Master of Nursing - Nursing Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems

Program learning outcomes: What Will I Learn?

  1. Integrates nursing's scope of practice, professional standards, and specialty knowledge to implement the role of the master's prepared nurse across healthcare settings.
  2. Applies concepts and theoretical frameworks to guide thinking, improve performance, analyze policy, and allocate resources.
  3. Establishes collaborative partnerships with diverse constituencies and interprofessional teams to address needs and influence change.
  4. Translates research evidence to promote safe, cost-effective, quality practice.
  5. Develops approaches to the delivery of healthcare that address the ethical, legal, cultural, social and policy needs of diverse stakeholders and populations.
  6. Designs strategies using information technology to inform decisions and improve outcomes.
  7. Uses effective communication strategies with multiple stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes.
  8. Integrates principles and concepts of leadership in professional practice environments.

Evidence of Student Learning - Internal: How will the program measure what I have learned?

Outcome 1: Integrates nursing's scope of practice, professional standards, and specialty knowledge to implement the role of the master's prepared nurse across healthcare settings.

Assessment Method: In NUR514: Professional Role Development, students complete a professional portfolio and self-marketing plan. Part of the assignment relates to students having to create a professional position description for a master's prepared nurse. Components of the assignment include the required competencies, scope of practice standards, and the specialty knowledge needed to implement the role of the master's prepared nurse across healthcare setting.

Results: Since the launch 91.14% (144/158) of students achieved a grade of "B" or better on the professional portfolio and self marketing plan. The criterion is highly achieved.

Outcome 2: Applies concepts and theoretical frameworks to guide thinking, improve performance, analyze policy, and allocate resources.

Assessment Method: In NUR502 students participate in a graded assignment in which they write a Concept Analysis paper. In this paper the student selects a nursing theory, focusing on one specific concept in the theory, analyzes the concept and applies the concept to a specific practice situation.

Results: For the past year 83% (160/193) of students achieved a grade of "B" or better on the Concept Analysis paper.  The criterion is met.

Assessment Method: In NUR 625 students complete an individual graded assignment Operational Plan and Budget. The focus of this assignment is to develop an operational plan and correlating budget for a new acute care oncology unit which will replace an existing medical-surgical unit.

Results: In this course 98.08% (51/52) of students achieved a grade of "B" or better on the individual Operational Plan and Budget assignment. The criterion highly achieved.

Outcome 3: Establishes collaborative partnerships with diverse constituencies and interprofessional teams to address needs and influence change.

Assessment Method: In NUR541, students participate in a graded assignment that involves a community needs assessment. Part of the assessment includes the student's selection of health related problem, issue or risk involving a selected aggregate followed by a discussion of how a master's prepared nurse would establish collaborative partnerships with the diverse community and interprofessional team in order to address the identified need and influence change.

Results: In this course 95.43% (167/175) of students achieved a grade of "B" or better on the Community Needs Assessment assignment. The criterion is highly achieved.

Outcome 4: Translates research evidence to promote safe, cost-effective, quality practice.

Assessment Method: In NUR513, students complete a graded assignment that involves Evidence-Based Practice. Part of the assignment relates to how students would implement the EBP change and how the change promotes safe, cost-effective, quality practice.

Results: In this course 89.03% (138/155) of students achieved a grade of "B" or better on the graded assignment Evidence-Based Practice. Criterion is met.

Outcome 5: Develops approaches to the delivery of healthcare that address the ethical, legal, cultural, social and policy needs of diverse stakeholders and populations.

Assessment Method: In NUR 644 Capstone students complete the Administrative Project Experience. This is designed to provide students with the opportunity to:

  • assess the role of the nurse leader and team members within the selected organization
  • analyze the structure, culture and dynamics of the organization including power, decision making, problem solving, communication channels, and information systems
  • develop and implement a specific project based on needs assessment and organizational data and information

Results: 100% (37/37) of student achieved a grade of "B" or better on the midterm Administrative Project Experience. The criterion is highly achieved.

Assessment Method: In NUR 635 students complete a midterm paper in which they perform an organizational assessment to better understand the structure, function, and services provided to meet the health care needs of the community. Additionally, they evaluate the alignment of nursing's strategic plan and priorities with the organization's strategic plan and priorities, and assess nursing's role and involvement within the organization and quality initiatives.

Results: 100% (56/56) of students achieved a grade of "B" or better on the Organizational Assessment assignment paper. The criterion is highly achieved.

Outcome 6: Designs strategies using information technology to inform decisions and improve outcomes.

Assessment Method: In NUR531, students participate in a graded assignment that involves an analysis of two different healthcare delivery systems. Part of the analysis includes a discussion of strategies that can be used to make performance improvements (improve outcomes) including allocation of resources such as the use of information technology.

Results: 95.7% (156/163) of students earned a grade of "B" or better on the individual paper "Healthcare Delivery Systems Analysis". The criterion is highly achieved.

Outcome 7: Uses effective communication strategies with multiple stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes.

Assessment Method: In NUR 615 students complete a mid-term paper Workplace Violence Assessment and Recommendation report. In this report the student must address a recent incident involving workplace violence that occurred on a unit and share it with the leadership group, including a workplace violence assessment and recommendation report.

Results: 80.64% (50/62) of students achieved a grade of "B" or better on the Workplace Violence Assessment and Recommendation report. The criterion is met.

Outcome 8: Integrates principles and concepts of leadership in professional practice environments.

Assessment Method: During the Capstone Retreat Presentation, students enrolled in NUR644, NUR670, and NUR685, present a project summary that each completed in the healthcare organization/agency or educational setting. During their presentations, each student includes a discussion of the leadership principles and concepts that they used while completing their projects.

Results: 100% (107/107) of students achieved a grade of "B" or better on the Capstone Retreat Presentation. The criterion is highly achieved.

 

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