Summer 2020

NURS 6130-001 Nurse Practitioner Conceptual Basis for Advanced Practice Nursing

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NURS 6130-001 Nurse Practitioner Conceptual Basis for Advanced Practice Nursing

Welcome to your NURS 6130 course: This course serves as an introductory toolbox for practice and socialization into your new professional role as Nurse Practitioners, and health care leaders in your communities. All students and faculty are expected to be active and present for all 5 very active, largely participatory meetings, where you will engage and teach one another as well as learn from experts in a mixed teaching/learning format. 

Course Dates: The course is on the following Tuesdays; June 2, 9 16, 23 and June 30, 2020

Time: 1:00-3:50 pm (CANVAS conference, times may vary) 

Place: School of Nursing online in course CANVAS conference


Ms. Rita Hannah (Coordinator), Dr. Bertha Flores, (Coordinator)


Rita K. Hannah, MSN, APRN, CPNP, FNP-BC (Class Coordinator)

Assistant Professor, Clinical


Cell Phone:  (210) 279-8084 (text first)

Office Phone: (210) 567-9360

Office Room: 2.364

Office Hours:  Online, By Appointment

Office of Faculty Excellence

Dr. Bertha E. Flores, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC

Assistant Professor, Clinical


Office Phone:  (210) 567-7101

Office Room: 2.648

Office Hours:  Online,  By Appointment

Office of Faculty Excellence


The purpose of this course is to provide a conceptual basis for advanced practice nursing.  Students examine nurse practitioner competencies with emphasis on acquiring knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles in healthcare deliver, health policy, and complex healthcare systems.  Research and quality improvement mechanisms to implement change are explored.


Credit hour allocation: 1 semester credit hour
Clock hour allocation: 15 clock hours class


Graduate standing


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. Compare and contrast the historic role of the nurse practitioner with other members of the interprofessional health care team. (Essentials VII, IX)
  2. Analyze inter/intra disciplinary, collaborative, and collegial healthcare team functioning as it relates to APN practice.
  3. Examine complex and advanced leadership roles for nurse practitioners to initiate and guide change in healthcare systems. (Essentials II, VI, IX)
  4. Apply ethical frameworks to the analysis of complex healthcare problems in culturally diverse patients. (Essentials I, II, VIII)
  5. Analyze the entities and issues that govern professional scope of practice in various contexts. (Essential IX)
  6. Examine the role of the nurse practitioner in the development of health policy. (Essential VI)
  7. Analyze the impact of healthcare economics and healthcare financing on advanced practice.


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)



Weight %

Online Discussions


APRN Resume



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 7th 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 ( and the following points of conduct.

School of Nursing Netiquette Guidelines for Online Interaction

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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: 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:


Stewart, J., & DeNisco, S. (2019). Roledevelopment for the nurse practitioner (2nd Ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones andBartlett Learning.


Grace, P. (2018). Nursing ethics andprofessional responsibility in advanced practice (3rd Ed.). Burlington, MA:Jones &Bartlett Learning.


  1. Historical and Future Perspectivof the APRN role

  2. Entry into practice  

  3. APRN Scopof Practice

  4. Prescriptive Authority, DEA, and Collaborative Agreements

  5. APRN leadership role in health care changes 

  6. APRN policy and the legislative process

  7. Ethics in Advanced Nursing Practice 

  8. Ethical frameworks applied to culturally diverse vulnerable populations

  9. Risk Management and Quality and Safety of the APRN practice

  10. Coding and billing for services

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.






Week 1




Entry into Advanced Practice Nursing

Prep for class:  

--Readings and any links

--Module 1



Dr. Penny Flores & Rita Hannah: Course Introductions

Rita Hannah: Entry into Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Licensure Checklist; Certification, NPI, DEA License Prescriptive Authority Agreement and Collaborative Agreement.


Readings to be completed before class:


Stewart & DeNisco, 2019:

--Historical Perspectives: The Art and Science of Nurse Practitioners,  Chap 1: 3-28 (25 pages).

--Chap 16: 367-381  (14 pages).


--READ Any Additional Articles in Canvas Module


Assignment:   Resume Assignment  

Due Date To Be Determined

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