Department Chair: Johnnie Sue Cooper Wijewardane
Master of Science in Nursing Faculty
Professors: Sheila V. Adams, Tammie L. McCoy, Patricia E. Smyth
Assistant Professor: Sueanne Davidson, Carey McCarter, Mary Smith, Johnnie Sue Wijewardane
Instructors: Terri Hamill, Shonda Phelon
The purpose of the Department of Graduate Nursing is to prepare advanced practice nurses by expanding and refining a broad base of knowledge and skills of baccalaureate education incorporating the experiential background of the professional nurse. This purpose relates to the Mission of the University by providing professional education at the graduate level that emphasizes advanced academic preparation of specialized knowledge and competencies through the process of role mastery.
The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing Department is to prepare a family nurse practitioner who is a leader in the promotion and maintenance of health and the improvement of health care outcomes across practice settings at the local, state, national and global levels. This purpose relates to the mission of the university by providing strong academic and leadership preparation to both women and men. The graduate is able to function as a provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care and a member of the profession. Graduates from teh Master’s Degree nursing program are prepared to use evidence-based strategies that contribute to the acquisition of professional knowledge. In-depth preparation in the application of advanced management, counseling skills, knowledge application, and standards of professional nursing practice enhances the graduate to contribute further to their professional role in the world wide community.
Curriculum Objectives—Graduate Nursing Program
The Master of Science in Nursing Program is designed to prepare Advanced Practice Nurses who will:
- Synthesize advanced knowledge of the humanities with biophysical and behavioral sciences as they influence the healthcare system and role development,
- Integrate theoretical and research knowledge from evidence based practice into primary healthcare,
- Conduct scientific investigation of issues relevant to primary healthcare and the advanced nurse practice role,
- Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for provision of quality healthcare,
- Employ an interdisciplinary team approach for the improvement of healthcare delivery,
- Self-evaluate continuing scholarship, professional growth, and role mastery,
- Demonstrate advanced competencies for the specialized role of the nurse practitioner.
Doctor of Nursing Practice
The purpose of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice is to prepare nurse practitioners to be leaders in the promotion and maintenance of population health and to improve health care outcomes across practice settings at the local, state, national and global levels. This purpose relates to the mission of the university by providing strong academic and leadership preparation to both women and men. The graduate is able to function as a provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and leader in the nursing profession. Graduates from the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program are prepared to develop, apply, synthesize, and evaluate evidence-based strategies and their outcomes that contribute to the acquisition of professional knowledge, practice, and improved health care outcomes. In-depth preparation in the application, analysis, and evaluation of advanced practice management, research interpretation and application, and standards of professional nursing practice enhances the graduate to contribute further to their professional role in the world wide community.