Nurse Practitioner Program Mission, Vision and Outcomes

 

Mission

The Master of Science Nurse Practitioner program at Frostburg State University provides a comprehensive experiential program to prepare experienced RNs to expand their role in the health care paradigm.  This program provides the necessary education for a holistic approach using science and evidenced based practices to assume positions with the complexity of primary care or mental health care to meet the needs of the people in the communities impacted by the growing health care shortage.  The focus of the program is to facilitate academic knowledge and expert clinical skills necessary for health promotion, disease prevention, advanced assessment, accurate diagnosis and evidenced based management of acute and chronic illness.  Upon completion of this program, the NP will be prepared to assume a leadership position, manage complex clinical care and take responsibility and accountability for primary health care or mental health care within the communities across the nation.

Vision

The Master of Science Nurse Practitioner concentrations at Frostburg State University aims to increase the number of specialized practitioners in primary care and mental health care settings to be able to serve communities in Western Maryland, the surrounding region, and surrounding states by preparing graduates with the expert knowledge, experience and skills that build upon experienced baccalaureate nursing practice. This degree program will prepare the RN to assume the position of leadership and accountability in a health care team to engage in higher level of practice to provide primary care or mental health care by health promotion as well as disease prevention, identification and management to people across their lifespan.

Objectives

Objectives parallel AACN’s The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011). Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

Core MSN Outcomes

  • Execute the change agent role by integrating multidisciplinary quality evidence to resolve practice issues and improve outcomes.
  • Advocate as a leader in the coordination and implementation of integrated patient care technologies.
  • Demonstrates effective communication and consultation with other inter-professionals as a leader of a healthcare team to manage and coordinate patient care.
  • Integrate care across the continuum to provide patient-centered, culturally appropriate services to diverse populations through evidence-based planning, delivery, management, and evaluation.

Specialty Outcomes

  • Integrate multi-disciplinary evidence based outcomes into clinical practice to provide expert care across the life span.
  • Synthesize the impact of relationships between organizational and systems leadership to promote critical decision-making to ensure ethical, quality care delivery.
  • Adapt practice standards to reflect current evidence based methods, tools, and performance measures to ensure safe patient care.
  • Advocate at the system level for policy transformation to enhance health and care delivery.
  • Implement advanced nursing practice interventions reflecting a multi-disciplinary approach to facilitate improvements at the individual, population, and system level.