12: School of Graduate Nursing
General Information |
M.S. in Nursing |
Post Master's Programs
Ph.D. in Nursing |
Course Descriptions |
Characteristics of Graduates |
Academic Regulations |
Clinical Nurse Specialist Tracks |
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Tracks |
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track
Health Systems Management Track |
M.S.N.-M.B.A. Joint Degree Program
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 M.S.N. 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 nursing
- Use ethical principles to guide decision-making in nursing practice.
- 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, cost
- Contribute to the development of peers, colleagues and others to
improve patient care and foster the growth of professional nursing.
- 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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