Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - NGR6223L
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Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): The course description and objectives have been revised to reflect oncology nurse practitioner competencies from the Ocology Nurse Practitioner Society. New Description: Clinical experiences in advanced oncology nursing focused on the application of theoretical and conceptual knowledge relevant to adults with cancer or at risk; development of diagnostic skills, clinical management and interdisciplinary collaboration. New Objectives: Given placement in an appropriate clinical setting, students will: Demonstrate proficiency in obtaining problem-based health histories and their documentation. Identify potential interactions of over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, nutritional supplements, and complementary and alternative therapies that may influence patient safety or the outcomes of cancer treatment. Assesses sexual function, fertility, and relationship issues that may be affected by cancer. Conducts systematic focused physical examinations for patients with a diagnosis of or at risk for cancer using advanced techniques. Communicates orally and in writing the results of health assessment, including physical exam findings. Formulates differential diagnoses based on health assessment. Identifies risk factors, appropriate diagnostic studies, pathophysiology, and treatment of differential diagnoses. Interprets results of diagnostic studies, communicating results appropriately. Identify cancer stages and appropriate cancer treatments, cancer and treatment related symptoms, and oncologic emergencies, referring to interdisciplinary team as appropriate. Formulate appropriate treatment plans for specific patients based on relevant assessment data and national guidelines. Manage patients with anxiety, depression, crisis,loss, or grief situations based on psychosocial assessment referring as appropriate. Encourage behavioral change, helping patient to overcome potential barriers.
Comments: to GC for review 11/2/09; Approved by GC 11/16/09; to SCNS liaison 11/29/09. Note Course Description and Objectives listed reflect the revised information. SCNS approved 12/9/09, effective 1/2010. Posted in banner 12/11/09
- Department and Contact Information
Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted 2223 2009-10-22 Department College Budget Account Number Nursing NR HSC 006201 10000 Contact Person Phone Denise Maguire 813/9749962 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Course Information
Prefix Number Full Title NGR 6223L Practicum II in Advanced Oncology Nursing Practice Is the course title variable? N Is a permit required for registration? N Are the credit hours variable? N Is this course repeatable? If repeatable, how many times? 0 Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option 3 I - Internships (Including Practicum) S - S/U Only Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum) Prac II Adv Oncology Nursing Course Online? Percentage Online C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0
NGR 6140, NGR 6172, NGR 6002C, NGR 6121, NGR 6737, NGR 6800, NGR 6080, NGR 6220, NGR 6221, NGR 6222L, , and NGR 6240 (proposed)
THIS COURSE PROVIDES CLINICAL EXPERIENCES IN ADVANCED ONCOLOGY NURSING PRACTICE WITH A FOCUS ON THE APPLICATION OF THEORETICAL AND CONCEPTUAL KNOWLEDGE AND RELEVANT TO ADULTS WITH CANCER OR AT RISK FOR CANCER
A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.
B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?
C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)
A terminal degree in the field
- Other Course Information
n/a - see revised objectives in change box
B. Learning Outcomes
Given placement in an appropriate clinical setting, students will:
1. Demonstrate proficiency in obtaining problem-based health histories and their documentation.
2. Identify potential interactions of over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, nutritional supplements, and complementary and alternative therapies that may influence patient safety or the outcomes of cancer treatment.
3. Assesses sexual function, fertility, and relationship issues that may be affected by cancer.
4. Conducts systematic focused physical examinations for patients with a diagnosis of or at risk for cancer using advanced techniques.
5. Communicates orally and in writing the results of health assessment, including physical exam findings.
6. Formulates differential diagnoses based on health assessment.
7. Identifies risk factors, appropriate diagnostic studies, pathophysiology, and treatment of differential diagnoses.
8. Interprets results of diagnostic studies, communicating results appropriately.
9. Identify cancer stages and appropriate cancer treatments, cancer and treatment related symptoms, and oncologic emergencies, referring to interdisciplinary team as appropriate.
10. Formulate appropriate treatment plans for specific patients based on relevant assessment data and national guidelines.
11. Manage patients with anxiety, depression, crisis,loss, or grief situations based on psychosocial assessment referring as appropriate.
