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Clareen A. Wiencek

Professor
Program Director
Unit: School of Nursing
Department: School of Nursing
Office location and address
McLeod 4007
202 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

An acute care nurse practitioner, an advanced certified hospice and palliative care nurse and a long time critical care nursing alumnus, Clareen Wiencek -- current past-president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the largest specialty nursing organization in the world -- has been an associate professor at UVA since 2015 where she directs the School's masters and DNP programs.

With a BSN from the University of Cincinnati and a masters (med-surg nursing) and PhD from Case Western Reserve University, Wiencek is a passionate advocate for teaching palliative care to nursing students at all levels. Before her arrival at UVA, she was nurse manager at the Thomas Palliative Care Unit at VCU Health System, program director at VCU's Center for Integrative Pain Management, and an NP at University Hospital's Case Medical Center in Cleveland.

GNUR 6050: Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
Credits: 3
This course focuses on the specialized knowledge in nursing including nursing theory, ethical principles, historical perspectives, and aesthetics. Emphasis is placed on relating these dimensions to the student's professional nursing practice. The role of praxis, empirics, ethics, and aesthetics in theory development is studied. The course goal is to prepare practitioners of nursing to interpret current literature of nursing and its application. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
GNUR 6056: Health Policy: Local to Global
Credits: 3
This course provides an overview of policy decisions related to the organization, financing, and delivery of health care. Social, ethical, and political issues that affect the delivery of health and nursing services are analyzed. Roles and influences of providers and consumers of health care, as well as government and entrepreneurial interests, are examined. Emphasis on the impact of policy decisions on nursing practice and health services. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
GNUR 6315: Adult Geriatric Acute Care Seminar II
Credits: 3
This course examines guideline-supported evidence for advanced disease management of the acute/critically/chronically ill adolescent and adult including the frail elderly. The course reinforces the case based learning approach for commonly encountered problems. The course examines advanced health promotion and disease prevention management strategies, and advanced approaches to evaluate outcomes of interventions.
GNUR 6455: Finance & Resource Management
Credits: 3
Course emphasizes use of quantitative analysis in support of data based management decisions. The context of decision-making will be from the perspective of health care providers, managers, and planners. Data based decision-making is made based on resource allocation at the individual, unit, organizational, and population level analysis. The use of data to influence quality decisions relevant to clinical and administrative managers is the focus. Prerequisite: GNUR 6470 or 8650 and 6450
GNUR 6559: New Course in Graduate Nursing
Credits: 1–3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in Graduate Nursing
GNUR 6640: Women's Health Seminar
Credits: 2
This course focuses on health promotion and the management of illnesses affecting women from adolescence through older adulthood. Prerequisites: GNUR 6010, GNUR 6020, GNUR 6025, GNUR 6120
GNUR 6993: Independent Master's Study
Credits: 1–4
Individually planned study in nursing specialty, administration, education, or research. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
GNUR 7312: AG ACNP Practicum I
Credits: 5
The first APN preceptorship, for ACNP and CNS students, focuses on the acquisition of expert clinical knowledge in a specialty and the diagnostic and decision-making skills necessary to function in an acute care environment. The focus is on the student's specialty and on the cardiac and pulmonary systems and management of medical patients. (280 clinical hours) Prerequisite: All core and APN courses of the MSN Program, GNUR 6310 and 6315 (co-req).
GNUR 7314: AG ACNP Practicum II
Credits: 5
A culminating clinical experience in the role of ACNP or CNS, emphasizing clinical decision making in an interprofessional environment specific to the student's career goals and specialty interest. 280 clinical hours. Prerequisite: GNUR 7312.
GNUR 8240: Introduction to DNP Practice Inquiry & Scholarship
Credits: 2
This course builds upon master's level advanced nursing practice competencies by introducing the DNP student to expert doctoral nursing practice, AACN DNP Essentials, DNP-APRN Competencies, reflective practice, practice inquiry and scholarship. Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice, Quality Improvement frameworks and socialization to doctoral nursing practice is initiated. A foundation for DNP practicum self-assessments is introduced.
GNUR 8670: Resilient Leadership and Resource Management in Complex Healthcare Systems
Credits: 4
This course provides foundational knowledge so the DNP student will be a resilient leader in the translation of evidence into practice and in driving quality improvement in complex systems. Leadership and change theory, and data driven decision making will be integrated with self-leadership, resiliency, communication skills, and advocacy as the foundation for leadership in the practice setting. Data based resource management will be emphasized.
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 9620: DNP Practicum II: Implementation of the Scholarly Practice Project
Credits: 1–4
This course is the second 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. In DNP Practicum II students implement 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 9997: DNP Research
Credits: 1–12
Students register for GNUR 9997 until DNP Scholarly Practice Project is complete.
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.

President, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (2015-2017)

Nominee, Transformational Leadership, VCUHS Week of the Nurse (2013, 2014)

Recipient, Circle of Excellence Award, AACN (2010)

HCMC APN Clinical Excellence Award (2010)

Robert Gallienne Excellence in Critical Care Award, UHCMC (2008)

Dissertation research grant, Midwest Nursing Research Society (2008)

Educational scholarship, AACN (2006)