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Integrative Nursing Leadership (MSN)

Online Master of Science

Designed with the working, BSN-educated nurse in mind, ourinnovative Integrative Nursing Leadership (inLEAD) MSN curriculum prepares you for roles as a nurse manager and leader.Drawing from the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, who established Ӱֱ nearly a century ago on the values of compassion, service, respect, and integrity, we strive to educate mindful, merciful, compassionate nurse leaders.

It’s no secret that the job market for health care professionals is growing at a fast pace. Medical and health service management occupations are expected to grow by 32% through 2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, nursing occupations are expected to grow by 7% over the same time period.

Whether you currently occupy a position of leadership in nursing or want to advance your career, a master’s in nursing leadership can help. Upon completing the program, you’ll be prepared to sit for and earn the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential.

Program Overview

Options: Master’s degree (MSN)

Location(s): 100% online

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Duration:Minimum 12 months

Cost: $445per credit; $14,685total

Deadline:Rolling admissions

Start term(s): Fall,spring, or summer semester

    The Master’s Degree in Nursing program delivered via distance education at Ӱֱ University is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037. 202-909-2487.

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    Department of Nursing Mission

    The mission of the Department of Nursing is to consistently prepare knowledgeable, merciful, compassionate, creative, accountable and respectful nurses who embody a passion for excellence, lifelong learning, and true caring for all they encounter. This will be accomplished through a united faculty that will foster consistency, communication, teamwork in decision-making, and use of evidence-based practices in classroom and clinical settings.

    MSN Program Philosophy

    The Integrative Nursing Leadership graduate program provides a transformative education, preparing intellectually creative, merciful, compassionate, mindful and resilient nurse leaders whose relationship-based practice is informed by the evidence with a focus on the health and wellbeing of caregivers as well as those they serve.

    The 32-credit Integrative Nursing Leadership MSN curriculum is designed with working professionals in mind, offering both a full-time, one-year option and a part-time, two-year option.

    Full-Time, One-Year Option

    With this option, you’ll complete more than one course per eight-week Mini (half-semester) term, allowing the program to be completed in one year.

    Fall Semester
    Mini 1: NURS 500: Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Care (3 credits)
    Mini 1: NURS 600: Transforming Health Care: Information Systems and Technology (3 credits)
    Mini 2: NURS 611: Health Care Finance & Economics (3 credits)
    Mini 2: NURS 504: Health Concerns of Vulnerable Populations (3 credits)

    Spring Semester
    Mini 3: NURS 506: Nurse as Scholar: Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
    Mini 3: OL 502: Leadership & Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
    Mini 4: NURS 604: Health Care Policy Analysis & Advocacy (3 credits)
    Mini 4: NURS 508: Fostering Resilience (3 credits)

    Summer Semester
    Mini 5: NURS 573: Quality, Safety & Value in Health Care (4 credits)
    Mini 6: NURS 677: Integrative Nursing Capstone (4 credits)

    Part-Time, Two-Year Option

    With this option, you’ll complete one course per eight-week Mini (half-semester) term, allowing the program to be completed in two years.

    Fall Semester (Year 1)
    Mini 1: NURS 500: Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Care (3 credits)
    Mini 2: NURS 504: Health Concerns of Vulnerable Populations (3 credits)

    Spring Semester (Year 1)
    Mini 3: NURS 506: Nurse as Scholar: Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
    Mini 4: NURS 508: Fostering Resilience (3 credits)

    Summer Semester (Year 1)
    Mini 5: NURS 573: Quality, Safety & Value in Health Care (4 credits)

    Fall Semester (Year 2)
    Mini 1: NURS 600: Transforming Health Care: Information Systems and Technology (3 credits)
    Mini 2: NURS 611: Health Care Finance & Economics (3 credits)

    Spring Semester (Year 2)
    Mini 3: OL 502: Leadership & Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
    Mini 4: NURS 604: Health Care Policy Analysis & Advocacy (3 credits)

    Summer Semester (Year 2)
    Mini 6: NURS 677: Integrative Nursing Capstone (4 credits)

An Integrative NursingApproach toLeadership

Without a doubt, the nursing profession, while rewarding, can be stressful. With a Master of Science in Nursing, you will be prepared to help your organization directly address stress for nurses.

In the recent past, health care has focused on treating specific conditions or ailments rather than on the overall well-being of the people seeking care. Similarly, there has been a tendency to overlook the well-being of nurses caring for patients. This model can lead to poor outcomes and experiences for patients, as well as high levels of burnout and low levels of job satisfaction for nurses.

Through the Master of Science in Nursing program at Ӱֱ, you’ll be introduced to an emerging model of care that is person-centered and compassionate — a concept extended to working nurses and not just patients.

For instance, through the master’s in nursing leadership program, you’ll learn various techniques intended to enable self-care and resilience. Techniques such as these will help you to cultivate self-awareness and compassion for yourself and to allow you to extend the same kind of compassion and mercy to others.

