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Barbara B. Cochrane
NURS 540
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems

Guided survey of the experimental literature of major topics in physiological nursing, including cardiopulmonary, biology of aging, neuromuscular, cancer, and endocrine. Conducted as a seminar with analysis and discussion of selected topics and readings. Implications for future research and healthcare emphasized.

Class description

Physiological aspects of aging by body system and key concepts related to older adults' health (e.g., frailty, activities of daily living, geriatric pharmacy, nutrition, pain management, sexuality, sleep, successful aging). Relevant research is discussed and critiqued. Functional implications of these changes are addressed, along with implications for nursing practice and research.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

A fully online, distance-learning class with videostreams (lectures by experts in the field), textbook and online readings, asynchronous discussions. Course website to be available.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Students will choose a specific topic of interest related to a biological/health change in older adults, plan and facilitate an online discussion forum on the topic, and prepare a final paper that addresses the physiological and functional aspects of the topic.

Evaluation strategies include two online exams, facilitating a discussion forum, participating in online discussions, and a paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Barbara B. Cochrane
Date: 06/04/2009