Nursing  {SF State Bulletin 2013 - 2014}

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Nursing

College of Health and Social Sciences

Dean: Don Taylor

 

School of Nursing

BH 371
Phone: 415-338-1802

Director: Lynette Landry, Ph.D., R.N.
Associate Director: Mary Ann van Dam, Ph.D., R.N., P.N.P.

 

Faculty

Professors: Baj, Ferretti
Associate Professors: Chou, Davis, Eaton, Landry, Privé, Renwanz-Boyle, van Dam
Assistant Professors: Carabez, Doan, Li, Pope, Serber
Clinical Faculty/Full-time Lecturers: Carr, Palm-Leis, Rovera, Saberman, Vitale

 

Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing: Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

 


 

Academic Nursing Programs Offered

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Prelicensure: for entry into the nursing profession
  • Advanced placement: for RNs without a baccalaureate degree

 

Master of Science in Nursing/ Post Master's Certificate

  • Prelicensure: entry level into the nursing profession for students with a baccalaureate degree in another field; pre-licensure and graduate specialization components in administration, adult acute care, pediatrics, women’s health, and community health
  • RNs with bachelor's degrees in nursing or other disciplines can specialize in administration, adult acute care, pediatrics, women's health, community health, or family nurse practitioner
  • Post-master's certificate: family nurse practitioner for nurses with masters’ or doctoral degrees

 

The School

Mission
The San Francisco State University School of Nursing aims to motivate and educate undergraduate and graduate nursing students to meet the healthcare needs of individuals, families, and communities. Faculty has a passion for teaching using a rich variety of educational methods. We embrace the diversity of our student population, and are committed to educating nurses who serve diverse populations with a focus on social and environmental justice, and health equality. Furthermore, we incorporate evidence-based nursing knowledge, ethical decision-making, and sound clinical judgment into our educational paradigm. Using various educational modalities that include state of the art information technologies, students learn how to provide safe, quality patient-centered care. Our students are prepared to adapt to changing healthcare needs and environments and to serve society through civic engagement and lifelong learning.

 

Nursing Philosophy

We foster student growth and development embracing their richly diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, recognizing the individual differences in learning styles and goals, and adapting support systems to help students fulfill their educational goals. Building on a foundation of knowledge from nursing and other disciplines such as psychology, sociology, philosophy and anthropology, graduates of this program will collaborate with other healthcare disciplines (i.e. medicine, physical therapy, psychology, social work, and others) to provide compassionate and ethical care along the health-illness continuum throughout the lifespan. These educational endeavors affect the healthcare environment and positively influence health outcomes of individuals, families, communities and populations. We are committed to professional development of faculty, staff and students using our conceptual model, which guides our academic activities. We provide excellent nursing education and academic activities emphasizing patient-center care, patient safety, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, informatics, leadership and lifelong learning for the students as well as faculty and staff.

 

The following objectives are based on this philosophy:

  • To provide curricula that reflects human diversity and encourages critical thinking, clinical judgments, and social and cultural awareness
  • To provide a learning environment conducive for students with diverse learning styles and needs
  • To develop clinicians, leaders, advocates and change agents to function in evolving healthcare systems
  • To increase the number of nurses form underrepresented groups in nursing
  • To prepare nurses who support, use and disseminate research in practice
  • To serve the local and global community through faculty and student leadership, consultation research, and clinical practice

 

Conceptual Framework

The conceptual framework that provides the academic foundation for the nursing curriculum at the SF State School of Nursing is based on the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies. These concepts encompass patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety and informatics. This conceptual framework is based on the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs) required to ensure quality care and the safety of clients and families in local and global communities in a variety of healthcare systems.

 

Career Outlook

The Bachelor of Science degree prepares students for entry-level positions in professional nursing practice. Graduates are prepared to take a national licensure examination (NCLEX) to become registered nurses and for positions in maternity, pediatrics, medical-surgical nursing, gerontology, psychiatric/mental health, community health, long-term care and home-care. In addition, they are eligible for public health nursing certification in California upon licensure as a registered nurse. For RNs, the Bachelor of Science degree builds upon previous nursing education and experience for professional role development.

