MSN PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

 

The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is to prepare registered nurses for advanced practice in the areas of health systems leadership and nursing education.

 

Graduates of the program will be able to:

 

1. Utilize theoretical models, information systems and technology to perform effectively in a variety of nursing practice, leadership, and educational roles. (competence and critical thinking).

 

2. Critically appraise original research for practice implications in the context of evidence-based practice.

 

3. Examine influences on nursing practice and education, including social, economic, ethical, legal, and cultural diversity issues (conscience and critical thinking).

 

4. Implement evidence-based practice competencies to achieve quality outcomes and enhance nursing care delivery, leadership and education (critical thinking).

 

5. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in implementing changes and making decisions in the delivery of healthcare or in nursing education (change and critical thinking).

 

6. Develop and implement practice, leadership, management, and teaching strategies for the improvement of healthcare or nursing education (commitment).

 

7. Communicate effectively using a collaborative approach to improve nursing education, the quality of professional nursing practice and the healthcare system (collaboration and communication).

 

8. Attain a level of scholarship congruent with preparation for doctoral study (commitment).

 

9. Practice nursing in leadership and education roles in a manner that reflects caring as the essence of nursing (caring).

 

10. Engage in advanced nursing practice that reflects a holistic view of self and others and respect for diverse cultures ((holism).

 

Approved 9/23/05 by Graduate Faculty