Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Block Schedule and Textbooks

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

VUSN reserves the right through its established procedures to change this schedule as course requirements dictate.

For questions contact Specialty Director Brian Widmar or by phone: 615-875-8799

Please Note: The dates on this block schedule are for FULL TIME students. PART TIME students may not be required to be in class for the full block.

2019 - 2020 Block Schedule

New students, please remember mandatory orientation on August 19-20 . Students moving from the Pre-Specialty year into the Specialty year are only required to attend the afternoon session (beginning at 1 PM) on August 20.

New two-year part time students are required to attend the mandatory orientation on August 19-20, as well as the first day of classes (Wednesday, August 21 from 8AM until 12PM central). Part time students will only be required to attend block sessions during their clinical course sequence. Please note, if an elective course is taken during the first year of a two-year part time plan of study, on-campus attendance may be required.

Fall 2019 

Block 1: August

Date Time Course Location
Monday August 19 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Orientation  
Tuesday August 20 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Acute Care Orientation Student Life Center
Wednesday 8/21 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM 6102: Adv Physio & Patho Orientation/Class Nursing Annex 155
  1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 6103: Adv Pharmacology Orientation/Class Nursing Annex 155
Thursday 8/22 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 6114: Patho & Collab Management Orientation/Class Frist Hall 140
  1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 6105: Adv. Health Assessment Application Orientation/Class Frist Hall 140
Friday 8/23 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM 6101: Advanced Health Assess Application Orientation/ Class Nursing Annex 161
  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM AGACNP Electives Presentation (lunch provided) Nursing Annex 161
  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CELA Tour  

Block 2: September

Date Time Course Location
Monday 9/9 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM 6101: Lab Assessment  SON 437, Nursing Annex 164, 167
  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM 6105: Introduction to Simulation SON 437
Tuesday 9/10
 
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM 6105: Simulations/Debrief Nursing Annex 161
Wednesday 9/11 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM 6105: Skills: Airway Lab Frist Hall 140
  1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 6103: Sanford Guide Review Frist Hall 140
Thursday 9/12 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 6105: Ventilator Lab Nursing Annex 165
  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 6105: Trach Lecture Nursing Annex 165
  1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 6105: Lecture: Central lines Nursing Annex 165
Friday 9/13 Open Day    

Block 3: October

Date Time Course Location
Monday 10/7 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM 6101: Lab Assessment Nursing Annex 161, 164, SON437
  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM 6105: Hospital Experience  
Tuesday 10/8 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM 6105: Simulations/Debrief  
Wednesday 10/9 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM 6101: CELA Head to Toe Exam  CELA
  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 6105: Basic Dysrhythmias Drop-in (Optional) Nursing Annex 161
  1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 6105: Ultrasound Workshop Nursing Annex 161

Thursday 10/10

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM 6101: CELA Head to Toe Exam CELA
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM 6105: Skills Lab: LP/Paracentesis Nursing Annex 161
  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM 6105: Open Skills Lab/Ultrasound Practice Nursing Annex 160, 164
Friday 10/11 Open Day    

Block 4: November

Date Time Course Location
Monday 11/11 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM 6101: Abnormal/Variance Experience   
  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 6105: Skills Lab: Chest Tubes/Thoracentesis  Nursing Annex 166, 160, 161
  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 6105: Skills Lab (Arterial/Venous Central lines) Nursing Annex 166, 160, 161
Tuesday 11/12 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM 6101: CELA Make/ups/Class  
  10:00 AM – 11:30 AM 6105: CXR Interpretation Nursing Annex 161
  12:00 PM – 4:00 PM 6105: Hospital Experience Nursing Annex 161
Wednesday 11/13 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM 6101: GTA/MUTA  
  8:00 AM – 4:00 PM 6105: Simulations   
Thursday 11/14 TBA ACLS via Heartcode  
Friday 11/15 Open Day    

Spring 2020

Block 1: January

Date Time Course Location
1/6 7am-3pm Non-experienced RNs in ICU w/ faculty  
1/7 7am-3pm Non-experienced RNs in ICU w/ faculty  
1/8 8am-12pm
1-4pm
6124 Orientation + class
Electives
 
1/9 8-9am 6115: Course Orientation  
1/10 8am-1pm 6115: Suture/Cadaver Lab (see schedule)  

Block 2: February

Date Time Course Location
2/11 TBA Open day. Some electives may meet this day  
2/12 TBA Electives  
2/13 8am-12pm
1-5
12-lead EKG in-class review (attendance mandatory)
6115: AG-ACNP Lecture Series
 
2/14 8am – 5pm Simulation/debrief
Open Procedure Lab
 
2/15 8am-1pm 6115: Suture/Cadaver lab (see schedule)  

Block 3: March

Date Time Course Location
3/10   Open day. Some electives may meet this day  
3/11 TBA Electives  
3/12 8-12 6115: Conference Presentations  
  1-5 6115: AG-ACNP Lecture Series  
3/12 8am-5pm 6115: Simulation/debrief
Open Procedure Lab
 
3/15 8am-1pm Suture/Cadaver lab (see schedule)  

Summer 2020

Block 1: May

Date Time Course Location
5/18 8-12 6134: Lecture-Procedural Sedation/Compassion Fatigue  
  1-3  6195: Simulations  
5/19 8-2 6195: Simulations with individual debrief  
  2-3 Open procedure practice lab
6195: Group debrief
 
5/20   TBD-somewhere we can fit in poverty simulation or a capstone disaster simulation.  
5/21      
5/22      

Please note: Local Students: Clinical Practicum Starts June 3

Block 2: July

Date Time Course Location
7/29 8am-5pm Capstone AG-ACNP Simulations  
7/30 8am-12pm 6195: Clinical Presentations  
  1-5pm  6195: Course wrap-up  

