Nursing - Graduate

 Definition of Core Competencies 

MS Program Outcomes

Professional Role Development:  an integrative process whereby the individual assumes the characteristics, values, and behaviors associated with a commitment to advanced nursing practice when working collaboratively with the health care team, serving as an advocate for the consumer, and functioning within the health care system. The MS graduate demonstrates competencies consistent with advanced professional nursing practice assuming the multiple dimensions of the functional role as educator or administrator.
Caring: expressions of respect for the dignity and self-worth of individuals by honoring the ethical rights of others and demonstrating sensitivity, equitability, and cultural appropriateness in providing services consistent with advanced professional nursing practice.   The MS graduate applies the principles of ethical and transcultural care in the delivery of advanced level nursing services to others.
Critical Thinking: the cognitive process of decision making that involves collecting, synthesizing, analyzing, and interpreting data from multiple sources to question assumptions, reason inductively and deductively, problem solve creatively, and evaluate outcomes when dealing with complex and dynamic situations.    The MS graduate integrates and processes information from nursing, other disciplines, and the liberal arts and sciences to make complex decisions independently and collaboratively when practicing at an advanced level.
Communication: a complex process of sharing information, ideas, and perceptions through the use of advanced skills in listening, verbal and non-verbal interactions, writing, and multi-media technology to convey logical, organized, clear, accurate, therapeutic, and relevant messages to individuals and groups The MS graduate incorporates principles of effective communication by using a variety of advanced techniques in a proficient manner when interacting with consumers, peers, other health care providers, policy makers, and communities of interest.
Research: the process of identifying new and existing knowledge for application of relevant evidence to improve outcomes.  The Ms graduate demonstrates advanced research skills to initiate change in professional nursing practice.


Program Objectives

It is the expectation that the master’s program will enhance the graduate’s professional growth and development as outlined in the program objectives.  These objectives are derived from, elaborated on, and congruent with the program outcomes and reflect expectations of what the students are able to do after graduation.  Upon successful completion of the master’s degree in nursing at Le Moyne College, the graduate will be prepared to:

  1. practice in the multi-dimensional role of educator or administrator with a specialty focus to provide direct or indirect care to promote health and prevent disease in individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.
  2. synthesize knowledge from nursing, related disciplines, and the liberal arts and sciences for application to practice at the advanced level.
  3. Communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, and other health professionals through advanced listening, verbal, non-verbal, and written skills and the proficient use of information technology.
  4. integrate the principles of compassion, ethical decision making, advocacy, and cultural diversity when practicing in the role of educator or administrator.
  5. integrate research-based findings in professional nursing practice to improve the delivery of health care.
  6. apply advanced critical thinking skills when assessing, designing, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of nursing interventions.
  7. demonstrate a high level of decision-making and ability to formulate policies and regulations for the effective and efficient use of resources in the delivery of services.
  8. assume accountability for professional growth and development and improved practice outcomes through scholarship, continuing education, and participation in professional organizations.
  9. apply advanced principles and concepts inherent in the educator or administrator role to provide leadership and service for the enhancement of continuous quality improvement in health care.