Tempo Competency-Based RN 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 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-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

  • 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

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.

*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.

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