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Amy D. Boitnott

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Nursing
Department: School of Nursing
Office location and address
McLeod 4006
202 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Dr. Boitnott is the coordinator of the PNP-Primary Care program. As a DNP graduate, she combined both her practice and research, focusing on behaviors contributing to childhood obesity. She is also engaged in interprofessional research throughout UVA, working with School of Medicine faculty, to determine the clinical practice outcomes in collaborative standardized patient scenarios between SOM clerkship students and graduate family and pediatric nurse practitioner students.

A faculty affiliate for Youth-Nex, the Center to Promote Effective Youth Development at the UVA Curry School of Education, her research explores the effect of family engagement on youngsters' health in collaboration with students from nursing, exercise physiology, nutrition and kinesiology.

Dr. Boitnott earned a BSN from James Madison University, an MSN as a family nurse practitioner from Virginia Commonwealth University, and both a DNP and a post-masters certificiate as a pediatric nurse practitioner from UVA.

Her clinical practice began in pediatric critical care and continues today in pediatric primary and specialty care. A nurse practitioner in the Children’s Fitness Clinic at UVA, she cares for children who are overweight or obese and the many concurrent conditions that accompany this chronic illness.  As a provider-educator, she precepts and trains students from across Grounds and around the Commonwealth, including undergraduate nursing students, FNP and PNP students, medical students and residents, DNP students, dietician interns and exercise physiology and kinesiology students.

USEM 1570: University Seminar
Credits: 2–3
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NUCO 3310: Patient-Family Centered Care: Pediatric Nursing
Credits: 4
This course addresses nursing care of pediatric patients, up to 21 years old. Students will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to patients requiring medical and/or surgical treatment, with particular focus on the impact of developmental level on the patient's adaptation to medical illness, surgical events and psychological influences. The child as an integral member of the family is emphasized throughout all content areas.
GCNL 5120: Clinical Practice & Decision-Making: Nursing Care of Children & Families
Credits: 3
This course provides opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the unique biopsychosocial needs of growing children and adolescents, and their families. Clinical experiences in community-based and acute care settings focus on applying the principles of family-centered care and offer opportunities to provide nursing care to children and families that promotes health and prevents illness and injury. Prerequisites: GNUR 6010 and GCNL 5110.
GNUR 6020: Advanced Pharmacology
Credits: 4
This course is designed to review, expand, and update the advanced practice nurse student's knowledge of general pharmacology and therapeutics. The action and interaction of the most commonly used drugs in advanced clinical nursing practice settings will be covered. Prerequisites: GNUR 6010, one year of relevant clinical experience, and admission to NP or CNS program.
GNUR 6027: Advanced Pharmacology Specialty Seminar
Credits: 1
This seminar is designed to build the knowledge and skills of the APRN student in the use of appropriate pharmacotherapy for the treatment of conditions and diseases relevant to their specialty practice using a systems-based approach. Using a case-based format, students will apply advanced pharmacologic principles and published guidelines to inform clinical therapeutic decision making and to avoid medication related adverse effects.
GNUR 6120: Clinical Decision Making in Advanced Practice Nursing
Credits: 2
This purpose of this course is to build on foundational knowledge gained in pathophysiology, pharmacology and advanced health assessment. The learning experiences are intended to foster progression from a focus on gaining theoretical knowledge to the synthesis and application of that knowledge in the advanced clinical practice role. Prerequisite: GNUR 6010, 6020, 6025.
GNUR 6620: Seminar I: Pediatric Health and Wellness
Credits: 2
This course focuses on 1) disease prevention, health promotion and health maintenance for infants, children, adolescents and their families, 2) nursing and medical management of select childhood illnesses. Prerequisites: GNUR 6010, 6020, 6026.
GNUR 6630: Women and Children Primary Care Practicum
Credits: 1
This course provides clinical experiences with women and children that build on basic concepts and skills used by nurse practitioners in the delivery of primary health care including health promotion, risk reduction and management of common acute health problems. Direct guidance and supervision is provided by physicians and nurse practitioners at the clinical sites under the overall direction of the faculty. Prerequisites: GNUR 6620 or GNUR 6640
GNUR 6651: PNP-PC Seminar I
Credits: 3
This course focuses on the prevention and management of clients' common acute health problems. The role of the nurse practitioner in primary health care is explored. Models of collaboration and referral are critically analyzed. Breakout sessions will be held for specialty groups. Prerequisite: GNUR 6620 or GNUR 6110
GNUR 6652: PNP-PC Seminar II
Credits: 3
The management of chronic illnesses across the lifespan. Health maintenance and rehabilitation issues are addressed. Prerequisite: GNUR 6651 or GNUR 5671.
GNUR 6653: PNP-PC Practicum I
Credits: 5
This course provides clinical opportunities for PNP-PC students to synthesize and apply didactic content covered in all pre- and co-requisite courses. Students develop their history-taking and physical examination skills in the clinical setting. Role integration begins. Direct guidance and supervision is provided by NPs, physicians, and PAs at the clinical sites in collaboration with clinical faculty. Prerequisite: GNUR 6620.
GNUR 6654: PNP-PC Practicum II
Credits: 5
This course provides clinical experiences for PNP students to synthesize and apply didactic content covered in all pre- and co-requisite courses. Role integration continues. Students refine their development of differential diagnoses & determine appropriate management plans as guided by current evidence & standards of care. Direct supervision is provided by NPs, physicians, & PAs in collaboration with clinical faculty. Prerequisite: GNUR 6653.
GNUR 6993: Independent Master's Study
Credits: 1–4
Individually planned study in nursing specialty, administration, education, or research. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
GNUR 8998: Masters Research
Credits: 1–6
Credit taken concurrentlyw ith master's coursework as approved by the faculty.
GNUR 9600: DNP Practicum
Credits: 1–9
DNP practicum builds upon master's level advanced nursing competencies by supporting the DNP students' transition to expert doctoral nursing practice and students' achievement of AACN DNP Essentials and DNP-APRN Competencies. Students are expected to advance to a higher level of expertise and demonstrate leadership in practice and scholarship.
GNUR 9610: DNP Practicum I: Development of the Scholary Practice Project Proposal
Credits: 1–4
This course is the first of three practica in which students will complete a minimum of 224 practice hours as they continue to build upon advanced nursing competencies to expand knowledge for expert nursing practice. Students are expected to enhance clinical reasoning, practice and/or systems management skills in their specialty practice area. Students finalize the scholarly practice project.
GNUR 9630: DNP Practicum III: Evaluation and Dissemination of the Scholarly Pratice
Credits: 1
This course is the third of three practica in which students will complete a minimum of 56 practice hours as they continue to build upon advanced nursing competencies to expand knowledge for expert nursing practice. Students are expected to enhance clinical reasoning, practice and/or systems management skills in their specialty practice area. In DNP Practicum III, students evaluate and disseminate their scholarly practice project.
GNUR 9991: Capstone
Credits: 6
The DNP program culminates in the successful completion of a scholarly project, which is designed by the student in collaboration with a 3-member committee that includes a chair, a faculty member and a clinical expert . Prerequisite: DNP standing
GNUR 9998: Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
Students register for GNUR 9998 concurrently with course work until the dissertation proposal is successfully defended. Credits from non-topical research are not counted in the total program hours of credit. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty advisor.