Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Family Nurse Practitioner

Highlights

  • Direct contact with expert faculty in the field of family advanced practice nursing
  • Prepares the student for primary care management of patients and families across the lifespan
  • Small student-to-faculty ratio
  • Individualized student advisement
  • Internal transfers are not allowed

Goals

  • Educate family nurse practitioners who will provide leadership in developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions which promote the highest possible quality of life for children, adolescent, adult and older adult patients, their families, and communities.
  • Develop evidence-based knowledge that advances patient-centered, family-centered, primary care practice for patients and their families across the lifespan.
  • Prepare graduates to act as change agents in healthcare settings to promote quality, safety, and cost-effective outcomes.
  • Provide direction for the development of innovative primary care programs that address the healthcare needs of diverse populations, especially those in medically underserved urban and rural communities.

Practicum opportunities

  • Clinical placements are arranged by faculty.
  • Outstanding clinical placement opportunities are available throughout the tri-state area and include:
    • Premier primary care, ambulatory care, teaching centers (e.g. Bassett Medical Center, Community Healthcare Network, Mt. Sinai Medical Center (MSMC), NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC), NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), Montefiore Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Health System (NYPHS), North Shore – LIJ Health System).
    • Select community-based private practice clinical sites supportive of the Family Nurse Practitioner primary care role.

Program outcomes

  • The NYU Rory Meyers Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program prepares graduates to be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) FNP Certification Exam as well as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) FNP Certification Exam.

Core Courses (12 credits)

Course Number Course Title Credit Term
NURSE-GN 2005 Intro Stats Health Profs 3 Summer, Fall, Spring

The syllabus for N41.2005 is intended for graduate students in nursing. The course provides the foundations necessary to understand elementary biostatistics and applications of biostatistics in the medical literature. It will concentrate on the interpretation and comprehension of graphical and statistical techniques that are essential components to medical research. The ability to understand basic arithmetic and high school algebra is required.

NURSE-GN 2303 Research in Nursing 3 Summer, Fall, Spring

This graduate research course is designed to develop the role of the advanced practice nurse, midwife, educator, administrator, or informatics specialist as a competent research consumer. An evidence-based practice paradigm is used to promote acquisition of information literacy and critical appraisal skills which, combined with clinical judgment and patient preferences, support evidence-based decision making.

NURSE-GN 2041 Issues and Trends in Nursing and Health Care 3 Fall, January, Spring

In this course, students analyze current political, social, and economic issues and trends that affect health care delivery, nursing, and health policy. The course focuses on the United States and includes global issues that affect health care systems and delivery of care. Students develop strategies for collaborating with individuals and organizations in efforts to enhance health equity and the quality of care for patients and populations of diverse racial, ethnic, gender, and other identities. The course covers credentialing of advanced practice nurses and its importance in providing high quality care. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to develop and pursue their professional goals in terms of participation and leadership in professional organizations, engaging in civic participation, and obtaining and using health policy evidence and information to advance health equity. Coursework entails individual and group assignments in both synchronous and asynchronous modes. This is a required core course for all master’s students at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and open to other NYU graduate students with permission of the instructor.

NURSE-GN 2011 Apn: Pop Focus Care 3 Summer, Fall, Spring

The Population-Focused Care course explores advanced practice nursing at community and population levels. Nursing contributions to core public health functions and essential public health services are considered in the context of theoretical frameworks for health communication and behavioral change to develop programs to improve the health of populations. Data sources for community health assessment and epidemiologic analyses are examined. Cultural and political competencies are also addressed.

Advanced Core Courses (12 credits)

Course Number Course Title Credit Term
NURSE-GN 2050 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Fall, Spring

This course provides students with the opportunity to deeply explore core pathophysThis course provides students with the opportunity to deeply explore core pathophysiological concepts that provide a strong foundation for advanced practice. The aim is to expand on knowledge of the pathogenesis of health problems across the life span. Pathophysiology is integrated with a developmental perspective to facilitate an in-depth understanding of functional and dysfunctional integration of organ systems in the human. Clinical situations designed to illustrate specific concepts are presented during the lecture and in-class student discussions.iological concepts that provide a strong foundation for advanced practice. The aim is to expand on knowledge of the pathogenesis of health problems across the life span. Pathophysiology is integrated with a developmental perspective to facilitate an in-depth understanding of functional and dysfunctional integration of organ systems in the human. Clinical situations designed to illustrate specific concepts are presented during the lecture and in-class student discussions.

