The Family Nurse Practitioner option offers students a focus on development and implementation of the nurse practitioner role with families across the lifespan. Ethical dilemmas and legal issues resulting from the advanced practice role are addressed. Primary care provider and leadership roles in community practice are learned from a theoretical knowledge base in the classroom and a clinical practice base in a variety of settings. Students learn needs assessment approaches for a community-wide system of health care services.
At the conclusion of the program of study leading to the degree of Master of Science in Nursing, the graduate:
- Synthesizes theory and research from nursing, the biopsychosocial sciences, and the humanities in their advanced practice role to care for members of diverse populations. - Is able to conduct research, collaborate with other researchers from various disciplines, and implement research findings in practice or educational settings. - Is able to assume the advanced practice role of educator, administrator, researcher, or practitioner. - Is prepared to assume a leadership role to influence change in health care practice at local, regional, and national levels. - Articulates and differentiates the various advanced practice roles within nursing. - Has developed an understanding of the importance of maintaining professional development in their advanced practice role. - Actively engages in collaborative relationships as an advanced practice nurse with professionals from various disciplines and members of diverse populations to improve health care. - Has acquired an educational foundation for doctoral study.