University of Southern Indiana

Master of Science in Nursing

The College of Nursing and Health Professions at USI strives to ensure our graduate students are successful in their professional, personal, and academic careers. Graduates of our Master of Science in Nursing program are able to integrate critical thinking, independent judgment, provide leadership, synthesize knowledge, and promote the essential values of caring in their professional and personal lives. 

The Graduate Nursing Program offers the following specialty areas:


About the Clinical Experience


Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP)

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner graduate acquires knowledge and experience to provide direct health care services from late adolescents to adults across the life span for the purposes of health promotion and protection, disease prevention, and the management of common acute and chronic illnesses. The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner can work in a variety of clinical settings such as acute care hospitals, long term care facilities, physician offices, urgent care centers, and ambulatory care centers and can treat late adolescents through the lifespan. There are a total of 42 credit hours in the specialty with 660 clinical hours. (program and course information)

A graduate of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program is prepared to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing theories, the humanities, and evidence-based scientific clinical guidelines to guide assessment of health status of adults.
  • Demonstrate advanced practice clinical decision making, utilizing critical thinking, to interpret patient and diagnostic test data and formulate differential diagnoses and a plan of care for adults.
  • Design, implement, evaluate, revise, and interpret a mutually agreed upon management plan and therapeutic interventions with adult patients and families.
  • Advocate for patients and families to provide cost-effective, culturally competent, ethical, quality care in and across health care settings. 
  • Model responsibility for continued professional development, integrity, accountability, competence, and credentialing as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. 

 


Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS)

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist is an advanced clinician holding a master’s degree who functions as an expert clinician, leader, researcher, educator, and consultant that exerts influence in three spheres: patient/family, nursing personnel, and organization system. The CNS graduate acquires knowledge and experience to provide services to individuals in an area of specialization across the lifespan in health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common acute and/or chronic illness. The CNS works in a variety of clinical settings including acute care hospitals, community agencies, long term care, home care, and physician offices.  There are a total of 45 credit hours in the specialty with 545 clinical hours. (program and course information)

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist graduate is prepared to:

  • Provide expert outcome-oriented nursing therapeutics for complex patients to promote health, well being, and quality of life.
  • Manage the integration and coordination of patient care services across the health care continuum. 
  • Design and implement patient and staff educational programs for promotion of positive health care outcomes.
  • Consult and collaborate with members of the health care team to support the delivery of quality patient care.
  • Utilize research methodology and evidence to investigate, promote, and evaluate nursing therapies that produce positive patient care outcomes.
  • Model responsibility for continued professional development, integrity, accountability, competence, and credentialing as a clinical nurse specialist.

 


Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The Family Nurse Practitioner graduate acquires a broad base of knowledge and experience to provide direct health care services to people of all ages for the purposes of health promotion and protection, disease prevention, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses. The family nurse practitioner focuses on care of patients and families, and functions primarily in ambulatory care settings treating newborns, infants, children, adolescents, pregnant and postpartum women, adults, and the elderly. There are a total of 45 credit hours in the specialty with 665 clinical hours. (program and course information)

The family nurse practitioner graduate is prepared to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing theories, the humanities, and evidence-based scientific clinical guidelines to guide assessment of health status for patients of all ages.
  • Demonstrate advanced practice clinical decision making, utilizing critical thinking, to interpret patient and diagnostic test data and formulate differential diagnoses and a plan of care for patients of all ages.
  • Design, implement, evaluate, revise, and interpret a mutually agreed upon management plan and therapeutic interventions with patients and families.
  • Advocate for patients and families to provide cost-effective, culturally competent, ethical, quality care in and across health care settings.
  • Model responsibility for continued professional development, integrity, accountability, competence, and credentialing as a family nurse practitioner.

 


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

The  psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner is an advanced clinician who has achieved a Master of Science in Nursing and provides psychiatric/mental health services to individuals across the lifespan. The role includes diagnosis, provision of therapies, and medication management for individuals with psychiatric/mental health problems. Health promotion, disease prevention, and management of mental health symptoms along with family consultation and education are included in the role. The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practices in various clinical settings including acute care and chronic care hospitals, community agencies, long term care facilities, home care, and outpatient offices. There are a total of 47 credit hours in the specialty with 645 clinical hours. (Program and Course Information)

A graduate of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specialty is prepared to:

  • Provide expert outcome-oriented nursing therapeutics for patients with mental health problems to promote improved health and enhanced quality of life.
  • Manage, integrate and coordinate patient care services across the mental health care continuum.
  • Develop and provide patient and staff educational services to promote positive patient health care outcomes.
  • Consult and collaborate with members of the multidisciplinary health care team to support delivery of quality patient care.
  • Incorporate best practice evidence to investigate, promote, and evaluate nursing therapies and pharmacotherapy that support evidence for positive patient care outcomes.
  • Advocate for patients and families to provide cost-effective, culturally competent, ethical, quality care in a variety of health care settings.
  • Model responsibility for continued professional development, integrity, accountability, competence, and credentialing as a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. 

 


Nursing Education (NED)

The Nursing Education specialty prepares the nurse to be an educator in schools of nursing or health care institution with skills in curriculum development and implementation, teaching strategies for the classroom and clinical setting, and measurement of student and program outcomes. There are a total of 45 credit hours in the specialty. (program and course information)

The nursing education graduate is prepared to:

  • Integrate the roles of faculty scholarship, teaching and service.
  • Formulate learning objectives, learning strategies and activities in relationship to theories of teaching and learning.
  • Facilitate relationships between students and clinical agencies demonstrating an expertise in nursing and the ability to influence change.
  • Advocate for students and develop mutual respect through advising, counseling, understanding diversity, conveying a sense of caring and serving as a preceptor and role model.
  • Integrate into the role of a faculty member participation in institutional committees and leadership to the school, institution and the profession.
  • Disseminate knowledge of teaching expertise through publication and presentation of innovative teaching methods and outcomes of scholarly work.
  • Integrate innovative and creative teaching strategies that consider increasing use of technology in education, changing perspectives on teaching and learning and the needs of a global society.

 


Nursing Management and Leadership (NML)

The Nursing Management and Leadership specialty prepares the nurse to assume a nursing management or leadership role in the health care environment. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of finance, business management, information management, and marketing resources management evaluation into the nursing management and leadership roles. There are a total of 42 credit hours in the specialty. (program and course information)

The nursing management and leadership graduate is prepared to:

  • Integrate critical thinking skills in complex, multi-dimensional nursing management and leadership situations through the use of economic, finance, marketing and administration theories and principles. 
  • Analyze the use of management and leadership principles and quality management skills in the health care organizations.
  • Advance nursing knowledge through research in nursing management, leadership and health care policy. 
  • Incorporates global influences and the use of information and communication technology into the nursing management and leadership role.
  • Integrate legal and ethical standards, professional values, and lifelong learning into the nursing management and leadership role.

 


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