Spring 2018

NURS 6620-001 Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Diagnosis and Management for Aging Families: Clinical Application

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NOTE: Our campus has enabled the CANVAS MOBILE LEARN application. CANVAS tools such as discussions, quizzes or videos May or May NOT function on all mobile devices. This is because mobile devices are available with rapidly changing and different configurations. Hence, students must not depend on only a mobile device to access course materials. Students must have access to a laptop or desktop device to access course materials and complete assignments.

This course is Web Enhanced with WebCT icon
Please be sure to check the Current Computer Requirements

Link to Graduate Clinical Experiences and Typhon guidelines: http://nursing.uthscsa.edu/gradclinical/

 Wk 1 -Monday,

 January 9, 2017

On Campus - All Day

All NP tracks for Pre-Clinical Orientation


Pre-Clinical Orientation

0900 - 1030  Room TBA

Typhon Orientation

1045 - 1200

Split into NP Tracks

1. Go over specifics of course grading criteria

2  Meet clnical instructor and group, exchange contact information

3  Discuss current placement for each student for the semester

1200 - 1300 Lunch

1300 - 1700 HEB Skills Lab


Review Clinical Orientation Module:

1 Welcome & Clinical Course overview:  assignments, clinical hours, seminar hours

2  Clinical Expectations:

 IOR,MOA, preceptor Orientation, flexibility, contact information, professional dress, reference material, stethoscope, lab coat

3  Graduate Clinical Handbook:  expectations, policies, evaluations

4  How to present a patient:  role play of what not to do and then what to do

Download and Review the: Graduate Clinical Prewceptor, STudent and Faculty Handbook available at:

http://nursinguthscsaedu/students/Graduate_Preceptor Handbookpdf



FNP Coordinator

E-mail: millerkp@uthscsa.edu

Office Phone: (210) 567-3822

Cell Phone: (302) 530-9539

Office Room: NS 2.506

Office Hours: By Appointment

Office of Faculty Affairs and Diversity

Tracey Page, DNP, FNP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor
E-mail: paget@uthscsa.edu
Office Phone: (210) 567-6538
Office Room: 2.336
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-5pm

Wendy Lee, DNP, FNP-BC
Clinical Associate Professor
E-mail: leewj@uthscsa.edu
Office: 210-567-5102
Cell: 210-557-0976
Office Room: SoN 2.358
Office Hours: Tuesday. 1400-1700 & Thursday 1300-1700


The focus of this course is integration of the Family Nurse Practitioner’s (FNP) core knowledge in health promotion and diagnosis and management in the care of the mature and aging patient and families in the primary healthcare setting. Emphasis is placed on the care of mature and aging patients and families with acute and chronic complex health problems. In addition, the family nurse practitioner as a collaborative member of the interprofessional team will be emphasized.


Credit hour allocation: 6 semester credit hours
Clock hour allocation:
300 clock hours clinical practicum; 15 clock hours seminar



Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing Program (MSN) students will:

  1. Integrate scientific findings from nursing and related sciences, including genetics and genomics, into the delivery of advanced nursing care to populations in diverse settings.
  2. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership to assure ethical and critical decision-making at all systems’ levels for quality and patient safety.
  3. Incorporate performance improvement strategies for quality, safety, and patient-centered care delivery.
  4. Use improvement science to achieve optimal patient care and care environment outcomes.
  5. Integrate meaningful and usable information systems and healthcare technologies to support safe, quality patient care and healthcare systems effectiveness.
  6. Advocate for policy changes that influence healthcare at appropriate levels.
  7. Lead interprofessional teams using collaborative strategies to effect quality patient care and population health outcomes.
  8. Analyze and incorporate broad ecological and social health determinants to design and deliver evidence-based clinical prevention and population healthcare and services to individuals, families, and aggregates/identified populations.
  9. Integrate the advanced competencies expected of a master’s prepared nurse to design, deliver, and evaluate outcomes of systems of care for individuals, families, and diverse populations.


  1. Provide patient-centered care with emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, health protection, anticipatory guidance, counseling, disease management, and palliative care to mature and aging patients and families during transitions and life-style adjustments as an integral member of the interprofessional team (Essentials I, VIII, IX).
  2. Apply knowledge of acute and chronic illnesses to diagnose and manage mature and aging patients and families as health status varies (Essentials I, IV, IX).
  3. Use evidenced-based guidelines related to patient health, disease management and prevention to impact health outcomes in this diverse population (Essentials I, IV, IX).
  4. Use advanced diagnostic reasoning and differential diagnosis for disease management of the mature and aging patients and family (Essentials I, IV, IX).
  5. Integrate history and physical exam data with the knowledge of pathophysiology of acute and chronic diseases to develop appropriate differential diagnoses and initiate appropriate patient-centered interventions in this diverse population (Essentials I, IX).
  6. Incorporate traditional and complementary pharmacological interventions into the treatment and management of illnesses (Essentials I, IX).
  7. Integrate social, cultural, explanatory models and spiritual components in patient-centered plans of care for mature and aging patients and families (Essentials I, IX).
  8. Integrate ethical principles in decision-making and demonstrate core professional values in the implementation of the nurse practitioner role (Essentials I, VIII, IX). 
  9. Create a climate of patient-centered care to include confidentiality, privacy, comfort, emotional support, education, mutual trust and respect (Essentials II, IX).
  10. Use self-reflection to evaluate progress in professional development as an integral member of the interprofessional team (Essential II, VII, IX).


A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)


Criteria forEvaluation/Grades NP Track Spring Clinical Course




1. Faculty Evaluations (2)




Faculty will complete an Evaluation of the Student prior to Midterm and prior to Final.  Pass/Fail grade based upon student’s successful completion of the *Clinical Requirements (Preceptor Feedback, Clinical Hours, and Patient Encounters Summary) and the Faculty Site Visits.

2.  OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)


Must earn at least 70% to pass and begin clinicals.  Failure requires remediation and one opportunity to redo the OSCE.

3. Written Assignments


*Must earn 70% or better for all written assignments combined/averaged.


*SOAP Notes (3)







*Seminar Patient Case Presentations (2)







*Patient Management Paper (1)







*Patient Management Presentation (1)













Final Grade


Must pass all the criteria listed above to pass the course.


Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Students who are nurses or are preparing to enter the profession of nursing are expected to treat others with respect and compassion. “The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts. The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationships with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromise and to resolving conflict. This standard of conduct precludes any and all prejudicial actions, any form of harassment or threatening behavior, or disregard for the effects of one’s actions on others” (American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, Interpretive Statement 1.5).

The students, faculty, Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and the Dean of the School of Nursing of the University Texas Health Science Center San Antonio subscribe to the highest standards of conduct. Our aim is professional behavior beyond reproach. Failure to abide by the signed code of professional conduct may lead to suspension and/or permanent dismissal from the UTHSCSA SON. In particular, we subscribe to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses (http://bit.ly/1mtD5p2) and the following points of conduct.


School of Nursing Netiquette Guidelines for Online Interaction

Netiquette guidelines provide information for behaving properly online, when using email, tweets or texts so that you may successfully communicate your thoughts in a manner that is respectful and avoids misunderstandings with others.


Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.


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100 hours Adult Primary Care

100 hours Geriatric Care

100 hours Sub-specialty Care and/or Family Practice

300 Clinical Hours Total

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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