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RN-MSN Purpose and Outcomes

The purpose of the RN-MSN program is to provide associate-degree and diploma RNs with 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

  • Integrate knowledge and skills from the liberal arts, sciences, nursing and other disciplines into professional nursing practice.
  • 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.
  • Integrate current evidence from nursing research and other credible sources into professional nursing practice.
  • 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.
  • Apply knowledge of health care policy, finance and regulatory environments to professional nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate effective inter- and intra-professional communication and collaboration skills in the delivery of evidence-based, patient-centered care across health care environments.
  • Implement strategies to facilitate health promotion, disease prevention and health restoration of individuals, families and populations across the lifespan.
  • Assume accountability for professional values and behaviors.
  • 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

  • Apply broad, organizational, patient-centered, ethical, and culturally responsive concepts into daily practice.
  • 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.
  • 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

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

Essential IV: Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice

  • Apply translational research in the practice setting through problem identification, systematic inquiry and continuous improvement processes.

Essential V: Informatics and Health Care Technologies

  • Utilize current technologies to deliver, enhance and document care across multiple settings to achieve optimal outcomes.

Essentials VI: Health Policy and Advocacy

  • 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

  • Lead and coordinate interdisciplinary teams across care environments to reduce barriers, facilitate access to care and improve health outcomes.