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1The Essentials of Master’s Education in NursingMarch 21, 2011TABLE OF CONTENTSIntroduction3Master’s Education in Nursing and Areas of Practice5Context for Nursing Practice6Master’s Nursing Education Curriculum7The Essentials of Master’s Education in NursingI.Background for Practice from Sciences and Humanities9II.Organizational and Systems Leadership11III.Quality Improvement and Safety13IV.Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice15V.Informatics and Healthcare Technologies17VI.Health Policy and Advocacy20VII.Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patientand Population Health Outcomes22VIII. Clinical Prevention and Population Health forImproving Health24IX.Master’s-Level Nursing Practice26Clinical/Practice Learning Expectations for Master’s Programs29Summary31Glossary31
2References40Appendix A:Task Force on theEssentials of Master’s Education in Nursing49Appendix B:Participants who attended Stakeholder Meetings50Appendix C:Schools of Nursing that Participated in the Regional Meetingsor Provided Feedback52Appendix D:Professional Organizations that Participated in the RegionalMeetings or Provided Feedback63Appendix E:Healthcare Systems that Participated in the Regional Meetings64
3The Essentials of Master’s Education in NursingMarch 21, 2011TheEssentials of Master’s Education in Nursingreflect the profession’s continuing call forimagination, transformative thinking, and evolutionary change in graduate education. Theextraordinary explosion of knowledge, expanding technologies, increasing diversity, and globalhealth challenges produce a dynamic environment for nursing and amplify nursing’s criticalcontributions to health care. Master’s education prepares nurses for flexible leadership andcritical action within complex, changing systems, including health, educational, andorganizational systems. Master’s education equips nurses with valuable knowledge and skills tolead change, promote health, and elevate care in various roles and settings. Synergy with theseEssentials,current and future healthcare reform legislation, and the action-orientedrecommendations of the Initiative on the Future of Nursing (IOM, 2010) highlights the value andtransforming potential of the nursing profession.TheseEssentialsare core for all master’s programs in nursing and provide the necessarycurricular elements and framework, regardless of focus, major, or intended practice setting. TheseEssentialsdelineate the outcomes expected of all graduates of master’s nursing programs. TheseEssentialsare not prescriptive directives on the design of programs. Consistent with theBaccalaureateandDoctorate of Nursing Practice Essentials, this document does not addresspreparation for specific roles, which may change and emerge over time. TheseEssentialsalsoprovide guidance for master’s programs during a time when preparation for specialty advancednursing practice is transitioning to the doctoral level.

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