Spring 2022

NURS 6141-01 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Clinical Skills and Laboratory

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Brandi FarrellDNPAPRN, CPNP-AC, PC 
Assistant Professor / Clinical 
Email: farrellb1@uthscsa.edu 
Mobile Phone: 267-934-2960
Office Hours: by appointment 


In this course students examine the relationships between abnormal physiology and diagnostic testing and how to analyze, select, and interpret laboratory studies in the context of clinical decision making as a nurse practitioner. Students will apply their knowledge of physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, and evidence-based processes to diagnostic and therapeutic procedures performed by nurse practitioners specific to their scope of practice. 


Credit hour allocation: 1 semester credit hour
Clock hour allocation: 60 clock hours class


NURS 6338 Advanced Pathophysiology
NURS 6302 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
NURS 6210 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning
NURS 6110 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning: Clinical Application


Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program students will:

  1. Integrate nursing science, ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sources to provide the highest level of specialty nursing practices.
  2. Develop, implement, and evaluate healthcare practices in healthcare systems that ensure quality improvement and patient safety.
  3. Use analytic methods and evidence based practices to improve practice outcomes and the practice environment.
  4. Implement and evaluate ethical healthcare information systems and patient care technology to improve the quality of patient health outcomes and care systems.
  5. Advocate for healthcare practices that advance social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
  6. Employ interprofessional collaborative teams to improve patient and population health outcomes and healthcare delivery systems.
  7. Lead the integration and institutionalization of (evidence based) clinical prevention and population based health guidelines.
  8. Use clinical judgment, systems thinking, accountability, and specialized knowledge to design, deliver, and evaluate evidence based, culturally proficient care to improve patient, population, and health systems outcomes.


1.  Select laboratory and imaging studies and/or procedures based on history, physical exam, clinical indications, cost, and risk-benefit analysis according to evidence-based practice. (DNP Essentials III, VIII; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 2, Independent Practice 1, 2, 4)
2.  Perform selected procedures common to APRN practice. (DNP Essentials VIII; NONPF Competency: Independent Practice 1, 2, 4)
3.  Interpret results of laboratory diagnostic testing and radiologic findings to support clinical decision making. (DNP Essential VIII; NONPF Independent Practice 1, 4)
4.  Examine ethical, legal, and regulatory considerations related to selecting, collecting, and evaluating diagnostic tests and/or procedures. (DNP Essential II; NONPF Competency: Independent Practice 1, 3, 4)
5.  Collaborate with health care team members as necessary to select and perform appropriate diagnostic tests and/or procedures. (DNP Essentials III, VI, VIII; NONPF Competency: Independent Practice 1, 4)
6.  Appraise the reimbursement process for selected procedures/diagnostic tests and how it relates to ethical stewardship of health care resources to ensure sustainability and high quality patient care. (DNP Essentials II, VIII; NONPF Competencies: Ethics 1, 2, 3, Independent Practice 1, 2, 4)


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)


Quizzes   50% 
Written Assignments  20% 
 Lab Attendance/Participation  30% 
 Total                                                     100% 
*A cumulative grade of 80% or better is required to pass the course. 
Grading Scale 


  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 (http://bit.ly/1mtD5p2) and the following points of conduct.


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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: 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.


Colyar, M.R. (2020). Advanced Practice Nursing Procedures, 2nd ed. F.A. Davis: Philadelphia.  ISBN: 978-0-8036-9813-0 
Williamson, M.A. & Snyder, L.M. (2020). Wallach’s Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests, 11th ed. Wolters Kluwer: Philadelphia. 
Artegia Medical SuppliesComplete Suture Practice Kit for Suture Training.  Available online at amazon (link below). 


Herring, W. (2019). Learning Radiology, 4th ed. Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA. ISBN-13: 978-0323567299 
ISBN-10: 0323567290  This textbook has a supplemental website: http://learningradiology.com/index.htm 
Clinical Key by Elsevier available in UTHSA Library: 
Dermatology Website: http://www.meddean.luc.edu/lumen/MedEd/medicine/dermatology/melton/atlas.htm 
Pediatric Radiology Link to download free pdf chapters from Elsevier in the UTHSA Library: 
Patient Information on Medical Test from Medline Plus: https://medlineplus.gov/lab-tests/aldosterone-test/ 
Radiology Site: https://radiopaedia.org/ 
UpToDate: App is free through Library. Must be on campus for the initial download onto your device: https://www.uptodate.com/contents/search 


Module 1: Principles, Indications, Ethics, Legality, Costs and Regulatory Considerations of  Procedures and Diagnostic Tests  
Module 2: ECG Interpretation, Diagnostic Imaging Studies and Pulmonary Function Tests 
Module 3: Dermatologic & Orthopedic Procedures  
Module 4: Nurse Practitioner Track Specialty Skills 
Module 5: Laboratory Science 

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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

Class will be held in the HURD auditorium. 

1st day activities will include:

-Syllabus Review

- Principles, Indications, Ethics, Legality, Costs and Regulatory Considerations of Procedures and Diagnostic Tests

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