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2020–2021 Walden University Catalog (September 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) (Competency Based)


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Tempo Learning® is Walden’s competency-based education modality, an alternative way of earning a Walden degree offered for some Walden programs. Instead of courses, the Walden Tempo Learning® program is comprised of competencies and rigorous assessments. Students progress through the Tempo Learning® model by successfully passing competency assessments. A student must successfully achieve or master all competency assessments to graduate from the program.

Students earn the same Walden degree whether they choose the course-based or the competency-based modality.

Degree Requirements


  • BSN Track: 53 quarter credits
    • Foundation competencies (3 cr)
    • Core competencies (20 cr)
    • Specialization competencies (30 cr)
       
  • RN Track: 78 quarter credits
    • Foundation Competencies (25 cr.)
    • Core Competencies (23cr.)
    • Specialization Competencies (25 cr.)
    • Capstone Competencies (5 cr.)

Curriculum


The MSN (Competency Based) program has two admission tracks for registered nurses:

  • BSN Track: This track is for students with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
    • BSN graduates enter the MSN program at the core course level.
  • RN Track: This track is for registered nurses who hold a diploma in nursing, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN).

    • This track requires that students fulfill general education requirements. Once students meet these requirements, they can begin the foundation and core courses for the MSN.

BSN Track: Foundational and Core Curricula


BSN Track Only: Foundation Competencies (3 cr.)


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    • FG001 Networking for Academic and Professional Success
      Develop an academic and professional network.
    • FG002 Academic and Professional Strategies and Resources
      Identify academic resources and strategies for success.
    • FG003 Academic and Professional Integrity
      Apply strategies to promote academic integrity and professional ethics.
    • FG004 Scholarship and Nursing Practice
      Analyze peer-reviewed research related to issues in nursing practice.
    • FG005 Professional Development Plan
      Create professional development plans for academic success and professional practice.
    • FG006 Standards of Practice
      Justify selection of the MSN specialization using standards and scope of practice.

BSN Track Only: Core Competencies (20 cr.)


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    • PA001 Agenda Setting
      Evaluate federal agendas to promote healthcare issues within the policymaking system/process.
    • PA002 Legislation
      Advocate a position on a population health-related bill.
    • PA003 Regulation
      Analyze how regulations influence the nurse’s role and the delivery, costs, and access to healthcare.
    • PA004 Design and Implementation
      Analyze advocacy and the role of the nurse in healthcare program design and implementation.
    • PA005 Healthcare Program/Policy Evaluation
      Assess outcomes of population health program/policy evaluations.
    • PA006 Global Healthcare Issues
      Analyze the impact of nurse advocacy on addressing global health issues.
  •   
    • TN001 What is Informatics?
      Analyze frameworks and tools for the role of the nurse as an informaticist and knowledge worker.
    • TN002 The Role of Nurse Informatics in Healthcare
      Analyze the role of the nurse informaticist in nursing informatics projects to improve outcomes or efficiencies in healthcare organizations.
    • TN003 Data to Information to Knowledge to Wisdom
      Analyze how standardized terminologies impact the practice of healthcare and nursing informatics.
    • TN004 Technologies Supporting Applied Practice and Optimal Patient Outcomes
      Analyze nursing informatics research on the application of clinical systems to improve outcomes and efficiencies.
    • TN005 The Nurse Leader and the Systems Development Life Cycle
      Define the role of the nurse for participation on an implementation team as a component of the systems development life cycle.
    • TN006 Policy and Regulation Supporting Informatics and Technology
      Evaluate legislative policies and regulations for health and nursing informatics and their impact on improvement for outcomes and efficiencies in nursing practice.
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    • EB001 Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and the Quadruple Aim
      Analyze the relationship between evidence-based practice and the Quadruple Aim in healthcare organizations.
    • EB002 Research Methodology
      Analyze research methodologies described in peer-reviewed articles.
    • EB003 Clinical Inquiry, Problem-Intervention-Comparison-Outcome-Time (PICOT), and Searching Databases
      Analyze relevant, peer-reviewed articles in support of PICOT questions.
    • EB004 Critical Appraisal, Evaluation/Summary, and Synthesis of Evidence
      Recommend best practices based on critical appraisal of evidence-based research.
    • EB005 Evidence-Based Decision-Making
      Recommend evidence-based organizational changes using an evidence-based practice approach to decision-making.
    • EB006 Disseminating Evidenced-Based Practice Changes
      Analyze dissemination strategies for evidence-based practice changes in healthcare.
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    • IO001 Healthcare Environment
      Analyze the impact of national healthcare trends on organizational leadership practice.
    • IO002 Professionalism
      Assess organizational policies and the promotion of ethical practice in addressing healthcare issues/stressors.
    • IO003 Leadership
      Create a leadership philosophy to promote transformational leadership in nursing practice.
    • IO004 Promoting Organizational Health
      Recommend evidence-based strategies to create healthy work environments and promote positive organizational health.
    • IO005 Organizational Change
      Create comprehensive plans for meaningful organizational change.

