Master of Science in Nursing
Mount Saint Mary's College
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Integration of the Liberal Arts

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program incorporates The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing as identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Essential I, Background for Practice from Science and Humanities, guides curricular content and provide the master’s-prepared nurse with knowledge to integrate findings from the humanities and biopsychosocial fields. Care management incorporates an understanding of the needs of a population and the concerns of family, significant others, and communities through valuing and supporting the individual’s decisions with his/her health care and advocating for the client. Students are exposed to complex cultural issues and are able to respond to the needs of various groups. In addition, the MSN curriculum presents various theories including ethical frameworks which support the adherence to one’s ethical and moral values to ensure safety and quality for the clients. Knowledge and skills from information sciences, health communication, and health literacy are utilized by master’s-prepared nurses in their practice.

Sample Content:

  • Analyze cultural and human diversity in a community of interest and ensure that systems meet the needs of the population(s) served and are culturally relevant.
  • Utilize a systematic method to assess clinical situations that present ethical challenges to the nurse, including advanced practice nurses, and identify strategies that enhance effectiveness of the role as advocate for the patient and the family.
  • Describe moral distress, its effect on the nurse’s professional practice, and strategies to reduce moral distress experienced in clinical practice.