Medical Surgical CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist)

NURS 512: FAMILY NURSING THEORY (3 credits)
This course examines the contemporary family's structure, function and process. Various theoretical frameworks and models are explored and applied to nursing assessment of and intervention with the healthy and high-risk family system in a variety of clinical settings. Students utilize a wellness approach to optimize health within a developmental framework and promote family resilience and adaptation throughout the life span. Psychosocial, cultural, economic, gender, and spiritual variables and their impact on family life are analyzed. Pre/corequisites: None. Fall semester.
Back to Program of Study

NURS-607: ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT (3 credits)
In this second course in the advanced practice nursing series, the focus in on advanced health assessment skills with an emphasis on the concepts of health promotion, risk management, and disease prevention. The student continues to examine the role of the clinical nurse specialist and the nurse practitioner in the delivery of health care services for the individual and family. Course work, clinical conference activities, and clinical assignments specific to the specialty population enhance the student's history taking and physical assessment skills as well as critical thinking and decision-making skills essential for planning, delivering, and evaluating health care across the life cycle. Pre/corequisite: APN I, NURS 616, NURS 640. Spring semester.
Back to Program of Study

NURS-621: CLINICAL PATHOPHYSIOLOGY (4 credits)
This course focuses on the causality of alterations in human physiologic function across the lifespan. Normal physiology and pathological phenomena produced by altered states of health across the lifespan are contrasted. The human physiologic responses to these altered states are related to pertinent diagnostic values, tests, and methods. This course serves as a basis for subsequent courses that deal with the clinical diagnosis and management of health problems. Pre/corequisite: Matriculated graduate status. Fall semester.
Back to Program of Study

NURS-640: PHARMACOLOGY (3 credits)
An integrative approach to pharmacology is emphasized. The principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and toxicology are presented. The characteristics of the major drug classifications and clinical practice implications are addressed as well as the legal and regulatory implications of drug administration and the essentials of prescription writing. The opportunity to explore related topics alone or in a group is provided, e.g., substance abuse, self-medication with over-the-counter drugs, drug therapy for pain management, drug therapy in a specialty area (maternal, pediatric, gerontologic health care), and alternatives to drug therapy. Pre/corequisite: Matriculated graduate status; NURS 622. Spring semester.
Back to Program of Study

NURS 650: INTRODUCTION TO CNS COMPETENCIES: PATIENT AND NURSING SPHERES (4 credits)
This course introduces the APN student to the advanced practice role of the medical-surgical clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in the delivery of health care to adults and their families within a specialty area. Emphasis is placed on competencies needed in the patient and nursing spheres. Individually designed clinical practica provide the student with the opportunity to choose and develop a specialty area as the student learns the process of becoming a CNS. Emphasis will be placed on developing a knowledge base in an area of specialty. Course work, classroom activities, and clinical assignments enhance the student's critical thinking and decision-making skills. Pre/corequisites: NURS 607, NURS 616. Spring semester.
Back to Program of Study

NURS 670: CNS SELECTED PHENOMENA PATIENT AND NURSING SPHERES (4 credits)
This course focuses on selected phenomena of concern to all CNSs. The spheres of influence that are emphasized are the patient and nursing spheres. Individually designed clinical practica provide the student with the opportunity to apply nursing models and culturally appropriate evidence-based interventions to facilitate the well being of the client. Students continue to expand their expert knowledge base in a specialty area. Course work, classroom activities, and clinical assignments enhance the student's critical thinking and decision making skills. Pre/corequisites: NURS 640, NURS 650. Fall semester
Back to Program of Study

NURS 675: ADVANCED CNS COMPETENCIES: ORGANIZATIONAL SPHERE ( 5 credits)
This course is the culminating experience in the development of the advanced practice role of the medical-surgical clinical nurse specialist (CNS). Theoretical concepts of organizational systems and health care policy and politics are applied to the advanced practice setting to identify and solve complex health problems. Higher level competencies necessary for the CNS are practiced that target the three spheres of influence. The student masters the process of becoming an expert in a specialty area. Individually designed practica in selected clinical areas provide the student with the opportunity to apply nursing models and culturally appropriate evidence-based nursing interventions to facilitate change within a system. Students continue to expand their expert knowledge base in a specialty area. Course work, classroom activities, and clinical assignments enhance the student's critical thinking and decision-making skills. Pre/corequisites: NURS 670. Spring semester
Back to Program of Study

Barbara A. Black, RN, ANP, MS, MA
Barbara A. Black, RN, ANP, MS, MA
Director of Post Master's Advanced Certificate Program

Scott Jessie
“The best advice I ever received was to go back to school. Benefits from working at Upstate University Hospital allowed me to earn my BS and MS in Nursing for free. An advanced Nursing education opens new doors, gives you a much more comprehensive skill set and dramatically improves your practice.”

— Scott Jessie RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, BS (2003); MS (2007) RN Critical Care Nurse Manager Surgical/Trauma ICU