Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)
Nursing leadership necessitates advanced degrees. Trinity’s Master of Science in Nursing offers two pathways: Nursing Education and Nursing Administration. MSN students will analyze and synthesize information to participate in collaborative planning across settings. Nursing Administration and Nursing Education students take both a participant and a lead role in formal seminars, and conduct a content specific project based on research.
Students in the Nurse Education track learn teaching strategies through: a) scholarly papers based on requirements in the syllabus. b) team work in the classroom, c) seminars, d) classroom and practicum presentations, e) use of technology to enhance presentations, f) interviews with health care executives and middle managers, and g) the inclusion of expert lecturers in the classroom. Students in the Administration track use a wide variety of communication techniques, re-engineer complex health delivery problems, apply general systems theory, and apply congruency theory to health care delivery programs.
Featured CoursesADMN 642 Health Care: Delivery Systems, Policies, and ProceduresExamines the evolution, structure, and function of the U.S. health care system. Explores historic forces that have shaped contemporary health policy, and the manner in which governance, economic, and socio-cultural forces influence health policy and subsequent health services delivery. Consideration is given to the effect that evolving health policy initiatives may have on health care delivery in the future. Formerly ADM 522 Health Care: Delivery Systems, Policies, and Procedures.
3 credits NURS 605 Administrative Theory in Nursing IUses administrative theory and management principles and processes as related to roles and functions of the nurse in management in health-related agencies.
Prerequisites: None NURS 645 Practicum in Nursing AdministrationThe practicum will integrate previous knowledge from MSN core and administration courses and provide a guided practicum experience for the student. This course is designed for application, demonstration, and synthesis of theory and competencies related to the role of nurse administrator. Learning experiences are planned and negotiated to meet individual learning goals in the context of preceptor supervised experiences. Students will complete a project in collaboration with their preceptor and approval of the course faculty. The practicum requires 100 hours with an approved preceptorship.
Prerequisites: SNHP 501, SNHP 630 & NURS 510 SNHP 501 Theoretical FoundationsModels and theories as they relate to education and practice and theoretical and ethical foundational necessary for teaching in various settings: classroom, clinical and college laboratories, and health care agencies will be explored. Students will have the opportunity to integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings. This course also examines the nature and function of educational theories basic to the design and implementation of curriculum, teaching, and learning experiences with a focus on models, strategies and skills that apply to teaching.
Prerequisites: None SNHP 600 Instructional Strategies for EffectiveResearch based pedagogical theory and practice strategies for instruction; technology and technological devices with a focus on the utilization of applications software and internet data sites for research, data analysis and reports; utilization of effective teaching models to improve student achievement. This course provides an overview of teaching methods utilized within nursing education to support student learning in clinical, didactic and online learning and simulation teaching environments. Students will examine various teaching/learning technologies, including simulation, and integrate these technologies with select teaching methods in the design of coursework to support learning. Academic policies, protocols, and legal aspects of education will be explored. Campus relationships, prospective and current student issues, as well as laws affecting students will be examined. Situational events that occur in the classroom and clinical settings will be highlighted for students to research, discuss and develop a format for applying case law to student faculty issues.
Prerequisites: None SNHP 620 Curriculum Development and EvaluationApplications in Nursing curriculum design, including the development of a teaching/learning philosophy, mission statement, programmatic goals, learning objectives, teaching plans, and individual courses. This course explores the theories, principles and practices that underpin the measurement and evaluation of educational settings. This course includes content on approaches to assessing and evaluating student outcomes, giving feedback, test construction and psychometrics evaluation, development and grading of written assignments, evaluation of clinical performance and self-evaluation for personal teaching effectiveness. This course provides an overview of nursing curriculum development in nursing education. Influential factors in curriculum design decisions are discussed. Students are introduced to program assessment, institutional philosophy, theory, and concepts of general education. Topics include an introduction to curricular design and the importance of considering the stakeholders. Program assessment and change theories are explored as they pertain to evaluating for the possibility of a curricular redesign.
Prerequisites: None SNHP 640 Teaching and Clinical PracticumThis course focuses the student on the role of the nurse educator in either academic or agency settings. Students will have the opportunity to apply all of the content from prior course work in a precepted situation and a required residency.
Prerequisites: SNHP 600 and SNHP 501 SNHP 645 Global Health and Health PolicyIn this course health and developmental issues across nations and cultures that impact the quality of patient care worldwide will be reviewed. Topics related to health policy and population health will be discussed. Students will discuss innovative solutions to challenging health problems in resource-limited environments with the goal of on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide.
- Nurse Administrator
- Nurse Educator
- Acute Care and Rehabilitation Hospitals
- Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Community Settings
Dr. Carrie O'Reilly, Assistant Professor of Nursing