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Nursing, Organizational Leadership, D.N.P. (MSN to DNP)

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Organizational Leadership

The post-Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (post-MSN to DNP) degree curriculum builds on traditional Master’s programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems leadership. This program is intended to enhance advanced practice roles to prepare experts in population-based practice, leadership and policy. Employers are quickly recognizing the unique contribution these expert nurses are making in the practice arena, and the demand for DNP-prepared nurses continues to grow.

Program Outcomes

  • Appraise health care organizations to assess strengths and weaknesses and facilitate organization- wide improvement in healthcare delivery from a systems thinking approach.
  • Perform as a leader in knowledge translation and application of evidence based practice through critical evaluation, synthesis, and integration of health information data and research findings to improve healthcare and health care systems.
  • Integrate informatics and patient care technology into clinical practice and organizational systems to improve healthcare outcomes.
  • Influence health care policy at the local, state, and federal level to champion issues of quality, social justice, equality, and fiscal responsibility in the delivery of healthcare services.
  • Successfully negotiate and manage cuttingedge innovations and change among an interprofessional teams for purposes of advancing healthcare quality among patients, populations, and complex systems.
  • Apply Benedictine values to foster a collaborative relationship that promotes respect, protection, and enhancement of spiritual integrity, human dignity, as well as cultural diversity to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  • Integrate professional standards, nursing science and theory, values, accountability, ongoing self-reflection, ethical, analytical, and organizational sciences as the foundation for the highest level of nursing practice.

Major Requirements

Orientation Course:

Specialty Courses:

Program Assessment Course:

Total: 31-33 Semester Credits

Program length: 2 academic years / 5 semesters / 80 weeks

Experiential Hours = 280-620

Students earning a DNP degree must have a total of 1000 clinical hours between their hours completed as part of their MSN and the hours completed on the post-MSN to DNP program. Determination of required credits and subsequent clinical hours in NUR 905 Organizational Systems Leadership Practicum will be based on the following formula: 1,000 hours - verified hours from MSN degree program - 200 DNP project hours = # of systems leadership hours.

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