Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Description

We are sorry to inform you that the Adult-Gerontology CNS concentration has been closed. Please feel free to review our other program offerings to meet your educational needs.

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) focus on providing care to adults experiencing physiologic problems and related social and behavioral concerns.  Expert knowledge and advance practice concepts are applied to the care of individuals, families, and groups.

Adult-Gerontology CNS Patient Care Focus

  • Assess symptoms, functional problems, and risk behaviors
  • Differentiate between disease and non-disease based illness
  • Implement pharmacologic and other interventions
  • Coordinate care transitions among health care settings and providers
  • Collaborate with other professionals to organize and integrate interventions
  • Design and implement programs of care for specific populations
  • Create innovative educational programs for patients, families, and groups
  • Identify researchable clinical problems

Adult-Gerontology CNS System Influence Focus

  • Identify care problems associated with existing nursing practice
  • Design and implement programs to meet competency needs of nursing personnel
  • Use creative problem solving to discover new alternatives to system problems
  • Work within systems to improve nursing practice
  • Develop innovative, cost-effective patient programs of care
  • Create and advise system-level policies
  • Use aggregate data for evaluation and decision making

The concentration is based in theory and research, and includes clinical practice, education, consultation, and systems thinking. Students are expected to complete the concentration within five (5) years. Students have the option of attending either full-time or part-time. Most courses are scheduled in the evening or online. 

Adult-Gerontology CNS concentration includes 42 credits, with 504 clinical hours. The curriculum develops core Adult-Gerontology CNS advanced practice nursing competencies. Students may decide the focus of clinical courses, such as oncology, neurology, cardiology, orthopedics, gerontology or others. The concentration director will help students design clinical experiences.

Students are eligible to take the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist certification exam through the American Nurse Certification Corporation upon completion of the program.

Admission

Eligibility

We are sorry to inform you that the Adult-Gerontology CNS concentration is currently not accepting applications. Please feel free to review our other program offerings to meet your educational needs.

To be eligible to apply to this graduate nursing concentration, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1

Be a bachelor prepared nurse, having earned a BSN in nursing from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for your baccalaureate degree and any subsequent graduate work

2

Be a Registered Nurse with an unencumbered license, having a minimum of two years full time experience

3

Apply to Wright State Graduate School.

The application to the Graduate School must contain:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Professional statement: The professional statement is a narrative discussion of professional experience, past scholarly activities, future scholarly endeavors, and future career trajectory. State (no more than 250 words)
5

Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation, an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and (if applicable) the state in which you reside for background check. Please be aware that background checks may take up to 30 days to process.  It is in your benefit to complete the background check one month prior to the College of Nursing and Health application deadline. Background checks can be done in the Educational Resource Center at 116 Allyn Hall. The results must be sent to Zane Jacks, College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435. Information on the background check can be found here (pdf).

Application Deadlines are December 15 and May 15.

Keep in mind that it takes 2-6 weeks to process an application in the Graduate School. Once all your application materials have been received, you will be contacted to interview with the director of the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration.

Curriculum

We are sorry to inform you that the Adult-Gerontology CNS concentration is currently not accepting applications. Please feel free to review our other program offerings to meet your educational needs.

Core Courses
  • NUR 7001 Role Development and Leadership - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7003 Health Policy, Politics and Issues - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7005 Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice - 3 credit hours
  • HLT 7510 Biostatistics for Healthcare - 3 credit hours
    *if applicant has not successfully completed graduate statistics within five years of applying
Supporting Courses
  • NUR 7102 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for Advanced Nursing Practice - 3 hours
  • NUR 7103 Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7104 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan  - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7105 Population Health - 3 credit hours
Track Courses
  • NUR 7421 Adult-Gerontology I - 6 credit hours
  • NUR 7422 Adult-Gerontology II - 6 credit hours
  • NUR 7423 Adult-Gerontology III - 6 credit hours

NUR 7001 Role Development and Leadership (2 credit hours): This course focuses on understanding and synthesizing concepts and theories that will facilitate professional role development and leadership in advanced nursing roles.

NUR 7003 Health Policy, Politics and Issues (3 credit hours): Critical analysis of public policies and issues affecting nursing and health care delivery. Encompasses economic, political, social, technological, ethical and legal influences on consumers and health care providers from a global perspective.

NUR 7005 Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice (4 credit hours): Critical analysis of the components, methodology, and state of the art of research for nursing to plan change for best practice.

NUR 7102 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours): An in-depth scientific knowledge base is explored relevant to selected pathophysiological states across the lifespan confronted by graduate nurses. This course provides a basis for the foundation of clinical decisions related to selected diagnostic tests and the initiation of therapeutic regimens. Pathophysiology is correlated to clinical diagnoses and management.

NUR 7103 Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan (3 credit hours): Focuses on prescriptive knowledge of pharmacologic agents used in treatment of common primary health care problems, stable chronic disease states and acute care diseases across the lifespan. Emphasis on indications, mechanisms of action, drug interactions, side effects, and client education.

NUR 7104 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3 credit hours): Application of cognitive processes and psychomotor skills needed for comprehensive health assessment. Emphasis is on health history; physical, developmental, and nutritional assessment; and identification of common client problems across the life span.

NUR 7105 Population Health (3 credit hours): This course synthesizes methods of population assessment and planning to construct population-appropriate interventions for health care delivery systems. The focus is on safe, quality, and culturally-appropriate advanced nurse practice activities to meet emerging world needs.

NUR 7421 Adult-Gerontology I (6 credit hours): This clinical course provides students the opportunity to examine and apply CNS theory to practice and enables students to develop strategies to overcome barriers to safe, quality healthcare devliery. Students acquire knowledge and skills characteristic of CNS practice as it relates to clinical judgment, facilitation of learning, advocacy, moral agency, caring practice and response to diversity.

NUR 7422 Adult-Gerontology II (6 credit hours): Students focus on further development of the knowledge and skills related to the core competencies of the clinical nurse specialist. Students will acquire leadership skills in the development of system-wide policy. There will be a focus of advocating for the individual, family, and population of interest within the context of clinical practice and policy development.

NUR 7423 Adult-Gerontology III (6 credit hours): This clinical course expands on the synthesis and application of theory to clinical nurse specialist practice. Further development of clinical decision-making in an inter-professional copmlex environment is emphasized.

Contact Information

We are sorry to inform you that the Adult-Gerontology CNS concentration is currently not accepting applications. Please feel free to review our other program offerings to meet your educational needs.

Concentration Contact:

Anne Russell, Ph.D., RN, CNS-BC
Title: Director, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration
Email: anne.russell@wright.edu
Phone: (937) 775-2647
Fax: (937) 775-4571

General Contact Information:

Wright State University
3640 Col. Glenn Highway
Graduate School
344 Student Union
Dayton, OH  45435
(937) 775-2976

College of Nursing and Health
Phone: 
(937) 775-3131
Fax: (937) 775-4571