 

Master of Science graduates provide leadership and expertise in a variety of settings as expert clinicians, administrators/managers, teachers and researchers assuring health and healthcare for people of all ages. Clinical Nurse Specialists, as expert clinicians, managers, program planners and case managers, serve specific client/patient populations in acute, chronic, inpatient, outpatient and community/public health settings. Graduates of the nursing administration emphasis hold positions in nursing management, administration, and as entrepreneurs across a variety of health care settings. Graduates prepared as family nurse practitioners hold positions in a variety of primary care and hospital settings. Graduates of all emphases are eligible for positions in program planning and evaluation and to serve as clinical faculty for schools of nursing. The master's curriculum also prepares students for entry into nursing education at the doctoral level.

 

Notes for Prospective Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed for each educational level in the materials that follow, there are special considerations for all nursing students:

  • Informational sessions about the school and application processes will be offered. Please check the web site for dates, times and locations.
  • The School of Nursing reserves the right to make changes in the admissions process or curriculum to accommodate programmatic needs. Students will be advised and assisted in making adjustments to these changes.
  • Students may apply to only one of the programs offered by the school in a given admission year.
  • Course equivalency information may be found at http://www.assist.org.
  • Students must have personal health insurance.
  • Prior to the beginning of each semester, students must meet specific health requirements including immunizations, tuberculosis testing, etc.
  • Background checks are required for all prelicensure students prior to starting clinical.
  • Students are required to purchase specified equipment and pay laboratory fees for certain courses.
  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) for health care providers as offered by the American Heart Association is required.
  • A State Board licensure examination preparation program is incorporated throughout the nursing program for an additional fee.
  • Students must have use of an automobile for the community health nursing experience and to travel to clinical sites that may not be served by public transportation.

 

30-Unit LVN Option

A 30-unit LVN option is available on a space available basis. Students must contact the School of Nursing prior to admission and registration for advising about course placement and space availability. Upon completion of the program, the LVN will not receive a degree, but will be eligible to take the California state licensure examination for Registered Nurses.

 

Bachelor of Science (Prelicensure)

The School of Nursing offers prelicensure (RN) bachelor’s degree programs at the San Francisco campus and in the Sequoia Health District (the Sequoia Hospital/SF State Baccalaureate Nursing Program at Cañada College). The Sequoia/Cañada program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Sequoia Health District with additional support from the San Mateo Community College District, Sequoia Hospital and the CSU. The course of study is the same for each although admission requirements vary. Students are encouraged to explore the specific requirements on the web site as they vary for each site and from year to year.

 

Applicants to the baccalaureate nursing program may be current students at SF State or transfer students. As freshmen applicants are not admitted to the university as nursing majors, students can be admitted as undeclared with an interest in nursing or to an alternate major. The undeclared with an interest in nursing designation does not guarantee admission to the nursing major. All students applying to the nursing program must be accepted into the University and meet University requirements (see earlier sections of the Bulletin). Students applying to the nursing program have specific prerequisites for the program (see details that follow).


Admission/Application Information

  • Application period: generally early October to late November.
  • Application materials and instructions will be posted on the web site.
  • Both School of Nursing and University applications must be submitted (for those not already SF State students).
  • Optional supplemental criteria: foreign language proficiency, multi-cultural work or volunteer experience and health related work or volunteer experience are also used as admission criteria.
  • Sequoia applicants must also verify their residency and completion of prerequisite course work in the San Mateo Community College District.
  • Applicants will be notified of the decision regarding acceptance into the program in the spring.

 

Criteria for Admission to the Baccalaureate Nursing Program

Undergraduate students must be admissible to the University in accordance with existing criteria as stated in the undergraduate admission requirements section of the University Bulletin. In addition, students seeking to major in nursing must meet the following criteria and prerequisites.

 

Prospective students must:

  • Be California residents.
  • Have an all-college total GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application.
  • Receive a minimum grade of C in all nursing prerequisites.
  • Complete University general education requirements.
  • Submit results of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V).

