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The following courses in the School of Nursing are offered to interested medical students. For more information, contact faculty of record.

NURS 633a, Health Promotion in Infants and Children 2 credit hours. This course is designed to introduce the student to the primary care of children from infancy through adolescence. Key aspects of health promotion and disease prevention in culturally diverse pediatric populations are discussed within the context of the national health agenda. Health risks and behaviors of diverse populations are explored to determine culturally sensitive interventions. Clinical applications of concepts, theories, current health policies, and evidence-based best practice guidelines related to well child care are presented. Required for pediatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner students in the first year of specialization; open to others with permission of the instructor. Two hours per week. M. Meadows-Oliver

NURS 723a/HPM 592a, Concepts and Principles of Aging 1.5 credit hours. This multidisciplinary course is designed to introduce students to the major concepts and principles of gerontology and to a variety of biopsychosocial theories on aging. Delivery systems of care for older adults are explored along with the current social policy initiatives as they relate to this growing population. Research initiatives are discussed, and students are encouraged to explore geriatric care issues in their own specialty/discipline as well as in related disciplines. Required for gerontological nurse practitioner students; open to others with permission of the instructor. One and one-half hours per week. G. Marrocco

NURS 733b/REL 977b, Living with Dying 1.5–3.0 credit hours. This course develops students’ cultural and gender awareness, understanding, and competencies in creating environments to relieve suffering for individuals and their families who have experienced a death or are caring for someone who is dying. Emphasis is on nonpharmacologic interventions to relieve suffering, including spiritual, interpersonal, and sociocultural. The course is structured with the premise that relief from suffering, meaning, and transcendence at the end of life are best achieved and understood through the interpersonal use of narrative techniques, like storytelling, to facilitate communication. One and one-half hours per week. R. McCorkle

NURS 769a, Advanced Concepts and Principles of Diabetes Care 2 credit hours. This seminar focuses on the concepts and principles of diabetes managed care based on the annually updated American Diabetes Association Standards of Care. It includes principles of primary care (screening, early detection, intervention, and patient education), secondary care principles related to diabetes management (various treatment modalities, patient education, and self-care), and tertiary care related to complications. These concepts and principles of care are presented relative to type of diabetes (type 1, type 2, gestational, diabetes in pregnancy, and secondary), age, developmental stage, duration of disease, and ethnicity. A multidisciplinary approach to care issues is emphasized, incorporating the contributions of other disciplines in the collaborative management of diabetes. Important aspects of living with a chronic illness such as psychological, social, occupational, and economic are also emphasized. Required in the final year for all students in the diabetes care concentration. Two hours per week. V. Jefferson

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