Tempo Competency-Based BSN to MSN

Nurse educators serve as faculty in nursing schools and teaching hospitals, sharing their knowledge and skills to prepare the next generation of nurses. Channel your experience and knowledge into a rewarding career with the MSN–Nursing Education specialization.

In this program specialization, you will:

  • Prepare to teach in a variety of settings, including the clinical environment, classroom, and patient and staff development settings.
  • Be mentored by Walden’s outstanding School of Nursing faculty. The school’s teaching faculty are all doctoral degree holders with the practical expertise to help you develop as an educator.
  • Apply what you’ve learned in a real-world setting through fieldwork experience.

The BSN Track is for registered nurses who already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Students who enter the program with a BSN will complete the following core curriculum and then advance to the courses in the Nursing Education specialization.

If you hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN), see the RN 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-Nursing Education program has been carefully designed by expert faculty with input from employers, with both your education and future employment in mind.

Completion Requirements

  • 53 total quarter credits
    • Core Competencies (23)
    • Specialization Competencies (30)

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

Advanced Pathopharmacology and Advanced Health Assessment (NURS 6380)

  • AH001 Concepts of Advanced Health Assessment for the Nurse Educator: Perform comprehensive and systematic health assessments at an advanced clinical reasoning level.
  • AH002 Concepts of Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for the Nurse Educator: Analyze pathophysiology and pharmacotherapeutic interventions of common disorders across the lifespan.
  • AH003 Case Presentation: Synthesize plans of care for case presentation.

Foundational Skills for Nurse Educators in Academic and Healthcare Environments (NURS 6370)

  • NE001 The Roles of the Academic Nurse Educator and the Nursing Professional Development Practitioner: Differentiate the roles of the Academic Nurse Educator and the Nursing Professional Development Practitioner.
  • NE002 Learning Theories in Nursing Education: Apply learning theories for nursing education in academic and practice settings.
  • NE003 Educational Design Process: Apply the educational design process to educational activities that meet defined learning needs.
  • NE004 Organizational Alignment: Align professional activities with the mission, vision, and strategic plan of a professional organization/institution.
  • NE005 Nursing Professional Development as a Nursing Specialty Practice: Apply the Nursing Professional Development Scope and Standards of Practice into all areas of professional development practice.
  • NE006 Role of the Academic Clinical Nurse Educator: Integrate core competencies for academic clinical nurse educators into academic education practice.
  • NE007 Leadership in Nursing Education in Academic and Practice Settings: Analyze leadership in nursing education in academic and practice settings

Curriculum Development, Assessment, and Evaluation (NURS 6321)

  • AE001 Foundational Concepts of Curriculum Development, Assessment, and Evaluation: Explain foundational concepts and principles related to curriculum development, assessment, and evaluation.
  • AE002 Introduction to Curriculum Development: Evaluate alignment and congruence of curriculum components.
  • AE003 Curriculum Design Approaches and Processes: Analyze curriculum design approaches, components, and processes.
  • AE004 Curriculum and Evaluation Processes: Analyze standards-based nursing curriculum, assessments, and evaluations designed to improve health and performance outcomes.

Teaching Learning Strategies; Integrating Technology into Nursing Education (NURS 6331)

  • TL001 Course Design and Learner Characteristics: Analyze learner characteristics and their influence on lesson design.
  • TL002 Instructional Strategies and Learning Outcomes: Evaluate instructional strategies and methods to support learning outcomes in nursing education.
  • TL003 Lesson Planning and Implementation: Design classroom or face-to-face lessons that integrate technology to achieve learning objectives and outcomes.
  • TL004 Testing and Evaluation: Create appropriate assessments and evaluations to measure desired outcomes for nursing education.
  • TL005 Digital Learning Experiences: Develop asynchronous, online, and media-based lessons to improve nursing practice and patient care.

Specialty in Clinical Nursing (NURS 6341)

  • SN001 Focus and Objectives for Advanced Practice: Identify a focus within a clinical specialty and formulate objectives for advanced nursing practice.
  • SN002 Comprehensive and Systematic Assessment: Plan and conduct comprehensive and systematic assessments on patients using advanced levels of decision making within a clinical specialty.
  • SN003 Patient Care: Recommend evidence-based interventions in advanced nursing practice to ensure positive outcomes for patients.
  • SN004 Self-Assessment in Advanced Practice: Use multiple measures to self-assess performance for advanced skills and practice within a clinical specialty.

Role of the Nurse Educator (NURS 6351)

  • RN001 Nurse Educator Roles and Settings: Analyze roles of nurse educators in a variety of nursing settings.
  • RN002 Professional Goals and Roles: Identify professional goals as a nurse educator and analyze settings and roles related to those goals
  • RN003 Conflict Management: Apply strategies for the nurse educator to prevent and manage conflict in nursing education.
  • RN004 Supporting all Learners: Apply strategies to create positive learning environments and to support learner needs, perspectives, and performance.
  • RN005 Career Advancement and Changing Roles: Write resumes, cover letters, and professional profiles to advance in the field of nursing education.

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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