 

Nursing Prerequisites

The courses listed below or those which are comparable as listed on www.assist.org are required for acceptance into the nursing major. No more than one course should be in progress during the spring semester/winter quarter following submission of an application.

 

Course Title Units
BIOL 210/
BIOL 211 
General Microbiology and Public Health/Laboratory 4
BIOL 220
 
 
    or
BIOL 328
Principles of Human Anatomy
(Must include a laboratory component
if taken elsewhere.)

Human Anatomy (if taken prior to Fall 2013)
(Must have included a laboratory component
if taken elsewhere.)
3 - 4
BIOL 212/
BIOL 213 
Human Physiology/Laboratory 4
CHEM 101/
CHEM 102 
Survey of Chemistry*/Laboratory 4
COMM 150 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3
ENG 214 Second Year Written Composition - English 3
MATH 124 Elementary Statistics (quantitative reasoning) 3
PHIL 110 Critical Thinking I 3

Total for Prerequisites: 27 - 28 units

 

*This is an integrated course in which students are introduced to topics in general, organic, and biochemistry.

 

Courses required for RN licensure in California

Prior to applying for RN licensure, the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) requires students to have completed a minimum of 16 semester units comprising natural sciences, behavioral, and social sciences. To complement the anatomy, physiology, and microbiology prerequisites, it is highly recommended that students complete a general psychology course prior to taking NURS 328 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Theory and Practicum and any additional behavioral or social science course as needed to fulfill the BRN's requirement.

Note: These courses may also satisfy GE Segment II requirements.

 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Curriculum
(usual course of study)

Required Courses

First Semester

Course Title Units
NURS 311 Human Development and Health Assessment Theory and Lab 5
NURS 312 GW Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing - GWAR 3
NURS 314 Health Promotion Theory and Practicum 5

Total First Semester: 13

 

Second Semester

Course Title Units
NURS 326 Reproductive Health Theory and Practicum 6
NURS 328 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Theory and Practicum 6
NURS 350 Nursing Interventions Lab I 2

Total Second Semester: 14

 

Third Semester

Course Title Units
NURS 410 Care of Children Theory and Practicum 6
NURS 420 Care of Adults Theory and Practicum 6
NURS 450 Nursing Interventions Lab II 2

Total Third Semester: 15

 

Fourth Semester

Course Title Units
NURS 520 Advanced Medical Surgical and Critical Care Nursing Theory and Practicum 6
NURS 522 Chronic Care and End of Life Care Theory 3
NURS 530 Community Health and Global Perspectives Theory and Practicum 6

Total Fourth Semester: 15

 

Total program units: 56

Students completing the BSN program will achieve the School of Nursing’s BSN Expected Student Learning Outcomes as outlined below:

  1. Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient's preferences, values, and needs.
  2. Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
  3. Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.
  4. Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.
  5. Minimizes risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
  6. Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.

 

Bachelor of Science for RNs
(Advanced Placement Option for Licensed Nurses)

The advanced placement option (APO) is designed for RNs with associate degrees or diplomas in nursing interested in obtaining a baccalaureate nursing degree. The APO curriculum allows credit for some previous course work and has flexible scheduling to accommodate the practicing nurse. Students have the option to study part-time or full-time. If a student meets University general education and other degree requirements, it is possible to complete the course of study in one to one and a half years through full time study.

 

Admission/Application Information

  • Application period is generally early October to late November.
  • Application materials and instructions will be posted on the web site.
  • Both School of Nursing and University applications must be submitted for those who are not already SF State students.
  • RNs may receive credit for previous nursing education.
  • The maximum number of transferable units is 70.

 

Criteria for Admission to the APO

  • Admitted to the University (University applications must be submitted at the same time as the application to the school).
  • Successful completion of an accredited associate degree or diploma in nursing.
  • Licensure as an RN in the State of California by the start of the program.
  • An all-college total GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the application.
  • All nursing prerequisites completed with a minimum grade of C.

 

Prerequisite Courses

The courses listed below or those which are comparable as listed on www.assist.org are required for acceptance into the nursing major.

