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Nurse Educator, MS

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Carlos Urrutia
currutia@admin.fsu.edu
(850) 644-5638

Dr. Roxanne Hauber
rhauber@fsu.edu
(850) 645-2622

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The MSN Nurse Educator program is designed to prepare well-qualified nurses to become well-prepared nursing educators in order to pursue careers in patient education, staff development, and pre-licensure nursing education programs in community colleges, and other educational settings. Like nursing, nursing education is also an art and a science. The course sequence is designed to transform well-qualified baccalaureate nurses into well-prepared nurse educators. Program content is centered around the teaching-learning process and focuses on the theoretical foundations of nursing education, curriculum development, instructional design and strategies, and assessment and evaluation in a variety of settings. Concurrently, forces that impact nursing education are explored.

Accreditation

SACS, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Method of Delivery

Internet

Time or Location Requirements

Students will need to do their clinical experiences in Florida through affiliation agreements with local clinical agencies and colleges. All courses are offered online. Some courses require proctored exams.

Time to Completion

6 semesters

Careers

Program graduates can serve as faculty in schools of nursing, and as educators for healthcare facilities, patients, communities, and entrepreneurs.

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • NGR5003C Health Assessment for Advanced Practice (4)
    This course provides the learner with a strong foundation in the health assessment skills requisite to advanced nursing practice.
  • NGR5102 Theoretical Constructs for Nursing Science (3)
    This course is designed to assist the learner in analyzing and evaluating selected theories appropriate for advanced-practice nursing. Topics cover the relationship between theory, practice, and research; sources of theory for the discipline; contributions and philosophies of early nurse leaders and theorists, as well as those from other disciplines that are appropriate to health care; the development and evaluation of nursing knowledge and theory; as well as the analysis and application of theories and models in nursing practice, education, administration, and research.
  • NGR5112C Advanced Clinical Practice for Nurse Educators (4)
    This course is designed to facilitate the student's ability to identify and analyze new knowledge, trends, and issues pertinent to advances in healthcare and their impact on the advanced nursing practice of adult patients/families. In addition, the clinical experience focuses on the advanced practice nurse's role in the integration of new information and technologies into nursing practice through reflective and evidence-based practice that ensures optimal patient care and safety.
  • NGR5140 Advanced Pathophysiological Concepts in Nursing Science (4)
    This course is designed to acquaint the nursing graduate student with the principals of pathophysiology appropriate to entry-level graduate work.
  • NGR5140 Advanced Pathophysiological Concepts in Nursing Science (4)
    This course is designed to acquaint the nursing graduate student with the principals of pathophysiology appropriate to entry-level graduate work.
  • NGR5172 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3)
    This course provides a broad overview of pharmacology using a lifespan approach. Special consideration is given to professional and statutory issues related to prescribing. A broad overview of agents commonly used in primary care is provided, following a system-specific approach, with special attention paid to issues specific to the various stages of the lifespan. The course covers concepts of compliance and collaboration in the context of effecting positive changes for the patient. Emphasis is placed on facilitating pharmacologic management of patients for advanced practice nurses in independent and collaborative practice.
  • NGR5713 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (4)
    This initial course in the Nursing Educator sequence introduces the graduate nursing student to the historical and theoretical foundation of nursing education in relation to present day curriculum development in nursing education. In addition, the roles of the nurse educator in academia versus the nurse educator in staff development and patient/community education is explored. Prerequisite: Admission to College of Nursing Graduate Program.
  • NGR5714C Instruction in Nursing Education: Design and Strategies (4)
    This course introduces the graduate nursing student to instructional design and strategies for both classroom and clinical Instruction. Emphasis is placed on the relationship among learning theories, the population of interest to be educated, the learning environment, and the evidence-based instruction strategies. The course provides teaching opportunities in the classroom and in nursing-education laboratory settings.
  • NGR5718 Evaluation in Nursing Education (4)
    This course focuses on educational program evaluation and change. The emphasis is on application of testing and measurement relevant to the health professions. The student learns effective test design and test writing skills. Methods of evaluating student performance in the classroom and clinical settings are also explored, and evaluation tools for educational programs, courses and students are discussed. The course addresses the change process in relation to educational outcomes and course evaluations.
  • NGR5718C Evaluation in Nursing Education (4)
    This course focuses on educational program evaluation and change. The emphasis is on application of testing and measurement relevant to the health professions. The student learns effective test design and test writing skills. Methods of evaluating student performance in the classroom and clinical settings are also explored, and evaluation tools for educational programs, courses and students are discussed. The course addresses the change process in relation to educational outcomes and course evaluations.
  • NGR5800 Methods in Nursing Research (3)
    This course builds upon the knowledge of the research process learned at the baccalaureate level and focuses on the importance of empirical investigation in the development of nursing theory and the formulation of testable hypotheses in nursing practice. Emphasis is directed to the nurse as consumer and practitioner in the area of research and evidence-based practice.
  • NGR5843
  • NGR5846 Biostatistics (3)
    This course is designed to provide an understanding of fundamental statistical principles that can be applied to health-related problems in clinical and public health settings. Students interpret published statistical findings, select and apply statistical methods to health related research problems and critique statistical methods utilized in biomedical research. Only the most common methods of statistical analysis used in published nursing research are reviewed.

