The Nurse Educator program integrates scientific findings, nursing and learning theories, informatics, and technology into the development and evaluation of curricula and educational programs in diverse educational settings. Graduates provide ethical, evidence-based nursing education services for multi-cultural and ethnically diverse, students, staff, families, select populations, and communities.
Note: This program is open to nurses with a master's or doctorate in nursing who plan to or are teaching in schools of nursing or are in roles as nurse educators in staff development or health education.
Upon completion of the Family Nurse Practitioner option, the graduate will:
The MSN program at the University of Nevada, Reno is designed to prepare graduates in the emerging role of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). In response to healthcare and consumer needs, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing proposed the advanced nursing practice role of the CNL in order to prepare effective leaders to work within all healthcare settings. A beginning CNL graduate would encompass the roles of clinician, outcomes manager, client advocate, educator, information manager, systems analyst, risk anticipator, team manager, member of a profession, and life-long learner (AACN, 2007). After successful completion of the Orvis School of Nursing MSN degree requirements (including a total of 420 clinical hrs; a minimum of 300 hrs in a supervised CNL role immersion practicum with an academic/practice partner), the CNL track graduate would meet the educational requirement to sit for the AACN CNL Certification Examination.
CNL Academic Practice Partner: Veterans Administration Sierra Nevada Health Care System
The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program prepares nurses to provide advanced practice in acute care settings through a program of study focused on the care of acutely ill patients and their families. An AGACNP can diagnose and treat medical conditions. In collaboration with the physician and other members of the health care team, AGACNPs provide direct care to patients from hospital admission through discharge. With an increasing inpatient population of acutely and critically, research has shown that nurse practitioners within these settings demonstrated evidence of reducing length of stay, hospital costs, and patient complications (Fry 2011), while improving communication among the heath care team, along with patient and family satisfaction.
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track prepares advanced practice nurses to care for individuals and families with behavioral and mental problems. This specialty track within the MSN program prepares graduates to assess, diagnose, intervene (e.g. psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy), and provide follow-up to facilitate ongoing levels of wellness. The PMHNP is prepared to provide psychiatric and mental health care in a variety of treatment settings (e.g. hospitals, jails, home care, and outpatient clinics) and participate with other members of the health care team. With a shortage of mental health professionals and increasing demand for expert mental health care in rural health settings, the PMHNPs scope of practice brings critically relevant skills needed to care for persons experiencing the full range of psychiatric and mental health problems.
This is a two-step process, wherein the applicant must first meet the university's Graduate School requirements as well as the Orvis School of Nursing MSN requirements. Both schools must receive all application materials on or before March 1 for consideration for the fall semester.
An interview may be required.
The total of required units for completing the degree varies according to the option the student selects. The minimum number of required units for completion of the MSN is 35. With graduate advisor approval, MSN students may apply more than 3 S/U units to the 35 units required.
Applicants who plan to apply graduate-level credit earned at another university to the University of Nevada, Reno may be able to satisfy specific course requirements in the nursing program. Applicants must provide specific course information for review to determine if the transferred courses are equivalent to university requirements. If approved, such courses may be included in the official program of study.
NURS 701 - Mental Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (2 units)
NURS 702 - Advanced Pharmacology for Mental Health (3 units)
NURS 703 - Advanced Mental Health Therapies: Individual (3 units)
NURS 704 - Advanced Mental Health Therapies: Group and Family (3 units)
NURS 716 - Advanced Ambulatory Pharmacy (1 to 3 units)
NURS 717R - Advanced Pathophysiology (3 units)
NURS 721 - Assessment and Diagnosis within PMH Settings (3 units)
NURS 722 - Interventions & Treatment Planning within PMH Settings (3 units)
NURS 723 - Advanced Therapeutic Interventions within PMH Settings (3 units)
NURS 724 - Advanced Management of Patient & Systems within PMH Settings (3 units)
NURS 726 - MH Diagnosis & Management of Children & Adolescents (2 units)
NURS 727 - Mental Health Diagnosis and Management of the Adult (2 units)
NURS 730 - Mental Health Diagnosis & Management of the Geriatric Client (2 units)
NURS 735R - Intro to Knowledge Development and Scientific Inquiry (3 units)
NURS 736 - Health Care Policy and Social Justice (3 units)
NURS 737 - Populations and Aggregate Health Issues (3 units)
NURS 750R - Advanced Health Assessment (3 units)
NURS 795 - Comprehensive Exams (1 unit)
NURS 798 – Research Project (1-3 units) OR
NURS 797 - Thesis (1 to 6 units)
Program Total Hours (52-54 units) and requires the completion of 720 clinical hours.