Nursing, Master of Science Degree
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.
Upon completion of the Nurse Educator Track, the graduate is able to:
- Integrates scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
- Provide advanced, ethical, evidence-based nursing services for multi-cultural and ethnic individuals, families, aggregates, and select populations.
- Apply patient-care and communication technologies to deliver, enhance, integrate, and coordinate care.
- Collaborate with other professionals and members of the community to provide optimal coordinated health care to individuals, families, special populations, and communities with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.
- Respect diversity to address complex health care needs of persons, including the un-served and under-served, populations, and communities, in the role of nurse leader, educator, and/or advanced practice nurse.
- Participate in the ethical organization, management, and policy negotiations of health care delivery systems to use advocacy strategies to influence health and healthcare.
- Participate in the application of safe patient care and quality health care practices.
- Participate in the development of nursing as a science, through the use of theory, research, and scientific processes, while acquiring a foundation for doctoral study.
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.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Upon completion of the Family Nurse Practitioner option, the graduate will:
- Function in autonomous and collaborative roles guided by appropriate nurse practice acts.
- Provide primary care to individuals, families, and communities.
- Focus on health promotion and maintenance for clients.
- Utilize the process and method of scientific inquiry in the study of nursing.
- Contribute to the development of nursing science.
- Pursue opportunities for enhancement of advance practice.
Clinical Nurse Leader
Plan of Study
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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
Upon completion of the Clinical Nurse Leader Track, the graduate is able to:
- Provide evidence-based care for individuals, families, and communities
- Focus on a specialized aggregate/population.
- Provide care for special populations by using system analysis and quality improvement strategies.
- Collaborate with other professionals, members of the community, and students to provide educational services related to optimal health care for individuals, families, special populations, and communities with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.
- Participate in the organization, management, and policy negotiation of healthcare delivery systems.
- Address complex needs of persons, including the underserved, populations and communities, in the role of nurse leader.
- Participate knowledgeably in the development, implementation, revision, and evaluation of nursing and health education programs to ensure quality education services in health care.
- Participate in the development of nursing education as a science, through the use of education and nursing theories, research, and scientific processes.
Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
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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.
Upon completion of the AGANCP track, the graduate is able to:
- Synthesize theoretical, scientific, and contemporary clinical knowledge for the assessment and management of both health and illness states.
- Implements clinical reasoning and builds collaborative intra- and interprofessional relationships to provide optimal care to patients.
- Provide patient-centered, quality care to the adult and older adult population within the acute and critical care settings through incorporation of health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and treatment.
- Impart knowledge and individualize therapies through the activities of advocacy, modeling and teaching.
- Applies evidence based practice designed to improve quality of care and health outcomes, by overseeing and directing the delivery of clinical services with in an integrates system of health care.