The Adult Health Nurse program is designed to prepare registered nurses to provide general care for adult patients. This program frequently includes in depth instruction in adult primary care, clinical management of medication and treatments, adult pathophysiology, patient referral, patient assessment and education, and planning adult health maintenance programs.
Adult Health Nursing programs are offered at the bachelor’s and master’s degree level, but typically only as a master’s degree–and applicants are required to have bachelor’s degree in nursing. The program is both practical and theoretical with the end objective of preparing nurses to be advanced practitioners within their field. While a large part of the core curriculum involves clinical work, students will also be trained in nursing education. Some fo the objectives of the program include the following:
- provided advanced nursing care to patients in variety of medical setings
- design and implement health care programs for entire populations
- develop unique and effective interventions to each clinical outcomes
- work as part of and advanced health care team to implement best practices and achieve optimal outcomes
- develop research models that support new and innovative health care practices, products and tools
- mentor and educate other nursinng staff; assist in addressing problems
Most programs require that students complete a clinical practicum under the direction of a qualified nurse or medical professional. Students who graduate from this program can become a licensed adult health nurse specialist (CNS) in their state. They may also qualify to sit for the national CNS in Adult Health certification exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Some of the courses you might expect to take a student include:
- Clinical Assessment
- Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing
- Research Methodology
- Theory and Research Application
- Nursing Ethics
- Nurse Educator Role
- Strategies for Teaching Nursing
- Nurse Educator Practicum
- Nursing Theory
- Nursing Leadership
- Nursing Research
Depending on the school, Adult Health Nurse programs typically range from 35 to 40 semester credit hours. Below are colleges and universities providing majors, degrees, and training programs in Adult Health Nursing.