11: School of Graduate Nursing
General Information |
M.S. in Nursing |
Ph.D. in Nursing |
Course Descriptions |
Characteristics of Graduates |
Program Description |
Clinical Nurse Specialist |
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner |
Health System Management |
M.S.N.-M.B.A. Joint Degree
Post-Master's Primary Care Nurse
Post-Master's Acute Care Nurse
Nurse Practitioner Program Completion
Characteristics of Graduates
The disciplinary and professional domains of nursing give direction
to current and evolving nursing practice. Advanced practice nurses
demonstrate in-depth knowledge and skills in nursing and health
care systems with diverse populations. Components of their roles
are expert clinical practice, assessment of outcomes, research,
teaching, collaboration, and consultation within health care systems.
Nurses prepared through graduate nursing programs with advanced
practice knowledge, critical thinking and decision making skills
can function in a variety of nursing roles. Examples of such roles
include clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse educator/teacher,
and nurse manager/administrator. Nurses implementing these advanced
practice roles demonstrate specialized knowledge and skills. That
is, nurses engaged in advanced clinical practice conduct in-depth
assessments and demonstrate expertise in judgement and decision-making
for purposes of health promotion/disease prevention, intervention
and follow-up in specified populations. Implementation of a particular
role may emphasize some role attributes more than others, and reflect the advanced practice nurse's area of expertise.
As advanced practice nurses, graduates of the MSN program are
- Integrate theoretical and research based knowledge in an advanced
nursing practice specialty.
- Provide care and comfort to individuals, families and groups
experiencing complex health care needs.
- Provide care that reflects sensitivity to differences among
culturally and ethnically diverse populations.
- Assume a leadership role in establishing and monitoring standards
of practice to improve patient care in collaboration with other
- Use ethical principles to guide decision-making in nursing
- Evaluate clinical practice in relation to professional practice
standards and relevant statutes and regulations.
- Apply the research process to improve clinical practice and
contribute to knowledge development.
- Engage in self-directed and purposeful activities in seeking
necessary knowledge and skills to enhance career goals.
- Examine economic, political, and social forces affecting nursing
care delivery in complex health care systems.
- Promote multidisciplinary collaboration to insure quality,
- Contribute to the development of peers, colleagues and others
to improve patient care and foster the growth of professional
- Act as change agents to create environments that promote effective
nursing practice and patient outcomes.
These core characteristics are in accordance with professional
standards of advanced practice nursing specialties.
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