Adult and Elderly Nursing
The Department of Adult and Elderly Nursing (ADU) is comprised of faculty members whose nursing focus is adult and elderly nursing, research and practice. The department is responsible for teaching fundamentals of nursing courses, health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology and adult health nursing in the baccalaureate programs as well as the pathophysiology core course and adult health courses in the master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Faculty members in the ADU Department also teach other courses across all educational programs.
DNP degree tracks offered in the Adult and Elderly Department include the adult nurse practitioner and acute care nurse practitioner. In addition the department offers a web-based post-master’s acute care nurse practitioner option. Future plans include an oncology post-masters web-based option to begin Fall 2004.
The faculty of the ADU department, many of whom are regarded as experts in their respective areas, conduct research relevant to clinically diverse adult and elderly populations. Ongoing research includes investigations on but not limited to: pain in cognitively impaired elders, dyadic support for prostate and breast cancer patients, wound care, interventions for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease, complementary therapies, exercise and osteoporosis, cancer education, communication techniques for head and neck cancer patients, and biobehavioral interventions for hypertension.