Learning Outcomes

With the flexibility of Ӱֱ’s 100% online master’s in nursing leadership, you can gain a competitive edge in the marketplace while maintaining the flexibility you need for your career, family, and other responsibilities. You’ll be prepared to:

Transform professional reflections, knowledge, skills, and attitudes into purposeful advanced integrative nursing practice to improve the health, well-being, and resiliency of self and others.
Apply advanced communication and leadership skills to advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing using knowledge from nursing and related sciences such as complexity science, systems theory, and Watson’s Human Caring Theory.
Integrate knowledge of emerging technologies, outcome data, and health care economics, with an emphasis on regulatory requirements and reimbursement mix, to inform fiscally responsible decision-making in the delivery of safe and effective care.
Employ translational scholarship when integrating evidence into clinical practice to improve health outcomes of diverse populations across the continuum of care.
Demonstrate critical decision-making when assessing for high priority needs in a highly complex health care system and cultivate unique partnerships and alliances to meet these needs in innovative, collaborative, ethical, and cost-effective ways.

Special Tuition Rates

    Ӱֱ has partnered with Allegheny Health Network (AHN) to offer a special MSN tuition rate of $300 per credit, a savings of nearly 30%. This special rate sets total cost for the 32-credit program, including registration costs, at $10,110.

    In recognition of our nursing leaders, Ӱֱ has partnered with UPMC to offer a special MSN tuition rate of $300 per credit, a savings of nearly 30%. This special rate sets total cost for the 32-credit program, including registration costs, at $10,110.

    Ӱֱ has a celebrated history of educating skilled and compassionate nurses who provide high-quality patient care and embody the ideals of mercy and hospitality. In recognition of alumni of Ӱֱ College and Ӱֱ University who work as Registered Nurses, we are pleased to offer our online Integrative Nursing Leadership MSN program at a special alumni tuition rate of $300 per credit. A savings of nearly 30%, this special rate sets total cost for the 32-credit program, including registration costs, at $10,110.

Course Descriptions

    During this course, the student will be introduced to a model of human caring that includes the arts and humanities as well as science. Watson’s Theory of Human Caring provides a philosophical and ethical foundation for an integrative nurse leader’s professional practice. An exploration of Complexity Science and Systems Theory will further the student’s ability to transform theory into safe, quality nursing practice that improves the health of the public and supports the profession of nursing.

    In this course, the student studies various mind-body techniques such as biofeedback and mindfulness and applies them in a program of self-care to foster resilience. An exploration of an individual’s strengths, accomplishments, and what matters most in their life can lead to growth and flourishing. Students will cultivate self-awareness and compassion for oneself allowing for compassion and mercy to be extended to others.

    Successful leadership is a process that takes time, experience, learning and a behavioral disposition toward working with others. This course examines the field of organizational behavior and leadership by studying theoretical models, practical examples, and experiential exercises.

    This course addresses the health care needs of vulnerable populations as they currently exist and as they will evolve in the future. Care for those who are injured, suffering, powerless, and/or dependent, such as the very young and the very old, the chronically ill, racial/ethnic/sexual minority groups, and the disabled, will be the focus of this course. This course lays the groundwork to collaborate successfully with communities and stakeholders in the provision of quality population health and in the promotion and protection of human dignity.

    This course engages the student in the assessment of a health care organization’s culture of safety with the goal of decreasing and preventing inadvertent harm to patients as a result of their care. The student will analyze and interpret patient safety data and present this evidence to support a specific patient safety initiative. A critical appraisal of the evidence and compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements will be conducted during the design of a process improvement initiative. The student completes 30 hours working with a preceptor, under guidance of faculty, on this assessment.

    This course enables students to develop the leadership skills needed to effectively interface between the emerging field of data science technology and interdisciplinary clinical users. During this course, the student will learn to use meaningful data analytics to perform impact evaluations that improve patient outcomes. Advancing patient information security and confidentiality to promote ethical health care decisions will be a central focus.

    This course examines economic and financial factors associated with the health care industry. Health care leaders will explore concepts vital to the management of financial resources within the health care industry, such as economics, budgeting, staffing, and various forms of analysis in the ever-evolving landscape of the health care system. Policies that influence the structure and financing of health care, practice, and health outcomes will be examined.

    Graduate nursing students build upon previous learning of nursing research and evidence-based practice to develop mastery in critiquing and translating research evidence into practice. With an inquiring attitude toward their practice and care environment, students work with faculty to identify a research question, analyze research findings for evidence-based practice, and disseminate results to advance nursing knowledge.

    This course prepares the integrative nurse leader to advance the agenda of the rapidly changing care environment by examination of health policy. Students will focus on policy process and develop and implement policy agendas. They will participate in collective decision-making, identifying roles and key stakeholders. The course will address how to identify gaps in policy knowledge. Nurse leaders will have an opportunity to engage in processes that influence population health. The course will prepare the integrative nurse leader to analyze the policy process and engage in politically competent care.

    In the Integrative Nursing Leadership Capstone immersion, the student spends 60 hours working with a preceptor, under the guidance of faculty, as they further enhance their leadership skills. The student will implement their process improvement safety initiative, started in Quality, Safety & Value in Health Care, and prepare to sit for their Patient Safety Certification Exam. The student also completes, and submits for publication, a faculty-approved manuscript on their chosen patient safety topic.

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