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CCNE logoEnhance your earning and advancement potential while making a difference for seriously ill patients with the Adult / Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialization.

In this specialization, you can gain the knowledge and clinical skills to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care to individuals 13 years or older with complex acute and chronic medical conditions. Coursework focuses on building your core competencies as a nurse practitioner while preparing you to work at an advanced level of practice within hospital emergency departments, intensive care units, trauma centers, specialty medicine areas, and other high-acuity environments.

The Adult / Gerontology Acute Care specialization allows for more personalized attention and support throughout the program and practicum. Walden practicum coordinators are available to assist you in meeting your practicum requirements and you can view this FAQ document for answers to some of the most common questions.

In Walden’s MSN program, you can:

  • Collaborate with nurses from around the country in an interactive online environment.
  • Learn from expert teaching faculty—100% of whom hold doctoral degrees.
  • Gain the opportunity to translate knowledge into practice by designing, developing, and implementing a project in a professional healthcare setting.
  • Acquire the knowledge needed to act as a change agent and apply your enhanced expertise within the healthcare environment. 
  • Join Phi Nu, Walden’s chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and connect with nurses around the world to share the latest nursing research and best practices in clinical, scientific, and leadership areas.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this specialization, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Pursue new career opportunities, advance as a nursing professional, and gain recognition for your credentials and experience.
  • Treat acutely or chronically ill adolescents (13+), young adults, adults, and older adults from initial assessment and diagnosis to developing a treatment and care plan.
  • Apply research and evidence-based practice to support quality improvement initiatives.
  • Serve as a mentor to students and nursing staff as well as an advocate for continuing medical education.
  • Take an active role in helping your organization increase efficiency, shorten patient stays, and improve the quality of patient care.
  • Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
  • Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
  • Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of specialist nursing care.
  • Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
  • Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
  • Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

Testimonials

Allison Souza

Allison Souza

MSN Graduate / DNP Student
Walden’s classes strengthened my leadership skills and supported me to help homeless people and veterans within my community.
I chose Walden because of its faculty commitment to students and its commitmentto social change. I want to master the tools I need to better myself and the community in which I serve.
I find that when I educate, whether in a formal or informal environment, I learn from my students as much as they learn from me.
Alvin Mena Cantero MSN Graduate
Alvin Mena Centaro
Cynthia Hickman MSN Graduate / PhD in Health Services Student
Cynthia Hickman
Lynn Sayre Visser MSN Graduate
Lynn Sayre Visser
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