Master of Science in Nursing
Current economic and health care demands have challenged the nursing profession to increase the number of nurse graduates. This creates a strain on existing nursing programs given the shortage of nursing faculty. Therefore, it is essential to train more nurse educators who are knowledgeable about educational methodologies supported by information technology.
In the Education MSN track at Chatham, students will learn to develop as nurse educators. Course work will focus on the professional role of a nurse educator as well as provide instruction on teaching strategies, curriculum design and evaluation, and utilization of information technologies enabling students to acquire skills necessary for education of current and future nurses. Graduates of the education track will be equally ready to drive nursing education in the classroom, clinic, or other educational settings.
Education Track Courses (credits)
|NUR 632: Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education
This course focuses on the processes of curriculum development and evaluation that are critical responsibilities of nurse educators in schools of nursing, patient education programs, or staff development. Course goals include how the curriculum provides guidelines for program delivery and methods for evaluating program effectiveness. Major theories and concepts that relate to curriculum development are discussed in relationship to the mission and philosophy of specific educational programs.
|NUR 642: Professional Role and Responsibility of the Nurse Educator
The professional role and responsibility of the nurse educator course focuses on diverse roles and practice environments experienced by nurse educators. The course will provide novice and experienced nurse educators with guidelines for practice in classroom, clinical, staff development, and various educational settings. Academic and institutional policies, protocols, and legal aspects of education will be explored.
|NUR 652: Teaching Strategies and Information Technology for the Nurse Educator
This course will focus on strategies to develop knowledge and skill sets in pedagogy, teaching-learning theories, testing and measurement, and various educational technologies. An in-depth introduction to information technology that supports practice and improves patient care and outcomes will be explored.
|NUR 662: Health Care Education Practicum
The course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in the health care environment. Students will work closely with health care professionals who are directly involved in improving care quality, organizational processes, or safety engaging in a learning experience that further integrates program content. Practicum experience includes a formal preceptor-ship, which is individualized to align with the studentâ€™s field of interest. Practicum settings vary according to student interest, goals, and overall career objectives. This course includes 125 clinical hours.
|NUR 672: Health Care Education Capstone
This course focuses on the expanded role of the professional nurse in the health care environment. The student will facilitate the implementation of a practice change project developed in the practicum course. The student will work in a collaborative relationship with their preceptor and other identified health care professionals who are directly or indirectly involved with their project. The course provides the student with the experience needed to transition into a professional role as a MSN. This course includes 125 clinical hours.