Course Title Units
BIOL 210/
BIOL 211 
General Microbiology and Public Health/Laboratory 4
BIOL 220
 
 
    or
BIOL 328
Principles of Human Anatomy
(Must include a laboratory component
if taken elsewhere.)

Human Anatomy (if taken prior to Fall 2013)
(Must have included a laboratory component
if taken elsewhere.)
3 - 4
BIOL 212/
BIOL 213 
Human Physiology/Laboratory 4
CHEM 101/
CHEM 102 
Survey of Chemistry/Laboratory 4
COMM 150 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3
ENG 214 Second Year Written Composition - English 3
MATH 124 Elementary Statistics (quantitative reasoning) 3
PHIL 110 Critical Thinking I 3

Total for prerequisites: 28

 

The APO Course of Study

The APO program is for junior transfer students only. Applicants to the program have satisfied a minimum of 60 semester units, including all lower division GE requirements. Applicants have also completed all required nursing pre-licensure courses. This roadmap reflects only those courses that APO program students take in residence at San Francisco State University. Student accepted into the APO program receive 20 units of upper division nursing credit for successfully passing the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

 

Required Courses

First Semester

Course Title Units
NURS 300 Bridge to Professional Nursing 3
NURS 312 GW Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing - GWAR
also satisfies the University Written English Proficiency requirements
3
NURS 522 Chronic Care and End of Life Care Theory 3
Upper Division General Education 3

Total First Semester: 9

 

Second Semester

Course Title Units
NURS 530 Community Health and Global Perspectives Theory and Practicum 6
Upper Division General Education 3

Total Second Semester: 9

 

Third Semester

Course Title Units
NURS 558 Professional Practice Concepts Theory 3
NURS 559 Professional Practice Concepts Practicum 3
Upper Division General Education 3

Total Third Semester: 9

 

Total for major: 41
(including 20 units of upper division credit given for successfully passing the NCLEX-RN licensure exam)

 

APO Challenge Procedures

Students completing the APO program will achieve the School of Nursing’s BSN Expected Student Learning Outcomes as outlined below:

  • Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient's preferences, values, and needs.
  • Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
  • Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.
  • Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.
  • Minimizes risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.

 

Master of Science in Nursing

The School of Nursing provides master’s level educational opportunities for registered nurses and individuals with a bachelor’s degree in other fields who wish to enter the nursing profession.

Registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees in nursing can enter the master’s program by demonstrating they have met nursing content comparable to that in the SF State baccalaureate program.

Registered nurses without a nursing bachelor’s degree may need additional nursing coursework such as community health and research. The school offers the nursing Master of Science degree for RNs at the SF State campus and partner hospital locations on the Peninsula.

Individuals who are not nurses but have a bachelor’s degree may apply to the generic nursing Master of Science program. Students in this program spend their first five semesters completing theory and clinical course work with other pre-licensure students. Upon completion of these courses the students take a national licensing exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse. Students must be licensed to progress with graduate level studies.

Registered nurses who already hold nursing master’s degrees may apply to the post master’s family nurse practitioner (FNP) certificate program (graduate level coursework).

 

The master’s level curriculum includes both core courses and specialty courses. The core courses, the portion of the program for all students, include nursing theory, advanced practice nursing roles, pathophysiology, research, leadership, health policy and ethics for advanced practice nurses. Units taken in addition to the core program are selected with graduate nursing faculty advisement. Students are engaged in clinical practice experiences throughout the curriculum and complete their studies with a thesis or field study.

 

Please note that students taking post master’s FNP certificate courses and students in the group taking courses at partner hospitals will take courses through the College of Extended Learning and have a different enrollment processes.

 

Admission/Application Information and Requirements for the Master’s Degree

 

For all applicants:

  • Visit the School of Nursing web site for specific application dates.
  • Meet general requirements for admission to graduate study at SF State and submit a separate application to the Division of Graduate Studies.
  • Complete the School of Nursing supplemental application process.
  • Include a written goal statement.
  • Students whose primary language is not English must earn a minimum score of 550 on the paper Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 80 overall on the internet based (iBT) TOEFL.
  • All graduate students are required to establish written English proficiency (see information below) by submitting results of the analytical writing section of the GRE at the time of application. A score of 4.0 or above is required.
  • Three references from a work colleague or supervisor.
  • Provide a resume or curriculum vitae.

