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Master of Science in Nursing
The MSN program is designed for the registered nurse who has a bachelor’s degree in nursing or has experience in nursing leadership positions. Candidates for this program must be graduates of a nationally accredited nursing program. It is an accelerated, blended online program for nurses who want to attain a master’s degree. The program prepares nurses for advanced nursing roles with a sequence of core courses plus additional course work that allows students to specialize in one of four concentrations:
- Nursing Education
Nurses are prepared to function in academic, staff development, or patient education roles. The program provides an excellent foundation in nursing knowledge, leadership and research skills, and adult educational theory and strategies. For individuals who plan to teach nursing at a baccalaureate level, this program will prepare them for doctoral study.
- Nursing Administration
Nurses develop knowledge and skills to influence effective change in health care systems. The application of nursing and leadership theories, economic and finance principles, business management practices, and interdisciplinary collaborative strategies are explored.
- Parish Nursing & Missionary Nursing
Nurses are prepared to coordinate and educate interdisciplinary health ministry teams in local churches, church-related agencies or missions, and nongovernmental organizations both nationally and internationally. The relationship between faith and health is emphasized as Christian models of accessible, dignified, and culturally appropriate care for clients, families, and communities are explored.
MSN Program Outcomes
- Integrate skills in critical thinking, information management, and systematic inquiry into the advanced nursing practice role.
- Construct collaborative partnerships utilizing advanced communication to influence health care, health care policy and professional nursing practice.
- Synthesize knowledge from concepts theories, principles and research from nursing in the planning and delivery of holistic evidence based health care that is responsive to changing needs and societal trends for a multicultural population.
- Assume leadership, responsibility and accountability for value based decision-making in the advance practice role.
- Develop a conscious application and assimilation of the principles of Christian discipleship in the implementation of the advanced practice role.
Nurse Education Specialty
- Utilize critical thinking skills to integrate education theories, technology and professional standards into the design, implementation and evaluation of curriculum
- Determine interventions to evaluate learning and curricular outcomes in nursing education.
- Analyze ethical, political, organizational, cultural, technological, theological, and professional influences on nursing education.
- Develop research based educational strategies for multicultural diverse students.
- Integrate the principles of Christian discipleship and a Christian worldview into the development of nursing education systems.
Nursing Administration Specialty
- Utilize critical thinking skills to determine effective strategies that stimulate change with in nursing that lead to a more effective management of health care delivery systems
- Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams using advance communication to promote health care systems growth and effectiveness for diverse populations
- Apply the principles of nursing and leadership theories, economic and finance principles, business management practices, cultural competency to the delivery of health care.
- Demonstrate leadership qualities and administrative expertise in making value based accountable decisions in the management, coordination, and delivery of nursing care.
- Integrate the principles of Christian discipleship and Christian world view into the management of personnel, health care resources, and access to care and attention to vulnerable populations.
- Utilize critical thinking skills to develop, assess and evaluate health care ministries in faith-based organizations.
- Collaborate with health care ministries using advanced communication to apply nursing theory, leadership strategies theological perspectives and ministry resources to address the needs of population experiencing health changes.
- Apply a Christian perspective into the design of health care ministries that are accessible, affordable, culturally relevant and evidenced based to deliver professional nursing interventions.
- Design organizational and policy-making strategies that empower person to enrich their health in seeking spiritual wholeness within a Scriptural context.
- Integrate a commitment to the principles of Christian discipleship and a Christian worldview to craft health ministry goals.
- Utilize critical thinking skills to analyze current global health issues along with the effectiveness of relief programs.
- Compare and contrast the political, social, cultural, and economic and religious influences on global health care issues and disease outbreaks.
- Apply mission driven global perspectives in the design of health care that is accessible, affordable, culturally relevant and evidenced based.
- Assume leadership in making culturally competent, respectful decision supporting health care in the mission context.
- Integrate Christian discipleship and a Christian worldview in the examination of social justice, health disparities, and responses to global health crises.