BSN Track Only: Specialization Competencies (30 cr.)


These competencies are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page. Changing specializations may increase a student’s expected time-to-degree completion and cost.

RN Track: Foundational and Core Curricula


RN Track Only: Foundation Competencies (25 cr.)


  •   
    • IN3001 The Power of Nursing
      Recognize the role of the nurse as a leader in the dynamic field of healthcare.
    • IN3002 Nurses at the Forefront of Issues and Trends
      Analyze factors, issues, and trends impacting the nursing profession.
    • IN3003 Quality and Safety Practices for Healthcare Solutions
      Explain how evidence-based nursing solutions promote patient quality and safety.
    • IN3004 Interprofessional Teamwork: Civil Collaboration for the Common Good
      Recommend appropriate strategies to promote civility and interprofessional communication in the workforce.
    • IN3005 Powerful Caring Leads to Social Change
      Analyze the responsibility of nursing professionals to advocate for social change.
    • IN3006 Creating Your Personal Nursing Legacy
      Evaluate areas of strength and areas of professional growth for improving the health and healthcare delivery of populations.
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    • NR3001 Research Process
      Recognize the elements of the research process.
    • NR3002 Research Methodology
      Analyze research methodologies.
    • NR3003 Interpreting Data
      Analyze and interpret research data.
    • NR3004 Research Recommendations
      Generate reasonable conclusions and recommendations based on published research findings.
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    • PH4001 The Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health
      Analyze the role of the nurse leader in population health.
    • PH4002 Identifying Health Problems Within Your Community
      Justify a public health problem within your community using multiple sources of data.
    • PH4003 Community Assessment (Practicum)
      Analyze a population health problem based on a community assessment.
    • PH4004 Evidence-Based Practice in Public Health Nursing (Practicum)
      Synthesize sources of information to inform public health nursing interventions.
    • PH4005 Evidence-Based Intervention Plan (Practicum)
      Create an evidence-based primary intervention plan at the system level in collaboration with health leaders to improve the health of a population in your community.
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    • CN4001 Nurse as Leader
      Analyze the leadership role of the nurse in preventing and managing health problems across the lifespan in healthcare practice settings.
    • CN4002 Genetics and Genomics
      Develop a patient education fact sheet for a genetic based healthcare issue.
    • CN4003 Staffing Plan
      Analyze the process of creating a staffing plan that meets both patient care needs and budget constraints.
    • CN4004 Data-Driven Nursing Interventions
      Create a data-driven nursing intervention based on quality indicators.
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    • LC4001A Leadership for Organizational Culture and Growth
      Analyze leadership for organizational culture and growth to promote positive social change through patient quality and safety.
    • LC4002A Healthcare Quality
      Analyze healthcare quality for nursing practice.
    • LC4003A Quality Improvement Processes
      Analyze quality improvement processes.
    • LC4004A Quality Improvement Tools
      Analyze information from quality improvement tools.
    • LC4005A Improving Patient Quality and Safety
      Apply quality improvement processes and tools as a scholar-practitioner to improve quality and safety.

