Really, we’re still talking about this? A Fresh Perspective on the Value of a BSN
June 11, 2015

Presented by Karen Ouzts, RN, PhD, APHN-BC, BSN Program Director, RN MSN Coordinator

According to the Future of Nursing Report, within five years 80 percent of the country’s nursing positions will be filled by BSNs. Our complex, changing system of healthcare demands that level of skill and expertise.

But a BSN isn’t just a benefit for the healthcare system. With this degree, nurses enrich their real-world experience, gaining a broader understanding of practice, while growing as leaders. As the backbone of the healthcare system, BSNs make a difference in the health of their communities. This presentation explores how.

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Population Health Management: Buzzword or Real Game Changer?
June 9, 2015

Presented by Faisal H. Aboul-Enein, DrPH, MSN, MPH, RN, FNP-BC, USPHS, FRSPH, FACHE

Faculty Member, MSN & DNP Program at Walden University, College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing

As health care costs are still soaring, population health management (PHM) promises to keep communities in tip-top shape with a lowered price tag. At the same time, shared accountability financial arrangements offer significant financial incentives for PHM initiatives, measurement and reporting.

Is PHM a new paradigm or a return to old practices in the outpatient setting? What new tools are available? Who is leading the effort? And how is the aggregate data analyzed?

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Today's Nurse Practitioner

Join our panel of experts as they discuss the latest trends in the nurse practitioner field and explain how the three nurse practitioner (NP) specializations in Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program can prepare you for a career in this rewarding profession.

The webinar will include:

Dr. Joan Stanley, director of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, will discuss the consensus model and implications for all Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs).

Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone, a professor at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and national expert on gerontology, will discuss the increasing importance of gerontology and how practitioners in this specialization can treat all populations over the age of 13—not just seniors.

Dr. Linda Steele, director of Walden’s nurse practitioner program, will provide an overview of the three specializations: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNPs), Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP), and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She will also discuss why the two adult specializations are good alternatives to the FNP practitioner program, which has reached capacity.

DNP: The Future of Nursing Education

Gain valuable insight from a roundtable of nursing experts, including Dr. Geraldine Bednash, CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Dr. Diane Twedell, vice president and chief nursing officer of the Austin Medical Center; and Dr. Andrea Lindell, the DNP program director at Walden. These experts explored topics of great importance to today’s nursing professionals, including:

  • Changes in the nursing profession, including the future of nursing education.
  • Why having a DNP is important for you and for the nursing profession.
  • How a DNP can position you to practice at the highest level of nursing.

Preparing Nurse Leaders - Case Study

How can an RN make the successful transition to a nurse leader? Learn how a case study completed by student nurses positively impacted patient delivery and financial outcomes. Examine the importance of developing key skills in preparation for diverse experiences as a nurse leader. Review requirements and courses for the leadership and management specialization at the Walden M.S. program in Nursing.