Inspiring the next generation of nurses.

Nurse educator roles are in high demand. The Master’s of Science in Nursing program Nurse Educator track prepares graduates with the knowledge and experiences necessary to assume educator roles in academic or non-academic settings. Graduates are educationally prepared to sit for the NLN Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examination and are eligible to take the certification examination once they have met all of the criteria specified by NLN.

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The Program

The Nurse Educator (NE) track is a 42 credit track offered in a full-time and part-time plan of study in a fully online format*. Graduates of the NE track are prepared to fulfill the Nurse Educator role in clinical and academic environments.  Students complete a 225 clock hours of experiential learning in clinical and academic settings.

*Students may be required to complete up to 8 hours on on-campus time to complete Advanced Health Assessment requirements. Student must also complete 225 hours of preceptor-guided experiences in clinical and academic settings.

Full-time spring plan of study
Part-time spring plan of study
Full-time fall plan of study
Part-time fall plan of study

MSN core courses, 25 credits:

Examination of the profession of advanced nursing practice and its contribution to the nursing profession, healthcare team, and society. Students explore theoretical principles from nursing and other disciplines that contribute developing leadership, collaborative, communication, change agent and advocate skills. Emaphsis is placed on professional and ethical behaviors as a basis for role development and role clarity.

Evaluation and integration of evidence into practice to improve outcomes in diverse populations is explored. Students will critically evaluate study rigor and findings using evidence-based models. Quality improvement processes, outcomes measurement, and dissemination options are examined. Emphasis is placed on the ethical considerations of study design, methods and outcomes and the development of skills necessary to translate evidence into a variety of practice settings.

Prerequisites:

Examination of the economic, legal, and regulatory factors that influence organizations. Emphasis is placed applying leadership skills to systematically appraise the function of organizations and identify effective quality improvement initiatives within the context of interprofessional teams. Students also will explore the roles of nurse leaders in using data-driven budgeting, cost containment and productivity, staffing and staff development to promote safe and effective delivery of health care and services.

The graduate student is provided the opportunity to expand knowledge of the health behavior models and methods for maintaining or enhancing health. Variants in health including environmental, social, and human diversity issues are emphasized. The development and application of social and political policy for interdisciplinary approaches to health promotion are explored. The student is afforded the opportunity to examine the process of health promotion that enables individuals, families and communities to increase control over and improve their health across the life span. Epidemiology will be used as a tool to examine health promotion and disease prevention.

Prerequisites:

Focus on the political and social structures that shape health policy and their impact on health delivery and outcomes. Emphasis is placed on the relationships between health policy and financial, legal, regulatory, ethical, quality and safety factors. Students also will explore global, national and regional health policy and trend related to population health and health outcomes.

Focuses on the study of pathophysiological processes and alteration of physiology that occur with injury and/or disease. Emphasis is placed on the interactions between etiologies, genetic, environmental, developmental factors, and disease across the lifespan. Students will incorporate literature-supported evidence and clinical reasoning skills to distinguish alterations in multiple organ systems.

Prerequisites:

NUR 540 Advanced Pathophysiology, Admission to MSN program or Department approval

Expansion of assessment knowledge and skills, through didactic, laboratory practice and simulation. Students develop skills in obtaining and documenting comprehensive and episodic assessments in individuals across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on patient-centered assessment including age, gender, culture, health promotion, and health risk. Students develop advanced history and physical assessment skills and apply them to the differential diagnosis process, using evidence-based guidelines and practices.

Prerequisites:

Focus on the pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of broad categories of pharmacologic agents across the lifespan. Students will gain knowledge of the pharmacologic action of drugs and the evidence-based application of pharmacotherapeutics in health promotion, disease prevention, and management of disease across the lifespan.

Prerequisites:

First of two courses where students develop a scholarly portfolio to demonstrate achievement of program outcomes and specific role competencies. Scholarly portfolios will include exemplar work demonstrating achievement of the program outcomes and role competencies, scholarly reflections specific to professional growth and lifelong learning, and curriculum vitae.