NURSE-GN 2021 Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Lifespan 3 Fall, Spring

The goal of this course is to prepare the advanced practice nurse to prescribe pharmacotherapies that improve patient care outcomes. . The student will learn to integrate his/her knowledge of basic pharmacology and pathophysiology with advanced pharmacotherapeutic principles to enhance treatment decisions and prescribe medications for the prevention and treatment of disease. Various methodologies will be used to allow the student practice in incorporating patient history, assessment, and diagnoses with consideration of the best, safest and most effective pharmacy The goal of this course is to prepare the advanced practice nurse to prescribe pharmacotherapies that improve patient care outcomes. . The student will learn to integrate his/her knowledge of basic pharmacology and pathophysiology with advanced pharmacotherapeutic principles to enhance treatment decisions and prescribe medications for the prevention and treatment of disease. Various methodologies will be used to allow the student practice in incorporating patient history, assessment, and diagnoses with consideration of the best, safest and most effective pharmacy options. An emphasis on critical analysis of the evidence according to evidence-based principles and subsequent application of the evidence into the medical and treatment plans will be fostered. Critical decision analysis will assist the student to evaluate and revise treatment plans to improve patient care.

NURSE-GN 2031 Advanced Physical/Health Assessment across the Lifespan for Family Nurse Practitioners 3 Summer, Fall

This graduate level course provides the theoretical and clinical foundation for advanced comprehensive assessment of the health status of individuals and families across the lifespan. Building on undergraduate preparation, principles of complex interviewing and history-taking, advanced physical assessment skills, diagnostic reasoning, psychosocial, cultural, developmental and environmental assessments are presented. Didactic, clinical laboratory and clinical experiences emphasize techniques for discrimination and analysis of common normal and abnormal findings, as well as methods for presentation and documentation of findings. Theoretical contexts of health promotion are discussed and applied to clinical findings.

NURSE-GN 2013 Contemp Clin Pract Roles 3 Summer, Spring

The role of the Advanced Practice Nurse, (APN) with a systematic introduction to direct client care and practice management is explored. Introduction to the role of the advanced practice nurse, and the Nurse Practitioner (NP) as clinician, advocate educator, collaborator, and leader is initiated. Autonomous and collaborative practice will be emphasized. Concepts applicable to working with culturally diverse and underserved individuals and families through skills related to leadership, communication, change management, evidence based practice, and ethical decision making are addressed. Selected nursing models will be used to support role implementation in a variety of settings including those for the delivery of primary care, acute care, ambulatory care and long term health care.

Population Component (30 credits)

Course Number Course Title Credit Term
NURSE-GN 2036 Health Promotion across the Adult-Older Adult Lifespan 3 Fall

This course provides an introduction to theoretical, developmental, and clinical issues relevant to advanced nursing practice in the care of adults and older adults. It is designed to enable students to develop the necessary knowledge base and skills for evidence-based practice as advanced practice nurses. Social, political, cultural, and ethical issues that influence access and utilization of health care are explored and health belief models are incorporated. Health promotion and disease prevention concepts and strategies will be emphasized. Family theory aThis course provides an introduction to theoretical, developmental, and clinical issues relevant to advanced nursing practice in the care of adults and older adults. It is designed to enable students to develop the necessary knowledge base and skills for evidence-based practice as advanced practice nurses. Social, political, cultural, and ethical issues that influence access and utilization of health care are explored and health belief models are incorporated. Health promotion and disease prevention concepts and strategies will be emphasized. Family theory and adult development within the context of cultural diversity will also be addressed.

NURSE-GN 2178 Primary Care of Families: Health Promotions of Infants, Children and Adolescents 3 Fall

This course introduces the theoretical, developmental, and clinical issues relevant to family nurse practitioner care of infants, children and adolescents. The focus of this course is health promotion and disease prevention, and the individual, familial, cultural, community and societal factors that influence health. It is designed to enable students to develop the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge base for evidence-based practice as family nurse practitioners. Interventions by family nurse practitioners that promote optimal health and well-being are applied to commonly encountered issues of growth and development throughout infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Social, political, economic, cultural, and legal-ethical issues that influence growth and development, access to care, inter-professional collaboration and utilization of health care are explored. Health behavior models, risk reduction models and family theories are introduced and incorporated into health promotion interventions. A clinical component allows students to apply theoretical foundations in clinical settings.

