No. 1 in Master of Science in Nursing graduates in the U.S.**

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Help shape the future of healthcare by educating and mentoring nurses and preparing them to make an even greater impact in the lives of their patients.

Play a pivotal role in strengthening the nursing workforce, serving as a role model and providing the leadership needed to implement evidence-based practice.

Learn to design, implement, evaluate, and revise educational programs for nurses, including formal academic programs that lead to a degree or certificate and more informal continuing education programs designed to meet individual learning needs. Fieldwork experience provides you with an opportunity to apply learning in a real-world environment. Our team of practicum coordinators is available to help at every step of your fieldwork journey.

Upon completing this specialization, Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Design curricula and programs that facilitate the learning of nursing students, colleagues, patients and other healthcare professionals.
  • Effectively communicate your knowledge and share your experience with others.
  • Evaluate learning and document the outcomes of the educational process.
  • Pursue academic research that advances the nursing field.
  • 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.

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.
  • Receive approval for early conditional admission to the RN-MSN (specialty practice) program while completing your last term of an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or Nursing Diploma program and successfully completing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a licensed Registered Nurse (RN). Request information or contact an enrollment advisor to learn more.
  • 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.

Find detailed information for this program if you hold a BSN or hold a RN, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

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Walden MSN Graduate is Advocating for Nurses

The condition of nursing burnout has emerged as a serious trend within today's healthcare environment. For Caroline Sánchez, Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing program helped her gain the critical skills she needed to help combat burnout and compassion fatigue among oncology nurses.
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[MUSIC PLAYING] CAROLINE SANCHEZ: My name is Caroline Sanchez. I'm an oncology nurse, and I work in the breast cancer clinic. 

I was 21 years old when my mother passed away from metastatic breast cancer. So I pursued my nursing career to work with the cancer population. 

The work that I was born to do was to really be with people when they're experiencing fear. The suffering that I was seeing in each patient started to really wear on me. 

Compassion fatigue and burnout are real occupational hazards in health-care institutions. I was noticing how it was depleting nurses of their ability to really offer up the best of them. 

Walden University really allowed me to see that I could do something about this. And so I developed hoop dancing to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue among nurses. Hoop dancing is an embodied movement meditation practice. This is really about the necessity of self-care through joy replenishment. 

Walden University's philosophy of creating positive social change in our communities is incredibly important for me. I have accomplished so much more than I ever thought I could have with my Masters of Science in Nursing Education. 

MIGUEL A. CARDENAS: You cannot be inspired and committed to do something if you're not joyful. That's what she brings. She brings joy. 

CAROLINE SANCHEZ: My why is to advocate for nurses to practice self-care. 

[MUSIC PLAYING] 

*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

**Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP code 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse). Includes 2016 preliminary data.

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