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  • RN-MSN Purpose and Outcomes

    The purpose of the RN-MSN program is to provide associate-degree and diploma RNs a flexible program of study that will allow them to continue to meet work and other obligations while pursuing graduate education. Graduates of the RN-MSN program will meet the standards and program outcomes for baccalaureate and master's nursing education and receive the MSN degree.

    Baccalaureate program outcomes

    1. Integrate knowledge and skills from the liberal arts, sciences, nursing and other disciplines into professional nursing practice.
    2. Apply knowledge and skills of organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement and patient safety to improve patient-care outcomes in diverse populations and health-care settings.
    3. Integrate current evidence from nursing research and other credible sources into professional nursing practice.
    4. Integrate information management and patient-care technologies into the delivery and evaluation of high-quality, safe, patient-centered care in a variety of health-care settings.
    5. Apply knowledge of health-care policy, finance and regulatory environments to professional nursing practice.
    6. Demonstrate effective inter- and intra-professional communication and collaboration skills in the delivery of evidence-based, patient-centered care across health-care environments.
    7. Implement strategies to facilitate health promotion, disease prevention and health restoration of individuals, families and populations across the lifespan.
    8. Assume accountability for professional values and behaviors.
    9. Deliver comprehensive patient and population-centered care that reflects baccalaureate generalist nursing practice across the health-illness continuum and health-care environments.

    MSN program outcomes

    Essential I: Background for Practice from Sciences and Humanities
    Essentials VIII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving Health
    Essentials IX: Master’s-Level Nursing Practice

    1. Apply broad, organizational, patient-centered, ethical, and culturally responsive concepts into daily practice.
    2. Demonstrate theoretical knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to advanced role practice in nursing for analysis of clinical problems, illness prevention and health-promotion strategies.
    3. Utilize quality processes to evaluate outcomes of aggregates and monitor trends in health care.

    Essential II: Organizational and Systems Leadership
    Essential III: Quality Improvement and Safety

    1. Analyze the impact of systems on patient outcomes.
    2. Demonstrate leadership in providing quality cost-effective care, with management of human, fiscal and physical resources.

    Essential IV: Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice
    1. Apply translational research in the practice setting through problem identification, systematic inquiry and continuous improvement processes.

    Essential V: Informatics and Health-Care Technologies
    1. Utilize current technologies to deliver, enhance and document care across multiple settings to achieve optimal outcomes.

    Essentials VI: Health Policy and Advocacy
    1. Articulate change within organizational structures of various health-care delivery systems to impact policy, financing and access to quality health care.

    Essentials VII: Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
    1. Lead and coordinate interdisciplinary teams across care environments to reduce barriers, facilitate access to care and improve health outcomes.