In designing the 33-credit nurse educator track, the faculty's goal was to design a curriculum based on nursing theory, learning theory, and education and research principles to produce nurse educators who are effective in both the classroom and clinical areas. It was with this goal in mind that the program learning outcomes were designed based on the NLN's Core Competencies for Nurse Educators (2005). When designing the nurse administrator/leader track, we chose to follow the Nursing Administration: Scope and Standards of Practice (2009). The nurse administrator curriculum has an interdisciplinary focus with a foundation in nursing theory, leadership and management theory, organizational change theory, and organizational ethics with a strong emphasis on application of these principles in the two nursing administration courses. The Organizational Leadership Masters in Arts program offers four introductory courses. The content of these courses is foundational administration/leadership in multiple disciplines.
Student Learning Outcomes (Core):
Candidates who graduate from the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) program will:
- Analyze the impact of social, ethical, cultural, economic, and political influences on nursing education and/or nursing practice.
- Engage in scholarly inquiry to clarify and improve nursing education and/or nursing practice.
- Demonstrate legal and ethical accountability while in the role of nurse educator or nurse administrator.
- Function in the role of a nurse educator or nurse administrator upon graduation and exhibit a future commitment to excellence in nursing.
Student learning outcomes specific to nurse educator track
- Integrate epistemological perspectives from nursing science, education, and evaluation to design, implement and evaluate nursing curricula.
- Design, implement and evaluate teaching strategies for classroom and clinical arenas.
- Synthesize knowledge from nursing science and learning theory to demonstrate praxis of teaching in the classroom and clinical arenas.
Student learning outcomes specific to nurse leader/administrator track
- Provide leadership in the strategic planning of a health care organization and nursing services.
- Synthesize knowledge of evidence-based practice, quality improvement, models of care and evaluation of operations and care delivery systems to assure quality of nursing care.
- Provide leadership in human resources development and management to improve nursing care.
- Manage fiscal and technological resources to improve nursing care.
- Analyze the impact of public policy on the health of clients and health care organizations