This program is a blend of the existing Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing programs. The RN/B curriculum will be truncated by several courses whose content will be covered in the Master’s materials. After the third semester in the course of study below, students will be eligible to transfer into the existing Master of Science – Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems program, which incorporates the advanced roles of clinician, researcher, learner/educator/coach, leader, community advocate, manager of systems, collaborator, and consultant. The Master’s prepared nurse requires clinical and organizational decision-making skills based on critical thinking, evidence-based research, and diagnostic reasoning. The nurse prepared at the advanced level synthesizes elements of caring into the nurse-client relationship within practice based on advocacy, as well as ethical, social, legal, political, and historical perspectives. Emphases are placed on client empowerment with unconditional regard for all. The advanced practice role includes an advanced clinical component such as nurse practitioner or the clinical nurse specialist (CNS). The nursing role specialty includes a continuation of nursing knowledge in nursing leadership or nursing education.. Students who choose to progress into the graduate program will have the opportunity to select one of several tracks.
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