Prerequisites:

Final of two courses where students develop a scholarly portfolio to demonstrate achievement of program outcomes and specific role competencies. Scholarly portfolios will include exemplar work demonstrating achievement of the program outcomes and role competencies, scholarly reflections specific to professional growth and lifelong learning, and curriculum vitae.

Nurse educator specialty, 17 credits:

Exploration and critique of philosophical and theoretical foundations of teaching and learning in a variety of nursing education settings. Emphasis is placed on who the learner is, the diversity of learners, and an understanding of the use of self as an educator. Students gain a comprehensive view of the educator’s role in curriculum development, evaluation, and design and will be challenged in think critically about ways to ensure that learning is meaningful.

Principles and processes of curriculum development and instructional design are introduced to familiarize the nurse educator with the teaching/learning processes in nursing education, staff development, and patient education. The focus is to design practical strategies to facilitate learning across cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains with the use of technology. Emphasis is on application of innovative teaching techniques and evaluation of educational experiences in nursing education.

Application of assessment strategies that facilitate and determine student learning builds on principles of assessment and evaluation of learning in academic, online, and clinical settings. Students will explore content about assessment verses evaluation: formative and summative assessment, test item development and analysis, evaluation rubrics, standardized testing blueprints, and evaluation of clinical performance. Legal and ethical issues in higher education and nursing practice are explored.

Effective use of leadership skills to promote learner-centered teaching as a change agent. Information technology skills are enhanced by exploring the use of learning management systems, virtual reality platforms, and simulations in academia. Emphasis will be placed on the application of instructional technologies from the perspective of theory, research, practice, and promoting future trends.

Preceptor-led and faculty guided application of nurse educator knowledge and skills within a healthcare organization. Emphasis is on designing health information and patient education materials through synthesis of empirical evidence using health literacy skills and expert knowledge in nursing practice.

Prerequisites:

Preceptor-led and faculty guided application of nurse educator knowledge and skills in the classroom, clinical practice and/or skills lab setting to enhance role development. Emphasis is on the development of content design, implementation of teaching strategies, and evaluation methods used in education. Issues and trends, including legal and ethical, impacting the future role of the nurse educator is highlighted.

The Marian University MSN program Nurse Educator track uses the following professional standards and guidelines in the development, delivery, and assessment of the program:

  • Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs [Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 2018]
  • The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing [American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2011]
  • National League for Nursing (NLN) Competencies for the Academic Nurse Educator [National League for Nursing (NLN), 2012]

Mission Statement

The Nursing Department is an integral, dynamic, and innovative entity committed to the education and preparation of diverse health care professionals in a faith-based academic institution while improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities through the application of evidence-based practice in a global environment.

Program Philosophy

Provide state of the art undergraduate and graduate nursing education that endows nursing graduates with the knowledge, values, and skills to work within collaborative interdisciplinary teams to provide safe patient-centered care in any setting.  Through the use of research evidence, health informatics, and knowledge of quality improvement, graduates will have the skill set to lead change in individual patient care settings, the community, and the nursing profession.

The undergraduate and graduate programs will provide a curriculum which fosters personal growth, professional development, and a commitment of service to the profession, lifelong learning, a community of respect, a commitment to social justice, and the freedom to explore spiritual traditions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Marian University Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, graduates demonstrate the processes of acquiring/generating knowledge, critical thinking, valuing, decision making, and communicating to:

  • Integrate advanced theoretical and scientific knowledge to guide advanced nursing leadership in diverse practice settings.
  • Integrate outcome data, evidence-based practice recommendations and professional standards of care to improve population health outcomes.
  • Apply leadership and inter-professional skills in healthcare delivery systems to ensure safe and quality care.
  • Apply principles of information systems and population health to deliver evidence-based, culturally relevant strategies for individuals, families and aggregate populations.
  • Employ collaborative strategies to advance the profession of nursing through the integration of theory, research, policy, and practice excellence.

The Master of Science in Nursing program in the Nursing Department consists of 2 tracks: the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and the Nurse Educator (NE), and a post-graduate NE certificate.

