Value of a Master’s-Prepared Nurse
The purpose of the graded collaborative Value of a Master’s-Prepared Nurse discussion is to engage faculty and students in an interactive dialogue to assist the student in organizing, integrating, applying, and critically appraising knowledge regarding advanced nursing practice. Scholarly information obtained from credible sources as well as professional communication is required. Application of information to professional experiences promotes the analysis and use of principles, knowledge, and information learned and related to real-life professional situations. Meaningful dialogue among faculty and students fosters the development of a learning community as ideas, perspectives, and knowledge are shared.
This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes:
- CO 1: Examine roles and competencies of advanced practice nurses essential to performing as leaders and advocates of holistic, safe, and quality care
- CO 2: Apply concepts of person-centered care to nursing practice situations
- CO 3: Analyze essential skills needed to lead within the context of complex systems
- CO 4: Explore the process of scholarship engagement to improve health and healthcare outcomes in various settings
Week 1 only – Initial post is due by Saturday at 11: 59 pm M T.
A 10% late penalty will be imposed for discussions posted after the deadline on Saturday. NOTHING will be accepted after 11:59 pm MT on Sunday (i.e. student will receive an automatic 0 for any portion of the discussion not posted by that time). NOTE: To receive credit for a week’s discussion, students may begin posting no earlier than the Sunday immediately before each week opens.
Unless otherwise specified, access to most weeks begins on Sunday at 12:01 a.m. MT and that week’s assignments are due by the next Sunday by 11:59 p.m. MT. Week 8 opens at 12:01 a.m. MT Sunday and closes at 11:59 p.m. MT Saturday.
Zero is the lowest score that a student can be assigned. Faculty may submit any collaborative discussion posting to Turnitin in order to verify originality.
Total Points Possible: 75
Preparing the Assignment
This discussion will explore the value of a master’s education in nursing. Please provide an initial response to the discussion question by Saturday at 11:59 pm MT and two interactive dialogue responses no later than Sunday at 11:59 PM MT at the end of WEEK 1. The discussion is worth 75 points. Please refer to the discussion grading rubric for additional criteria.
Consider the current healthcare delivery models and practice settings. Reflect on how nursing practice is transforming in response to the current demands of the healthcare system and answer one of the following questions:
- What differentiates the practice of a master’s-prepared nurse compared to that of a baccalaureate-prepared nurse?
- What is the value of a master’s degree in nursing?
- What do you consider to be the most essential professional competency for a master’s prepared nurse practicing in the 21st century?
Refer to AACN Essentials, Chamberlain University Nursing Conceptual Framework, and other scholarly sources. Use at least one outside scholarly article to support your position. Provide an example to illustrate an application to professional practice.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2011). The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing. https://www.aacnnursing.org/Portals/42/Publications/MastersEssentials11.pdf
Chamberlain University. (2018). Philosophy and framework. https://www.chamberlain.edu/docs/defaultsource/academics-admissions/catalog.pdf p.16-17
Clark, L., Casey, D., & Morris, S. (2015). The value of master’s degrees for registered nurses. British Journal of Nursing, 24(6), 328-334.
DeNisco, S. M. & Barker, A. M. (2015). Advanced practice nursing: Essential knowledge for the profession (3rd ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning. – Chapter 1 Introduction to the Role of Advanced Practice Nursing