 

For RN applicants:

  • Courses in inferential statistics and an undergraduate nursing research course are recommended.
  • Some of the prerequisite courses may be challenged or waived for students who have extensive professional experience and have participated in mandatory continuing education programs for R.N. licensure.

 

For non-RN (generic master’s) applicants:

  • Generic (non-RN students) must have completed all prerequisites at the time of application to the program.
  • Provide evidence of health related work or volunteer experience

 

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: A score of 4.0 or above on the analytical writing section of the GRE. Level Two: Demonstration of English proficiency on the final paper for NURS 794.

 

Generic Nursing Master of Science Degree

Qualified applicants are accepted into the generic nursing Master of Science program conditionally. They may enroll in graduate courses in the fourth semester of the pre-licensure course work. Prior to enrolling in NURS 802, students must have successfully completed all prelicensure prerequisites, prelicensure courses, and must attain status as a registered nurse in California (successful completion of the NCLEX exam).

 

Prerequisites

The courses listed below or those which are comparable as listed on www.assist.org are required for acceptance into the program.

Course Title Units
BIOL 210/
BIOL 211 
General Microbiology and Public Health/Laboratory 4
BIOL 220
 
 
    or
BIOL 328
Principles of Human Anatomy
(Must include a laboratory component
if taken elsewhere.)

Human Anatomy (if taken prior to Fall 2013)
(Must have included a laboratory component
if taken elsewhere.)
3 - 4
BIOL 212/
BIOL 213 
Human Physiology/Laboratory 4
CHEM 101/
CHEM 102 
Survey of Chemistry*/Laboratory 4
COMM 150 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3
ENG 214 Second Year Written Composition - English 3
MATH 124 Elementary Statistics (quantitative reasoning) 3
PHIL 110 Critical Thinking I 3

Total units: 27 - 28

 

*This is an integrated course in which students are introduced to topics in general, organic, and biochemistry.

 

Courses required for RN licensure in California

Prior to applying for RN licensure the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) requires students to have completed a minimum of 16 semester units comprising natural sciences, behavioral, and social sciences. To complement the anatomy, physiology, and microbiology prerequisites, it is highly recommended that students complete a general psychology course prior to taking NURS 328 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Theory and Practicum and any additional behavioral or social science course as needed to fulfill the BRN's requirement.

 

Pre-licensure Nursing Courses

First Semester

Course Title Units
NURS 311 Human Development and Health Assessment Theory and Lab 5
NURS 314 Health Promotion in Nursing Theory and Lab 5
NURS 794 Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3
NURS 732 Ethics in Advanced Nursing Practice 3

Total for First Semester: 16

 

Second Semester

Course Title Units
NURS 326 Reproductive Health Theory and Practicum 6
NURS 328 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Theory and Practicum 6
NURS 350 Nursing Interventions Practicum I 2
NURS 706 Health Care Policy and Nursing Leadership 3

Total for Second Semester: 17

 

Third Semester

Course Title Units
NURS 410 Nursing Care of Children Theory and Practicum 6
NURS 420 Nursing Care of Adults Theory and Practicum 6
NURS 450 Nursing Interventions Lab II 2
NURS 703 Education, Informatics, and eTechnology in Advanced Nursing Practice 3

Total for Third Semester: 17

 

Fourth Semester

Pre-licensure Courses

Course Title Units
NURS 522 Chronic Care and End of Life Care Theory 3
NURS 530 Community Health and Global Perspectives Theory and Practicum 6
NURS 711 Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Life Span 3
NURS 715 Pharmacological Principles Across the Life Span 3
NURS 716 Advanced Pathophysiology and Diagnostic Reasoning I 3

Total for Fourth Semester: 18

 

Fifth Semester

Graduate Core Courses

Course Title Units
NURS 717 Advanced Pathophysiology and Diagnostic Reasoning II 3
NURS 720 Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Advance Practice Nursing 3
NURS 721 Program Planning and Financial Management in Nursing Practice 3
NURS 801 Graduate Nursing Practicum I 4

