Tempo Competency-Based RN to MSN

As a nurse, you have the potential to shape the future of patient care. Take your leadership and influence to a new level with the Nurse Executive specialization. In this specialization, you will:

  • Examine how effective, collaborative management can support improved patient outcomes.
  • Build critical skills in management strategy, decision-making, planning, finance, patient safety management, and human resources.

The RN Track is for registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN).

This track requires that you fulfill general education requirements. Once you meet these requirements, you can begin the foundations and core competencies for the MSN.

If you already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), see the BSN Track.

Progress at Your Own Pace

The Tempo Learning option is designed for working professionals. Your progress is measured by the mastery or demonstration of skills, abilities, and knowledge in a particular area of study.

Each competency included in the MSN-Nurse Executive program has been carefully designed by expert faculty with input from employers, with both your education and future employment in mind.

Completion Requirements

  • 78 total quarter credits
    • Foundation Competencies (25)
    • Core Competencies (23)
    • Specialization Competencies (25)
    • Capstone Competencies (5)

Foundation Competencies

Issues and Trends in Nursing (Aligning to NURS 3100)

  • IN3001 The Power of Nursing:  Recognize the role of the nurse as a leader in the dynamic field of healthcare.
  • IN3002 Nurses at the Forefront of Issues and Trends:  Analyze factors, issues, and trends impacting the nursing profession.
  • IN3003 Quality and Safety Practices for Healthcare Solutions:  Explain how evidence-based nursing solutions promote patient quality and safety.
  • IN3004 Inter-Professional Teamwork: Civil Collaboration for the Common Good:  Recommend appropriate strategies to promote civility and inter-professional communication in the workforce.
  • IN3005 Powerful Caring Leads to Social Change:  Analyze the responsibility of nursing professionals to advocate for social change.
  • IN3006 Creating Your Personal Nursing Legacy:  Evaluate areas of strength and areas of professional growth for improving the health and healthcare delivery of populations.

Foundations of Nursing Research (Aligns to NURS 3150)

  • NR3001 Research Process: Recognize the elements of the research process.
  • NR3002 Research Methodology: Analyze research methodologies.
  • NR3003 Interpreting Data: Analyze and interpret research data.
  • NR3004 Research Recommendations: Generate reasonable conclusions and recommendations based on published research findings.

Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health (Aligns to NURS 4210)

  • PH4001 The Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health: Analyze the role of the nurse leader in population health.
  • PH4002 Identifying Health Problems within Your Community: Justify a public health problem within your community using multiple sources of data.
  • PH4003 Community Assessment (Practicum): Analyze a population health problem based on a community assessment.
  • PH4004 Evidence-Based Practice in Public Health Nursing (Practicum): Synthesize sources of information to inform public health nursing interventions.
  • PH4005 Evidence-Based Intervention Plan (Practicum): Create an evidence-based primary intervention plan at the system level in collaboration with health leaders to improve the health of a population in your community.

Topics in Clinical Nursing (Aligns to NURS 4005)

  • CN4001 Nurse as Leader: Analyze the leadership role of the nurse in preventing and managing health problems across the lifespan in health care practice settings.
  • CN4002 Genetics and Genomics: Develop a patient education fact sheet for a genetic based health care issue.
  • CN4003 Staffing Plan: Analyze the process of creating a staffing plan that meets both patient care needs and budget constraints.
  • CN4004 Data-driven Nursing Interventions: Create a data-driven nursing intervention based on quality indicators.

Leadership Competencies in Nursing and Healthcare (Aligns to NURS 4220)

  • LC4001 Healthcare Quality: Analyze healthcare quality for nursing practice.
  • LC4002 Quality Improvement Processes: Analyze quality improvement processes.
  • LC4003 Quality Improvement Tools: Analyze information from quality improvement tools.
  • LC4004 Leadership for Organizational Culture and Growth: Analyze leadership for organizational culture and growth to promote positive social change through patient quality and safety.
  • LC4005 Improving Patient Quality and Safety: Apply quality improvement processes and tools as a scholar-practitioner to improve quality and safety.

Core Competencies

Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing (NURS 6003)

  • FG001 Networking for Academic and Professional Success: Develop an academic and professional network.
  • FG002 Academic and Professional Strategies and Resources: Identify academic resources and strategies for success.
  • FG003 Academic and Professional Integrity: Apply strategies to promote academic integrity and professional ethics.
  • FG004 Scholarship and Nursing Practice: Analyze peer-reviewed research related to issues in nursing practice.
  • FG005 Professional Development Plan: Create professional development plans for academic success and professional practice.
  • FG006 Standards of Practice: Justify selection of the MSN specialization using standards and scope of practice.

Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health (NURS 6050)

  • PA001 Agenda Setting: Evaluate federal agendas to promote healthcare issues within the policymaking system/process.
  • PA002 Legislation: Advocate a position on a population health-related bill.
  • PA003 Regulation: Analyze how regulations influence the nurse's role and the delivery, costs, and access to healthcare.
  • PA004 Design and Implementation: Analyze advocacy and the role of the nurse in healthcare program design and implementation .
  • PA005 Healthcare Program/Policy Evaluation: Assess outcomes of population health program/policy evaluations.
  • PA006 Global Healthcare Issues: Analyze the impact of nurse advocacy on addressing global health issues.

Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology (NURS 6051)

  • TN001 What is Informatics? Analyze frameworks and tools for the role of the nurse as an informaticist and knowledge worker.
  • TN002 The role of Nurse Informatics in Healthcare: Analyze the role of the nurse informaticist in nursing informatics projects to improve outcomes or efficiencies in healthcare organizations.
  • TN003 Data to Information to Knowledge to Wisdom: Analyze how standardized terminologies impact the practice of healthcare and nursing informatics.
  • TN004 Technologies Supporting Applied Practice and Optimal Patient Outcomes: Analyze nursing informatics research on the application of clinical systems to improve outcomes and efficiencies.
  • TN005 The Nurse Leader and the Systems Development Life Cycle: Define the role of the nurse for participation on an implementation team as a component of the systems development life cycle.
  • TN006 Policy and Regulation Supporting Informatics and Technology Integration: Evaluate legislative policies and regulations for health and nursing informatics and their impact on improvement for outcomes and efficiencies in nursing practice.

Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice (NURS 6052)

  • EB001 Evidence-based Practice (EBP) and the Quadruple Aim: Analyze the relationship between evidence-based practice and the Quadruple Aim in healthcare organizations.
  • EB002 Research Methodology: Analyze research methodologies described in peer-reviewed articles.
  • EB003 Clinical Inquiry, Problem-Intervention-Comparison-Outcome-Time (PICOT), and Searching Databases: Analyze relevant, peer-reviewed articles in support of PICOT questions.
  • EB004 Critical Appraisal, Evaluation/Summary, and Synthesis of Evidence: Recommend best practices based on critical appraisal of evidence-based research.
  • EB005 Evidence-Based Decision-Making: Recommend evidence-based organizational changes using an evidence-based practice approach to decision-making.
  • EB006 Disseminating Evidenced-Based Practice Changes: Analyze dissemination strategies for evidence-based practice changes in healthcare.

Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership (NURS 6053)

  • IO001 Healthcare Environment: Analyze the impact of national healthcare trends on organizational leadership practice.
  • IO002 Professionalism: Assess organizational policies and the promotion of ethical practice in addressing healthcare issues/stressors.
  • IO003 Leadership: Create a leadership philosophy to promote transformational leadership in nursing practice.
  • IO004 Promoting Organizational Health: Recommend evidence-based strategies to create healthy work environments and promote positive organizational health.
  • IO005 Organizational Change: Create comprehensive plans for meaningful organizational change.

Specialization Competencies

Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare (NURS 6201)

  • LN001 Leadership Models and Styles: Apply leadership styles to address varied situations in healthcare settings.
  • LN002 Systems Thinking in Nursing Leadership: Apply systems thinking to improve nursing leadership in transitions of care processes.
  • LN003 Strategies for Conflict Resolution: Apply strategies for conflict resolution.
  • LN004 Leadership to Support Excellence in Nursing Practice: Analyze transformational leadership behaviors that support evidence-based practice.
  • LN005 Empowerment of the Nurse Leader in Organizational Structures: Analyze opportunities for the nurse executive to enact, influence, and engage in decision making to improve health and care delivery.

Finance and Economics in Health Care Delivery (NURS 6211)

  • FE001 Making a Business Case: Apply concepts and principles of finance and economics to the proposal of new healthcare products and services.
  • FE002 Health Economics and Financial Analyses: Apply skills for creating and managing healthcare budgets.
  • FE003 Budgets and Budgeting: Create and manage healthcare budgets.
  • FE004 Costs and Savings: Evaluate healthcare service costs and savings.
  • FE005 Financial Health and Nurse Entrepreneurs: Assess financial reports and apply financial concepts for healthcare budget requests.

Managing Human Resources (NURS 6221)

  • MH001 Employee Recruitment and Selection: Apply strategies for effectively recruiting and selecting nursing staff.
  • MH002 Support and Empowerment of Employees: Develop an employee empowerment plan that supports job performance and satisfaction.
  • MH003 Performance Management in Nursing Settings: Apply systems thinking in assessing employee performance in nurse settings.
  • MH004 Diversity as a Human Resource: Apply strategies for embracing, leveraging, and managing diversity and inclusion in nurse settings.
  • MH005 Leadership, Ethics, and the Law: Apply legal and ethical standards to actions and decision making in nursing leadership.

Healthcare Systems and Quality Outcomes (NURS 6231)

  • HQ001 Methods and Tools for Quality and Safety: Apply methods and tools for quality and safety in healthcare.
  • HQ002 Measurement and Evaluation of Quality Outcomes: Apply strategies for measuring and evaluating quality outcomes in healthcare settings.
  • HQ003 Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Nursing: Analyze interdisciplinary approaches to maximize quality of care and patient outcomes.
  • HQ004 Innovations to Improve Outcomes: Recommend systems innovations to improve quality outcomes.

Strategic Planning in Health Care Organizations (NURS 6241)

  • HC001 Key Concepts in Strategic Planning in Healthcare Organizations: Explain concepts related to the purposes and processes of strategic planning in healthcare settings.
  • HC002 Strategic Planning Needs Analysis: Analyze strategic planning needs for healthcare organizations or issues.
  • HC003 Goals, Objectives, and Strategies to Inform Strategic Plans: Develop goals, objectives, and strategies to inform strategic plans.
  • HC004 Resources to Inform Strategic Plans: Apply resources to inform strategic plans.

Capstone (NURS 6600)

  • SY001 Leadership, Nursing Practice, and Social Change: Design a project to enhance nursing practice and promote social change in a practicum setting.
  • SY002 Leadership and Career Advancement: Prepare a professional portfolio to advance in a nurse executive role.

*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.

Note on Field Experience and Relocating
Students who are considering relocating are advised to contact their Student Success Advisor prior to any decision to relocate in order to determine how relocation may impact progress in their program. Advisors can provide information and guidance on how relocating may result in possible changes, restrictions, and/or additional requirements affecting field experience. Each Board of Nursing and Higher Education Authority governs the field experience rules and regulations in their respective states, and students may be unable to complete field experience in the state in which they plan to relocate. While Walden is committed to working collaboratively with students to secure field sites across the United States, it is imperative that students contact their Student Success Advisor immediately when considering relocating.

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