2018 - 2019 Block Schedule

Summer 2019

  • May 6 – 8 
  • July 31 – August 2

Textbooks

FALL 2019

Course Instructor Required Materials Recommended Materials
6045: Professional Formation 1: Roles and Contexts for Advanced Nursing Practice S. Karp, PhD, RN, CPNP
A. Parrish, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, GNP-BC, FNAP

Melnyk, B.M., & Fineout-Overholt E. (2015). Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISBN-13: 978-1451190946
ISBN-10: 1451190948

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) Washington DC:  American Psychological Association.
ISBN-13: 978-1433805615
ISBN-10: 1433950618

Christenbery, T. L. (2018). Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing: Foundations, Skills, and Roles. Springer Publishing Co.
ISBN: 978-0-8261-2742-6
Excellent resource, edited by one of VUSN's very own faculty, with many chapters written by VUSN faculty, which also address the essential competencies we cover in the Professional Formation course series.

Tracy, M. F., & O'Grady, E. T. (2018). Hamric & Hanson's Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach 6th ed. St. Louis, MO. Elsevier Health Sciences.
ISBN: 9780323447706
Another excellent resource that addresses and defines the essential APN core competencies, along with specific content on multiple specialties

6101: Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning J. Wilbeck, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP

Bickley, L.S. & Szilagyi, P.G. (2016). Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking (12th ed.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN: 9781609137625

Burns, S.M., & Delgado, S. (2016). Acute & Critical Care Nurse Practitioner: Cases in Diagnostic Reasoning (1st ed.). McGraw-Hill. ISBN 9780071849548

Stern, S., Cifu, A., & Altkorn, D. (2014). Symptom to Diagnosis: An Evidence Based Guide (3rd ed.). Lange/McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 978-0071803441 The 2nd edition is available electronically via the Eskind Digital Library

Fischbach, F. & Dunning, M.B. (2017). A Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests (10th ed.). Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. ISBN: 9781496377128 The 8th edition is available electronically via the Eskind Digital Library

LeBlond, DeGowin, & Brown. (2014). DeGowin's Diagnostic Examination (10th ed.). McGraw- Hill. ISBN: 9780071814478 (9th edition in Eskind Library)

Sullivan, D. D. (2012). Guide to Clinical Documentation (2nd ed.). F.A. Davis. ISBN: 9780803625839

Tierney, L.M., & Henderson, M.C. (2012). The Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach. (2nd ed.). McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 9780071624947

6102: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner M. Shifrin, DNP, ACNP-BC
C. Cook, DNP, ACNP-BC
Hall, J.E. (2015). Guyton and Hall: Textbook of medical physiology (13th Ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders/Elsevier. Vanputte, Regan, & Russo. (2017). Seely's Anatomy & Physiology (11th Ed.) New York: McGraw Hill

Optional Text
McCance K.L. & Huether S.E. (2018). Pathophysiology: The biologic basis for disease in adults and children (8th Ed.) St. Louis: Elsevier

6103: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics M. Gooch, DNP, AC/F/ENP-BC, ENP-C Rosenthal, L (2018). Lehne's Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Providers (18th Ed.). Elsevier

Katzung, B (2018). Basic & Clinical Pharmacology (14th Ed.) McGraw Hill

Gilbert, D (2019). Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy (Pocket Edition). Antimicrobial Therapy

 
6105: Advanced Health Assessment Applications for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP S. Bryant, DNP, ACNP-BC

AACN & Wiegand, D.L. (2018). Procedure Manual for Critical Care (7th ed.). Sauders/Elsevier. ISBN 9780323376624

Huff, J. (2016). ECG Workout: Exercises in Arrhythmia Interpretation (7th ed.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 9781469899817

Stern, S., Cifu, A., & Altkorn, D. (2014). Symptom to Diagnosis: An Evidence-Based Guide (3rd ed.). Lange/McGraw-Hill. ISBN 9780071803441

Sullivan, D. (2011). Guide to Clinical Documentation (2nd ed.). F.A. Davis. ISBN 9780803625839

Bickley, L.S. (2016). Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking (12th ed.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 9781469893419

Fischbach, F. & Dunning, M.B. (2017). A Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests (10th ed.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 9781496377128

LeBlond, DeGowin & Brown. (2014). DeGowin's Diagnostic Examination (10th ed.). McGraw-Hill. ISBN 9780071814478. On-line version of the textbook is available via the Eskind Digital Library at: http://accessmedicine.com/
resourceTOC.aspx?resourceID=534

Tierney, L.M. & Henderson, M.C. (2012). The Patient History: Evidence- based Ap

6114: Pathophysiology and Collaborative Management in Acute Care for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I B. Widmar, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, CNE, FAANP

Papadakis, MA, McPhee, SJ et al. (2019) Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment (58th ed.).  McGraw-Hill. ISBN-13: 978-1260117431

Kollef, M. (2017). The Washington Manual of Critical Care (3rd edition). Wolters-Kluwer. ISBN: SBN-13: 978-1496328519

McCance K.L. & Huether S.E. (2018). Pathophysiology: The biologic basis for disease in adults and children (8th Ed.) St. Louis: Elsevier

APA (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (10th ed.) American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. ISBN 9781433805615

Lehne's Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Providers; ISBN-13: 9780323447836

Hall, J.E. (2015). Guyton and Hall: Textbook of medical physiology (13th Ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders/Elsevier.

Vanputte, Regan, & Russo. (2017). Seely's Anatomy & Physiology (11th Ed.) New York: McGraw Hill

Bickley, L.S. & Szilagyi, P.G. (2016). Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking (12th ed.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN: 9781469893419

Fischbach, F., & Dunning, M.B. (2018). A Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests (10th ed.). New York: Lippincott. ISBN: 9781496377128.