RN Track Only: Core Competencies (23 cr.)


  •   
    • FG001 Networking for Academic and Professional Success
      Develop an academic and professional network.
    • FG002 Academic and Professional Strategies and Resources
      Identify academic resources and strategies for success.
    • FG003 Academic and Professional Integrity
      Apply strategies to promote academic integrity and professional ethics.
    • FG004 Scholarship and Nursing Practice
      Analyze peer-reviewed research related to issues in nursing practice.
    • FG005 Professional Development Plan
      Create professional development plans for academic success and professional practice.
    • FG006 Standards of Practice
      Justify selection of the MSN specialization using standards and scope of practice.
  •   
    • PA001 Agenda Setting
      Evaluate federal agendas to promote healthcare issues within the policymaking system/process.
    • PA002 Legislation
      Advocate a position on a population health-related bill.
    • PA003 Regulation
      Analyze how regulations influence the nurse’s role and the delivery, costs, and access to healthcare.
    • PA004 Design and Implementation
      Analyze advocacy and the role of the nurse in healthcare program design and implementation.
    • PA005 Healthcare Program/Policy Evaluation
      Assess outcomes of population health program/policy evaluations.
    • PA006 Global Healthcare Issues
      Analyze the impact of nurse advocacy on addressing global health issues.
  •   
    • TN001 What is Informatics?
      Analyze frameworks and tools for the role of the nurse as an informaticist and knowledge worker.
    • TN002 The Role of Nurse Informatics in Healthcare
      Analyze the role of the nurse informaticist in nursing informatics projects to improve outcomes or efficiencies in healthcare organizations.
    • TN003 Data to Information to Knowledge to Wisdom
      Analyze how standardized terminologies impact the practice of healthcare and nursing informatics.
    • TN004 Technologies Supporting Applied Practice and Optimal Patient Outcomes
      Analyze nursing informatics research on the application of clinical systems to improve outcomes and efficiencies.
    • TN005 The Nurse Leader and the Systems Development Life Cycle
      Define the role of the nurse for participation on an implementation team as a component of the systems development life cycle.
    • TN006 Policy and Regulation Supporting Informatics and Technology
      Evaluate legislative policies and regulations for health and nursing informatics and their impact on improvement for outcomes and efficiencies in nursing practice.
  •   
    • EB001 Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and the Quadruple Aim
      Analyze the relationship between evidence-based practice and the Quadruple Aim in healthcare organizations.
    • EB002 Research Methodology
      Analyze research methodologies described in peer-reviewed articles.
    • EB003 Clinical Inquiry, Problem-Intervention-Comparison-Outcome-Time (PICOT), and Searching Databases
      Analyze relevant, peer-reviewed articles in support of PICOT questions.
    • EB004 Critical Appraisal, Evaluation/Summary, and Synthesis of Evidence
      Recommend best practices based on critical appraisal of evidence-based research.
    • EB005 Evidence-Based Decision-Making
      Recommend evidence-based organizational changes using an evidence-based practice approach to decision-making.
    • EB006 Disseminating Evidenced-Based Practice Changes
      Analyze dissemination strategies for evidence-based practice changes in healthcare.
  •   
    • IO001 Healthcare Environment
      Analyze the impact of national healthcare trends on organizational leadership practice.
    • IO002 Professionalism
      Assess organizational policies and the promotion of ethical practice in addressing healthcare issues/stressors.
    • IO003 Leadership
      Create a leadership philosophy to promote transformational leadership in nursing practice.
    • IO004 Promoting Organizational Health
      Recommend evidence-based strategies to create healthy work environments and promote positive organizational health.
    • IO005 Organizational Change
      Create comprehensive plans for meaningful organizational change.

RN Track Only: Specialization Competencies (25 cr.)


These competencies are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page. Changing specializations may increase a student’s expected time-to-degree completion and cost.

RN Track Only: Capstone Competencies (5 cr.)


These competencies are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page. Changing specializations may increase a student’s expected time-to-degree completion and cost.