NURSE-GN 2033 Common Health Problems Across the Adult Lifespan for Family Nurse Practitioners 3 Spring

This course is designed to enable students to develop the necessary knowledge base and problem-solving skills for practice as nurse practitioners. Course content will focus on the methodologies used to diagnose and treat common health problems and the educational and counseling components of care. Students are expected to critically appraise current research concerning diverse populations of adults and older adults to form the basis of assessment, intervention, and evaluation.

NURSE-GN 2060 Mental Health Across the Lifespan 3 Summer, Spring

This course presents theoretical perspectives on common mental health problemson a continuum from psychological distress to psychiatric disorder, including substance use disorders, experienced by adolescents, adults and older adults. Social, biological and psychological, genetic and environmental factors influencing individuals, families and groups that contribute to risk for illness will be examined in special needs, underserved and vulnerable populations. The influence of cultural beliefs and provider and consumer attitudes will be analyzed as shaping factors in the assessment, diagnosis, nursing and medical management of psychiatric disorders. Pharmacologic, interpersonal, neuro-modulation and alternative treatment will be analyzed for best practices in individual and population-focused care. The course highlights the roles of the direct provider delivering advanced practice level, comprehensive, inter-professional care to patients with complex primary and co-occurring disorders in a range of settings.

NURSE-GN 2180 Primary Care of Families:Child & Adolescent Health 3 Spring

This course leads to mastery of the competencies required for advanced primary care of individuals from birth through adolescence within the family and socio-cultural context. Selected nursing models and concepts will be used to formulate evidence-based approaches to the most common presenting pediatric and adolescent problems encountered in primary care. This course contains both lecture content and a clinical practicum in the outpatient setting.

NURSE-GN 2181 Primary Care of Families: Women's Health 3 Summer

This course develops entry level competencies required for advanced primary and reproductive health care of women across the lifespan from abroad socio-cultural perspective. Evidence-based approaches to common gynecologic and obstetric issues are presented. A clinical component allows the student to apply theoretical foundations in advanced nursing practice in clinical settings.

NURSE-GN 2182 Primary Care of Families: Adult & Geriatric Health 3 Fall

This course is designed to enable Family Nurse Practitioner students to develop the necessary knowledge base and problem-solving skills for diagnosing and treating conditions that adults and older adults present with in acute care, long-term care, and primary care settings. Course content focuses on the methodologies used to diagnose and treat acute and chronic complex health problems in adults and older adults. The leadership role of the advanced practice nurse, case load management, interdisciplinary collaboration, regional and national resources, consideration of learning needs and ethical concerns in working with adult and older adult clients and their families is emphasized. Students are expected to critically appraise current research concerning diverse populations of adults and older adults to form the basis of assessment, intervention, and evaluation.

NURSE-GN 2183 Primary Care of Families: Adult & Geriatric Health Practicum 3 Fall

The leadership role of the family nurse practitioner (FNP) in the primary care setting is analyzed as a framework for managing the healthcare needs of adults and older adults with complex health problems. Acute and chronic health care needs of individuals, families and communities are assessed, diagnosed, managed and evaluated using evidence-based best practices. Emphasis is placed on the leadership role of the FNP in providing ethical, culturally competent and collaborative health care, yielding quality and cost-effective outcomes.

NURSE-GN 2184 Primary Care of Families Across the Lifespan 3 Spring

This course focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, management and evaluation of complex health problems in individuals and families across the lifespan in primary care settings. Students apply critical thinking skills and evidence-based clinical decision-making competencies to formulate comprehensive differential diagnoses and develop management plans with outcome criteria for clients and their families. Students combine the advanced practice roles of clinician, educator, advocate, and leader to design and evaluate therapeutic interventions that utilize a variety of treatment modalities. Individual, family and community health needs areaddressed utilizing a population focused framework.

NURSE-GN 2185 Primary Care of Families Across the Lifespan Praticum 3 Spring

The leadership role of the family nurse practitioner (FNP) in the primary care setting is analyzed as a framework for managing the healthcare needs of individuals and families across the lifespan with complex health problems. Acute and chronic health care needs of individuals, families and communities are assessed, diagnosed, managed and evaluated using evidence-based best practices. Emphasis is placed on the leadership role of the FNP in providing ethical, culturally competent and collaborative health care, yielding quality and cost-effective outcomes.