Total for Fifth Semester: 13

 

Sixth Semester

Course Title Units
NURS 702 Health Systems Management 3
NURS 802 Graduate Nursing Practicum II 4
NURS 895
    or
NURS 898
Applied Research in Nursing
 
Master’s Thesis
3

Total for Sixth Semester: 10

 

Total for degree: 91

 

Students completing the Generic Master’s program will achieve the School of Nursing’s MSN Expected Student Learning Outcomes as outlined below:

  • Applies and integrates broad organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services.
  • Demonstrates nursing and inter-professional collaboration that facilitates open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
  • Creates collaborative programs and educational approaches that address health promotion and disease prevention needs of culturally-ethnically diverse individuals and populations.
  • Demonstrates a professional leadership role to promote quality and safe clinical patient care that incorporates ethical and critical decision-making approaches, fiscal accountability, effective working relationships, and systems perspectives.
  • Assimilates nursing knowledge and expertise through research utilization, informatics literacy, and generates educational, leadership, or clinical approaches to advance professional nursing practice.
  • Utilizes information technology to communicate effectively, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and to support decision-making.
  • Designs evaluation strategies for nursing care outcomes to assess, manage, and determine resource allocation for evaluation of nursing care outcomes.
  • Evaluate methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality improvement within a healthcare organization.
  • Applies research outcomes within the practice setting to resolve identified practice problems.
  • Organizes interventions at the health care system level utilizing policy development processes, economic principles, and employing advocacy strategies to influence health and health care services for individuals, families, aggregates/identified diverse populations and communities.

 

RN-Master of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses

Required Core Courses

Course Title Units
NURS 702 Health Systems Management 3
NURS 703 Education, Informatics, and eTechnology in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NURS 706 Health Care Policy and Nursing Leadership 3
NURS 711 Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Life Span 3
NURS 715 Pharmacological Principles Across the Life Span 3
NURS 716 Advanced Pathophysiology and Diagnostic Reasoning I 3
NURS 717 Advanced Pathophysiology and Diagnostic Reasoning II 3
NURS 720 Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NURS 721 Program Planning and Financial Management in Nursing Practice 3
NURS 732 Ethics in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NURS 794 Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3
NURS 801 Graduate Nursing Practicum I 4
NURS 802 Graduate Nursing Practicum II 4
NURS 895
    or
NURS 898
Field Study
 
Master’s Thesis
3

 

Concentration/Emphasis or Electives (8 - 12 units)

Units on advisement

Total for graduation (varies by emphasis): 44 - 52

 

Emphases

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
This emphasis offers the graduate student the opportunity to take additional courses for certification by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and to take a national certification exam through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC). The CNS is an advanced practice nurse holding a master’s degree with a specific area of clinical nursing specialization such as adult and critical care, women’s health, and pediatrics. The role of the CNS is defined by the needs of a select client population and clinical expertise of the nurse. Specialized role content is included in NURS 801 and NURS 802.

 

Community Public Health

Students completing this emphasis are prepared to assume nursing roles in a variety of care settings including public health, home health, and schools. Upon completion of this emphasis the graduate is eligible to apply for national certification as an Advanced Practice Public Health Nurse through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) and may be eligible for CNS certification by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Specialized role content is included in NURS 801 and NURS 802.

 

Nursing Administration
This emphasis enables students to combine the nursing perspective and principles of business to become effective and successful managers and administrators. Courses may also be taken in the College of Business with the advice and approval of the advisor.

 

Students in this emphasis are not required to take NURS 711, NURS 715, NURS 716, and NURS 717 in the nursing core.

 

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration
The family nurse practitioner (FNP) concentration requires 52 units and a total of 600 clinical hours. The FPN concentration is designed to prepare FNPs for primary care practice. The following courses are required in addition to the 44 units of RN-MSN required core courses. Family Nurse Practitioner students take NURS 810, NURS 804, and NURS 811 in lieu of NURS 702, NURS 801, and NURS 802.