12. Encourage behavioral change, helping patient to overcome potential barriers.
C. Major Topics
No topics as this is a practicum.
E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases
Students are encouraged to use medical reference software for PDA/Smartphones in the clinical setting.
F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy
Clinical: Evaluation of individual students based upon attainment of individual written learning contract objectives, including feedback from preceptor, Oncology Nursing clinical faculty advisor, and student self-evaluation = 85%.
Seminar: Self, peer, and faculty critique of case study presentations, development of professional portfolio, and active participation in class discussion/seminar = 15%.
Patient safety and welfare are the most critical criteria of the clinical rotation. If at any time during the clinical rotation the student places the patient in an actual or potentially hazardous or unsafe situation or the faculty judges the student to be deficient in clinical competence for patient care responsibility, the student will fail the course regardless of previous clinical performance. Students who receive an unsatisfactory grade for their clinical performance may be dismissed from the program, regardless of academic standing in other classes.
PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR. Students are representatives of the USF College of Nursing. They are expected to be respectful of preceptors, faculty, staff, patients, and patients’ families. Reports of unprofessional behavior will result in the student being counseled by the course faculty, major advisor, and associate dean and may result in an unsatisfactory grade for the course, removal from the clinical site, and/or dismissal from the program.
G. Assignments, Exams and Tests
Clinical: Each student's practicum will involve a unique set of experiences planned by the student in conjunction with faculty and preceptor. The student will write her/his own clinical objectives in such a way that they will be able to demonstrate attainment of course objectives. Student contracts will include objectives, learning activities designed to help the learner meet the objectives, and methods of evaluating attainment of objectives. The contracts must be approved and signed by the student, preceptor, and faculty prior to the beginning of each clinical experience.
The clinical requirement for this course is 166 clinical hours and 14 hours of seminar. Any hours missed in seminar must be made up in practicum. Total clinical hours must add up to a minimum of 180 hours.
It is expected that each student coordinate with her preceptor regarding days and times that the student will be in practicum. A written schedule of when you will be in practicum should be developed, signed by you, your preceptor and your clinical instructor with copies given to your preceptor and clinical instructor. Changes to that schedule should be made in advance. If you are ill or an emergency arises which keeps you from being able to be in practicum when you are committed to be there, a phone call to your preceptor and clinical instructor is required.
Seminar: Two hour clinical seminars during which the students will discuss case studies, evaluate presentations that reflect the course concepts and objectives and discuss issues related to advanced nursing practice. Students will develop a professional portfolio which illustrates individual experience, education, and accomplishments. Seminar hour requirement for this course is 14 hours.
Students are expected to be developing their documentation skills during the entire semester. Students are required to submit one (1) set of documented patient encounters (copy of your actual clinical charting) during the semester. These patient encounters must be written in soap note format. (Additional SOAP notes may be required at the discretion of the instructor). The patient encounter charts MUST include three (3) interval visits and one (1) complete history and physical examination. Students will delete all patient identification from those charts. Submit only those aspects of the interaction that you actually performed or participated in. Student signatures must be legible and be signed as “RN, NP student”.
H. Attendance Policy
Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,
Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/acadaf/gc10-045.htm)
In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.
Attendance in seminar is mandatory. Every effort should be made to avoid missing seminar should be made.
I. Policy on Make-up Work
If it more than one seminar is missed, arrangements for make-up should be made with the instructor.
When a student cannot attend clinical on a day that it is scheduled, the preceptor and course faculty must be notified immediately. The student must negotiate with the preceptor to make up missed clinical hours and will present the course faculty with a written plan to complete the lost clinical time.
Knowingly falsifying any document related to clinical practice will result in course failure and possible dismissal from the program due to academic dishonesty.
Any rounding up of clinical hours, ie. Counting 3.5 hours as 4, will be considered academic dishonesty and will result in failure of the course and possible dismissal from the program. Submitting any written materials prepared by another and represented as your own will result in course failure and possible dismissal from the program due to academic dishonesty.
J. Program This Course Supports
Oncology Nurse Practitioner
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