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MSN Nursing Education Specialization

MSN Nursing Education Specialization

Train to Care -- Learn to Teach

As the healthcare workforce continues to grow, demand is high for qualified instructors to teach and train the next generation of nurses. Sacred Heart's Nursing Education specialization will complement your clinical training with the latest theories and strategies in teaching and learning. With this specialization, graduates can explore opportunities in nursing schools or instructor positions at hospitals or other healthcare organizations.

From a basic understanding of the issues surrounding nursing education to the latest advances in curriculum design and evaluation, a Master of Science in Nursing with a Nursing Education specialization will prepare you for a rapidly growing and critically important role in our nation's healthcare system.

The Nursing Education track of the SHU Online MSN fulfills the education requirement for the certification as a Nurse Educator certified through the National League for Nursing (NLN). Graduates of the SHU Online MSN program who have completed all Nursing Education courses and 120 hours of clinical are eligible to seek NLN Nurse Educator certification provided they have a minimum of two years of experience as a nurse educator.

If you have questions regarding the requirements for certification, please contact NLN directly.

Learn more about how you can teach and guide other nurses with Sacred Heart's online MSN with a Nursing Education specialization: call us at 877-791-7181 or request more information.

Core Courses Credit Hours
NU 501 Health Care Policy & Ethics for Contemporary Nursing Practice 3
NU 530 Theory and Professional Roles for Contemporary Nursing Practice 3
NU 601 Principles of Health Care Research for Contemporary Nursing Practice 3
NU 602 Evidence-based Practice for Quality Care 3
Nursing Education Specialization Courses Credit Hours
NU 553 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NU 554 Application of Comprehensive Health Assessment Methods 3
NU 555 Pharmacology for the Nurse Educator 3
NU 588 Theoretical Basis of Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education 3
NU 589 Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
NU 611 Care Management and Resources Across the Continuum 3
NU 612 Disease Management and Outcomes Assessment 3 CH 3
NU 690 Nursing Education Role Practicum 3
NU 691 Nursing Education Role Capstone 3

 

Core Courses

 

NU 501 Health Care Policy & Ethics for Contemporary Nursing Practice This course examines health care policy issues such as financing, quality, and safety as well as the application of ethics to the field. Students will consider past and current nursing and health care practices and analyze policies and their implications for the future.

NU 530 Theory and Professional Roles for Contemporary Nursing Practice The class provides the foundation for advanced practice nursing by introducing theories from nursing and the natural, social, biological, and organizational sciences to frame their future practice. Students will also consider issues of cultural diversity to assure the delivery of effective care and minimize health disparities.

NU 601 Principles of Health Care Research for Contemporary Nursing Practice This course studies the field of research and its application to solving problems in nursing and health care. Each step of the research process is explored in-depth to develop the skills to apply research to practice. Students apply critical analysis to relevant research literature to determine its usefulness and application. Statistical methods and concepts are reviewed and integrated throughout the course to promote an understanding of those concepts within the context of health care research.

NU 602 Evidence-Based Practice for Quality Care This course builds on NU 601 by reviewing the principles inherent to a sound data collection and analysis, including differences between qualitative and quantitative research. Students will critique research articles according to criteria studied in the course and develop a project related to evidence-based practice.

Nursing Education Specialization Course Descriptions

NU 555 Pharmacology for the Nurse Educator The course examines the pharmacotherapeutic principles of some of the most commonly used drugs across health care settings. Students will become familiar with basic pharmacological concepts, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics. Physiologic and psychologic concepts as related to the principal classifications of drugs in clinical use today will be discussed. Emphasis is placed on the importance of the nurse educator's role in teaching safe and effective medication administration. Students will learn to apply pharmacological theory to clinical situations and patient education through interactive and experiential activities.

NU 554 Application of Comprehensive Health Assessment Methods 3 CH This course prepares the learner to assess in depth the biopsychosocial health status of clients across the life span by obtaining a complete and accurate health history and by performing a systematic physical examination. Acquired data will be used to formulate a comprehensive problem list for the client and refine documentation skills. Content will be designed to provide correlation of assessment strategies with an understanding of the mechanisms of illness and health problems of the main body systems. Health and wellness in the context of disability will be addressed. This course assists in the socialization of the learner into the role of the clinical nurse leader or nurse educator in the current health care delivery system. The laboratory component enables the learner to develop comprehensive assessment skills.

NU 553 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 CH This course further prepares each student to assess in-depth, the pathophysiology of common disease states. Clinical pathology content will address alterations in major body systems that are commonly found in the primary care settings, as well as common testing used in the diagnostic process. This course assists the student into the role of advanced practice nurse, clinical nurse leader or nurse educator with the preparation to assess clients across the lifespan

NU 588 Theoretical Basis of Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education 3 CH This course explores research-based theories of education, teaching, and learning. Theories are examined for their application in a variety of settings, levels of education, and for the adult learner. Emphasis is on who the learner is and how they learn. External issues and trends impacting nursing education are explored.

NU 589 Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Nursing Education 3 CH This course prepares the student to design and implement curriculum based on evidence-based teaching/learning theory. Focus is on the process of curriculum development for an individual course including course objectives, content, learning activities, delivery of the content, and student evaluation. The role of faculty in program evaluation of the curriculum is explored.

NU 611 Care Management and Resources Across the Continuum 3 CH Reviews the basic approaches to care or case management and utilization in their evolution, driving factors, and contemporary roles within a variety of health care settings. The role of practice guidelines and key relationships among nursing roles and interprofessional team members is considered along with the contributions of technology and financial considerations. During this course, you will complete 24 clinical hours.

NU 612 Disease Management and Outcomes Assessment 3 CH Introduces the concept of disease management as an evolution of case management and explores the benefits of a comprehensive case and disease management program in selected settings. Health priorities, models of chronic illness and important concepts related to health status (including quality of life and functional status) are discussed. Research on the outcomes of case and disease management is covered along with strategies for identifying and measuring outcomes of care. During this course, you will complete 24 clinical hours.

NU 690 & NU 691 Nursing Education Role Practicum/Capstone In these last two courses in the nursing sequence for the Nursing Education, students apply and analyze the theories, competencies, and concepts of the two previous courses in a designated role practicum experience using a preceptor. Students are required to identify a preceptor and complete 72 hours of teaching practicum to apply knowledge and skills in an academic setting. The student will develop objectives to enhance their clinical expertise in area in which the student intends to teach as a nurse educator. Further, students apply theory to practice in seminar discussion and readings. Current issues and trends in health care and nursing are integrated within each topical area.

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