Master of Science in Nursing Program Goals

The mission and philosophy of the Nursing Department serve as a foundation for the development of graduate program goals. The nursing graduate program goals are to:

  1. Provide nursing programs grounded in Judeo-Christian tradition.
  2. Prepare learners for life-long learning in formal and informal settings.
  3. Provide nursing education that prepares students to practice nursing in various settings with diverse populations.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Marian University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.}
https://www.hlcommission.org/

Applications to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program are open and reviewed on a rolling basis for both fall and spring semester cohorts. Deadlines for applicant submission is July 1 for Fall semester start and December 1 for Spring semester start.

Admission to the graduate program is competitive with selection of students based on academic acumen, congruent professional goals with program track, work experience (if applicable) and professional references.

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program are required to submit a completed admission packet to the Admissions Office by the deadline specific to the starting term. Application requirements are as follows:

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program are required to submit a completed admission packet to the Admissions Office by the deadline specific to the starting term.  Application requirements are as follows:

  • $50 non-refundable application fee (this fee will be applied to tuition costs if they applicant matriculates into the MSN program).
  • Earned Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended.
  • Unencumbered Wisconsin Registered Nurse (RN) license.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for the BSN degree.
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate course in statistics within the last five (5) years. Statistics course must include content on descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Two (2) professional references.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae.
  • *Professional goal statement.

*Professional goal statement

All applicants will submit a 4 page, double-spaced maximum length goal statement that addresses the following (please use these as headings):

  • Reasons for choosing Marian University
  • Reasons for choosing the program track (Family Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator)
  • Personal and professional attributes that will contribute to your success in graduate school
  • Preparations for the rigors of graduate education
  • Short and long-term professional goals

Applications to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program are open and reviewed on a rolling basis for both fall and spring semester cohorts. Deadlines for applicant submission is July 1 for Fall semester start and December 1  for Spring semester start.

“Marian University created such a welcoming environment that I have achieved two degrees here and become part of the undergraduate faculty. The balance of the hybrid program benefits any adult learner who wants the flexibility of online with personal attention of small class sizes. The online teaching certificate built into this program makes graduates market ready for a variety of academic careers. A highly recommended program.”

Rachel Loduha, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor
Marian University

Kimberly Udlis, PhD
Associate Dean of Nursing and Chief Nurse Administrator
Kaudlis48@marianuniversity.edu

Katie Hughes, DNP
Undergraduate Program Director
Kmhughes65@marianuniversity.edu

Lori Yogerst, RN, MSN
Coordinator, RN to BSN Program
Layogerst90@marianuniversity.edu

Anne Rosploch, MSN
Coordinator, Nursing Resource and Simulation Center
Amrosploch41@marianuniversity.edu

Darlene Adelmeyer, MSN
Assistant Professor
Daadelmeyer00@marianuniversity.edu

Tammy Chapin, PhD
Assistant Professor
Tmchapin82@marianuniversity.edu

Janice Edelstien, EdD
Associate Professor
jedelstein@marianuniversity.edu

Christine Laurent, MSN
Associate Professor
Cplaurent59@marianuniversity.edu

Rachel Loduha, MSN
Assistant Professor
Reloduha00@marianuniversity.edu

Jennifer Nicpon, DNP
Adjunct Professor
Jjnicpon04@marianuniversity.edu

Nancy Noble, MSN
Associate Professor
nnoble@marianuniversity.edu 

Pat O’Connor, MSN
Professor
poconnor@marianuniversity.edu

Cheryl Passel, PhD
Assistant Professor
Capassel24@marianuniversity.edu

Karen Roberts, MSN
Associate Professor
kmroberts@marianuniversity.edu

Kari Steinbeck, MSN
Assistant Professor
Kasteinbeck39@marianuniversity.edu 

Breana Sutfin, MSN
Assistant Professor
Bmsutfin00@marianuniversity.edu

Melissa Zar, MSN
Assistant Professor
Mazar24@marianuniversity.edu

Brooke Zelhofer, DNP
Assistant Professor
Bazelhofer20@marianuniversity.edu

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