Nursing 752

NURS 752: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist-Preceptorship    

Prerequisite: NURS 740, NURS 741, NURS 744, NURS 745, NURS 748, NURS 749; or permission of faculty

Credit Hours: (3) Three hours clinical

This course is the final clinical practicum course for the Clinical Nurse Specialist  Program


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

This course will provide the CNS student with concentrated advanced nursing practice experiences in an area of the student’s interest with a preceptor in selected health care settings.  

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The non-clinical portions of the course will be online to facilitate communication between faculty & students and may include but are not limited to: faculty/student directed discussions, reading assignments, and written work which may include clinical logs, journals or protocols/guidelines. Because the course is online, audio or video presentations/lectures, discussion boards, chat rooms and other instructional technology strategies may be used for communication purposes. In addition it may include but not limited to:  video demonstration(s) with consenting patients of various components demonstrating appropriate clinical decision making of the evaluation and management of patient care across the lifespan.

Goals and Objectives of this Course

By the end of the course the student will:

1.  Promote health and improve quality of life through direct interaction with patients, families, and groups.
2.  Demonstrate a holistic perspective in the advanced nursing management of health, illness, and disease states.
3.  Demonstrate expertise in complex problem solving with staff, interprofessional, and system focused issues.
4.  Manage change and empower others to influence clinical practice and political processes within and across systems.
5.  Collaborate at an advanced level through authentic engagement and constructive patient, family, system, and population focused problem solving.
6.  Provide skillful guidance and teaching to advance the care of patients, families, groups, and populations, and the profession of nursing.
7.  Demonstrates identification, interpretation, and use of evidence in clinical practice and quality improvement.
8.  Identify, articulate, and take action on ethical concerns at the patient, family, health care    provider, system, community, and public policy levels.  

Assessment Measures

May include but are not limited to:  Preceptor and faculty evaluation of clinical performance. Completion of clinical logs, journal, protocols, and other clinical guidelines, case studies; quizzes; student presentations, and other strategies including using available technology for direct observation of clinical practice.

Other Course Information


Review and Approval

Approved:  April 2010