus on designing qualitative research. The philosophical background and the type of research questions answered through qualitative research will be explored. The student will be introduced to qualitative research methods such as ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, biography, action research, historical research, discourse analysis and postmodern, poststructuralist, and feminist approaches to research.
Prerequisites: NUR 5510, NUR 5515

# 8 Action:
New Course Request: NUR 5550 The Nurse in Academe: Issues in Higher Education

Purpose and Nature of Course:
The purpose of this course is to explore issues in higher education and the role of nurse faculty. The course introduces the graduate nurse to the tripartite role of the faculty member in higher education.

Course Description for Catalog:
This course introduces the graduate nurse to the tripartite role of the faculty member in higher education. General issues such as tenure and promotion, self-governance, legalities and ethics of teaching, academic freedom, and the nature of scholarship as it relates to inquiry, integration, application and teaching are explored. Issues specific to nursing such as the dichotomous nature of nursing practice and higher education are also a major focus of discussion.
Prerequisites: NUR 5510

# 9 Action:
New Course Request: NUR 5545 Curriculum Design in Nursing Education

Purpose and Nature of Course:
This course introduces the graduate student to the interrelationship between nursing course development and curriculum design. The content moves from concepts to actualization, theory to practice. A blueprint for curriculum is shaped by individual course development . It explores the teaching/learning process with an emphasis on diversity, a learning-centered syllabus and the implementation and evaluation of learning outcomes.

Course Description for Catalog:
The central focus of this course is to define the interrelationship between course development and curriculum design. The course will explore the teaching/learning process with an emphasis on diversity, a learning-centered syllabus and the implementation and evaluation of learning outcomes. Links between individual student generated courses will shape a blueprint for a curriculum design.
Prerequisites: NUR 5510 and NUR 5515.

# 10 Action:
New Program Proposal for Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Rationale for program:
The United States is in the middle of an unprecedented nursing shortage. This shortage is expected to persist because of increasing demands for health care, larger numbers of elderly with chronic diseases, the aging nurse workforce (Staiger, Auerbach, & Buerhaus, 2000), and an aging population of nurse educators. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will be more than 1 million vacant nursing positions by 2010. Thus simultaneous efforts need to be made to recruit nurses into the profession while providing graduate education for those interested in becoming nurse educators.

The master's in nursing program will prepare experienced baccalaureate nurses to be nurse educators. Graduates will be prepared to teach in baccalaureate and associate degree nursing programs or provide staff development in health care settings. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to design curricula based on current knowledge of nursing, teaching, learning, and evaluation. They will be able to assess program outcomes, be effective members of the academic community; and develop and utilize leadership strategies that lead to improvement of health care. The program is designed specifically for professional nurses seeking an advanced degree while maintaining current employment thus, the proposed MSN program will be offered on-line.

General need: According to a position statement published in Nursing Education Perspectives (September/October, 2002; Vol. 23 (5)) there is a present need for as many as 40,000 full-time nurse faculty. The paper states "current data suggest we now have less than 50% of that number, and the supply of individuals to meet this demand is shrinking rapidly as the result of three phenomena: the retirements of large numbers of faculty and the limited number of graduate programs that offer options to specialize in nursing education and declining enrollments in graduate program that are designed to prepare nurse educators" (p. 267-268).

Local need: We have been fortunate in the past to have many clinically expert, master's prepared nurses available to teach students. However, in recent years that pool of applicants has dwindled drastically. In order to fill that void we have been forced, in the past five years, to hire BSN graduates who are willing to enroll in a master's in nursing program.

Appropriateness to State System and University Mission: The masters in nursing program supports Strategic Goal #3 of the Mansfield Plan that states "Address educational, economic, and cultural needs of the region and Commonwealth by offering relevant and appropriate programs and services." The northern tier of Pennsylvania, as well as the rest of the Commonwealth, is facing a critical shortage of nurses and nurse educators. This program will offer practicing baccalaureate nurses the opportunity to gain the necessary qualifications to fill this shortage.

Program Description for Catalog:
The master's in nursing program prepares professional nurses to become nurse educators. Graduates will be able to design curricula based on current knowledge of nursing, teaching, learning, and evaluation. Graduates will be able to assess program outcomes; be effective members of the academic community; and develop and utilize leadership strategies that lead to improvement of health care. A strong emphasis on scholarly inquiry is part of the curriculum. The program is designed specifically for professional nurses seeking an advanced degree while maintaining current employment. This program is offered on-line only.

Program Objectives:

  1. Integrate epistemological perspectives from nursing science, education and evaluation to design, implement and evaluate nursing curricula.
  2. Analyze the impact of social, ethical, cultural, economic, and political influences on nursing education and nursing practice.
  3. Engage in scholarly inquiry to clarify and improve nursing education and/or nursing practice.
  4. Analyze implications of legal and ethical accountability of nursing faculty in the classroom and clinical arenas.
  5. Design, implement and evaluate teaching strategies for classroom and clinical arenas.
  6. Synthesize knowledge from nursing science and learning theory to demonstrate praxis of teaching in the classroom and clinical arenas.
  7. Demonstrate use of critical thinking and communication skills to aid in resolution of divisive issues between nursing education and nursing service.
  8. Function in the role of a nurse educator in academe upon graduation and exhibit a future commitment to excellence in nursing education.

 

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