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  • Objectives
    Dalhousie University School of Nursing offers a Master of Nursing program that is framed within a philosophy of primary health care that recognizes the unique strengths and contributions of individuals, families, and communities. It is a 36-credit hour research and practice-based program which prepares students to be leaders in professional nursing and provides a solid foundation for doctoral studies.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Nursing
  • Course description
     There are two phases to the program. In the first phase, students complete required and elective courses. In the second phase, students must choose one of three program options: thesis, health policy practicum, or nurse practitioner (for available specialties, consult department):
               
    a.     A thesis is intended for those students seeking to conduct independent and/or collaborative research.
    b.     A health policy practicum is intended for those students seeking to increase knowledge and skills in health care policy development, implementation or evaluation.
    c.     A nurse practitioner option is intended for those students seeking preparation as an advanced nurse practitioner.

    A. Master of Nursing Courses Phase I

    Required Courses


    • NURS 5050.03: Nursing Philosophy, Knowledge and Theory.
    • NURS 5060.03: Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing.
    • NURS 5200.03: Health Care System Policy Analysis.

    Advanced Theory/Practice I Classes (NURS 54X5)
    These classes are an integration of the theories, research, and practice related to selected health-related concepts and issues in assessment and understanding of patterns of health and illness relevant to advanced practice across the specific clinical special area. This class includes 2-3 class hours and 6 clinical practice hours per week. Not all clinical foci will be offered every year, subject to faculty resources and student demand.

    Each student completes one of the following:


    • NURS 5435.03: Adult Nursing: Theory/Practice I.
    • NURS 5445.03: Community Nursing: Theory/Practice I.
    • NURS 5455.03: Mental Health Nursing: Theory/ Practice I.
    • NURS 5465.03: Maternal-Child Nursing: Theory/ Practice I.
    • NURS 5475.03: Nursing Families of Ill Children: Theory/Practice I.
    • NURS 5485.03: Principles and Theories for Nurse Practioner Practice.

    Advanced Theory/Practice II Classes (NURS 54X6 and NURS 5487)
    These classes further integrate theories, research, and practice related to selected health-related concepts and issues in assessment and understanding of patterns of health and illness relevant to advanced practice across the specific clinical specialty area. The class includes 2-3 class hours and 6 clinical practice hours per week. Not all clinical foci will be offered every year. Subject to faculty resources and student demand.
    PREREQUISITE: NURS54X5

    Each student completes one of the following:

    • NURS 5436.03: Adult Nursing: Theory/Practice II.
    • NURS 5446.03: Community Nursing: Theory/Practice II.
    • NURS 5456.03: Mental Health Nursing: Theory/Practice II.
    • NURS 5466.03: Maternal-Child Nursing: Theory/ Practice II.
    • NURS 5476.03: Nursing Families with Ill Children: Theory/Practice II.
    • NURS 5486.03: Principles and Theories for Health and Disease Management in Adult Nurse Practitioner Practices.
    • NURS 5487.03: Principles and Theories for Health and Disease Management in Family All Ages Nurse Practitioner Practice.

    B. Master of Nursing Courses Phase II

    • NURS 5610.03: Advanced Practice Role Development.
    • NURS 5620.06: Advanced Practice Role Practicum.
    • NURS 5732.03: Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice.
    • NURS 5735.03: Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Practitioners.
    • NURS 5740.03: Advanced Health Assessment.
    • NURS 8000X/Y.06: Health Policy Practicum.
    • NURS 9000X/Y.06: Masters Thesis.
    C. Master of Nursing Focused Electives
    • Thesis
    • NURS 5000.03: Intermediate Statistics.
    • NURS 5100.03: Qualitative Research Methods.
    • NURS 5120.03: Quantitative Research Methods.

    Policy Practicum
    • NURS 5893.03: Health Program Planning and Evaluation.
    • NURS 6000.03: Nursing Administration and Leadership.
    D. Other Electives
    • NURS 5000.03: Intermediate Statistics
    • NURS 5100.03: Qualitative Research Methods
    • NURS 5120.03: Quantitative Research Methods
    • NURS 5330.03: Theoretical Concepts & Competencies Related to the Helping Relationship in Advanced Nursing Practice
    • NURS 5610.03: Advanced Practice Role Development
    • NURS 5732.03: Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice
    • NURS 5734.03: Principles of Pharmacotherapy for Nurse Practitioners
    • NURS 5735.03: Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Practitioners
    • NURS 5800X/Y.06/5810.03/5820.03: Reading Class
    • NURS 5830.03: Death and Dying/Palliative Care
    • NURS 5840.03: Human Resources in Health Care (cross-listed with HESA 6340.03)
    • NURS 5841.03: Management Union Relations in Health Care (cross-listed with HESA 6341.03)
    • NURS 5850.03: Women and Aging
    • NURS 5865.03: Quality Management (cross-listed with HESA 6365.03)
    • NURS 5871.03: Addictions Nursing Practice
    • NURS 5891.03: Health Informatics
    • NURS 5892.03: Specialty Practice of Oncology Nursing
    • NURS 5893.03: Health Program Planning & Evaluation
    • NURS 5894.03: Interprofessional Psychosocial Oncology: Introduction to Theory and Practice
    • NURS 5895.03: Introduction to Epidemiology Methods in Public Health Nursing Practice
    • NURS 5896.03: Working with Special Populations
    • NURS 5900X/Y.06/5910.03/5920.03: Reading Class
    • NURS 5950.03 A or B: Self-directed Learning in Nursing
    • NURS 5990.03: Interdisciplinary Human Nutrition
    • NURS 6000.03A: Nursing Administration and Leadership (cross-listed with HESA 6000.03)
    • NURS 6130.03: Measurement in Nursing Phenomena
    • NURS 6200.03: Nursing-Sensitive Health Outcomes
    • NURS 6210.03: Women's Health Outcomes

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