 

Course Title Units
NURS 708 Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care 4
NURS 804 Professional Issues and Nurse Practitioner Skills 3
NURS 810 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I 4
NURS 811 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum II 4
NURS 812 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum III 4

Total for concentration: 19

 

Students completing the Master’s program will achieve the School of Nursing’s MSN Expected Student Learning Outcomes as outlined below:

  • Applies and integrates broad organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services.
  • Demonstrates nursing and inter-professional collaboration that facilitates open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
  • Creates collaborative programs and educational approaches that address health promotion and disease prevention needs of culturally-ethnically diverse individuals and populations.
  • Demonstrates a professional leadership role to promote quality and safe clinical patient care that incorporates ethical and critical decision-making approaches, fiscal accountability, effective working relationships, and systems perspectives.
  • Assimilates nursing knowledge and expertise through research utilization, informatics literacy, and generates educational, leadership, or clinical approaches to advance professional nursing practice.
  • Utilizes information technology to communicate effectively, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and to support decision-making.
  • Designs evaluation strategies for nursing care outcomes to assess, manage, and determine resource allocation for evaluation of nursing care outcomes.
  • Evaluate methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality improvement within a healthcare organization.
  • Applies research outcomes within the practice setting to resolve identified practice problems.

Organizes interventions at the health care system level utilizing policy development processes, economic principles, and employing advocacy strategies to influence health and health care services for individuals

 

Advancement to Candidacy

The student must resolve any admission conditions as soon as possible after beginning the graduate program. The Advancement to Candidacy form should be completed and filed in the Division of Graduate Studies after the student has completed 24 units. The Proposal for Culminating Experience form must be completed and filed before he/she enrolls in the culminating experience course, either NURS 895 or 898. See the Graduate Division web site for more details http://www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy/.

 

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The post master’s family nurse practitioner (FNP) certificate allows master’s and doctoral prepared nurses to attain certification as an FNP in the State of California after completing 30 units of post-graduate work. Completion of the certificate verifies to the California Board of Registered Nursing that the students satisfy all requirements for licensure as family nurse practitioners. The program also provides documentation to professional organizations that all requirements for national certification examinations were completed. The certificate program includes the courses listed below. Sequencing is determined in consultation with an advisor.

 

Post Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Course Title Units
NURS 708 Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care 4
NURS 711 Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Life Span 3
NURS 715 Pharmacological Principles Across the Life Span 3
NURS 716 Advanced Pathophysioglogy and Diagnostic Reasoning I 3
NURS 717 Advanced Pathophysiology and Diagnostic Reasoning II 3
NURS 804 Professional Issues and Nurse Practitioner Skills 3
NURS 810 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I 4
NURS 811 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum II 4
NURS 812 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum III 4

Total for Certificate: 31

 

Students completing the Post-Master’s FNP program will achieve the School of Nursing’s MSN Expected Student Learning Outcomes as outlined below:

  • Applies and integrates broad organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services.
  • Demonstrates nursing and inter-professional collaboration that facilitates open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
  • Creates collaborative programs and educational approaches that address health promotion and disease prevention needs of culturally-ethnically diverse individuals and populations.
  • Demonstrates a professional leadership role to promote quality and safe clinical patient care that incorporates ethical and critical decision-making approaches, fiscal accountability, effective working relationships, and systems perspectives.
  • Assimilates nursing knowledge and expertise through research utilization, informatics literacy, and generates educational, leadership, or clinical approaches to advance professional nursing practice.
  • Utilizes information technology to communicate effectively, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and to support decision-making.
  • Designs evaluation strategies for nursing care outcomes to assess, manage, and determine resource allocation for evaluation of nursing care outcomes.
  • Evaluate methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality improvement within a healthcare organization.
  • Applies research outcomes within the practice setting to resolve identified practice problems.

Organizes interventions at the health care system level utilizing policy development processes, economic principles, and employing advocacy strategies to influence health and health care services for individuals

 

Admission/ Application Information for the FNP certificate Program

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s or doctoral degree in nursing.
  • Current RN licensure in California.
  • One year or 2,000 hours of recent relevant clinical nursing experience.

Prospective students are expected to have taken a graduate level Health Assessment course within last five years

 

 

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