The advanced practice registered nurse role in the healthcare system is becoming increasingly critical—and specialized—as the healthcare industry undergoes myriad changes.
Adult / Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNPs) are advanced practice nurses who hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and who have advanced clinical training. AGPCNPs are trained to assess, diagnose, treat, and manage a variety of health issues among patients, ages 13 years and older. This specialization explores strategies for improving health outcomes through effective communication and collaboration. You’ll have the opportunity to explore current health topics through a curriculum developed in collaboration with experts who serve in leading healthcare systems and institutions. Courses are rooted in evidence-based practice so that you can gain knowledge in providing quality, comprehensive, accessible, and cost-effective care.
This specialization can prepare you to make a positive difference in today’s dynamic and ever-changing healthcare environment, whether in clinical practice or a related health professional role. You can gain responsibility in your current role or prepare to advance your career. Walden practicum coordinators are available to assist you in meeting your practicum requirements. Graduates can pursue national adult nurse practitioner certification and state credentialing.
The AGPCNP 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.
Upon completing this specialization, graduates will be prepared to:
- Pursue national certification and state credentialing.
- Assess risk factors, treat illness and promote healthy living in adolescents (13+), young adults, and older adults.
- Effectively communicate with patients.
- Make a positive difference in today’s dynamic and ever-changing healthcare environment, whether in clinical practice or a related health professional role.
- Gain responsibility in your current role or prepare to advance your career.
- 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.
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