Total Credit Hours

35

Prerequisites

Students must reside in Florida, possess a BSN degree from a nationally accredited program with an upper division grade point average of 3.0 or higher, have competitive scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), and an unencumbered State of Florida RN License.

Application Procedures

Prospective students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better and a MAT of 400 or better. In lieu of the MAT, students may substitute GRE scores of 151 or better verbal, and 144 or better quantitative. Fax or mail to the College of Nursing: official Transcripts, a copy of GRE scores, two (2) letters of recommendation, and a copy of the applicant's current Florida RN License.

Program Requirements

The work for graduate nursing degrees (including transfer credit) must be completed within seven (7) years from the time the student matriculates into the FSU graduate nursing program.

Fees

The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2016-17 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

Spring 2017 Course Offerings

  • NGR5003 Health Assessment for Advanced Practice (2)
    This course is designed to provide the learner with a strong foundation in the health assessment skills requisite for advanced nursing practice. The focus of the course is on history taking, physical examination skills, laboratory, diagnostic and radiographic modalities, and documentation for advanced assessment. The diagnostic reasoning process is developed as it relates to building a clinical database.
  • NGR5003L Health Assessment Laboratory for Nurse Practitioners (2)
    This course is designed to provide the learner with a strong foundation in the health assessment skills requisite for advanced nursing practice. The focus of the course is on the diagnostic reasoning process as it relates to building a clinical database.
  • NGR5007L Health Assessment Laboratory for Nurse Educators and Nurse Leaders (1)
    This course is designed to provide the clinical component of NGR 5003 for graduate nursing students in the Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator Tracks.
  • NGR5112C Advanced Clinical Practice for Nurse Educators (4)
    This course is designed to facilitate the student's ability to identify and analyze new knowledge, trends, and issues pertinent to advances in healthcare and their impact on the advanced nursing practice of adult patients/families. In addition, the clinical experience focuses on the advanced practice nurse's role in the integration of new information and technologies into nursing practice through reflective and evidence-based practice that ensures optimal patient care and safety.
  • NGR5713 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (4)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This initial course in the Nursing Educator sequence introduces the graduate nursing student to the historical and theoretical foundation of nursing education in relation to present day curriculum development in nursing education. In addition, the roles of the nurse educator in academia versus the nurse educator in staff development and patient/community education is explored. Prerequisite: Admission to College of Nursing Graduate Program.
  • NGR5718C Evaluation in Nursing Education (4)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course focuses on educational program evaluation and change. The emphasis is on application of testing and measurement relevant to the health professions. The student learns effective test design and test writing skills. Methods of evaluating student performance in the classroom and clinical settings are also explored, and evaluation tools for educational programs, courses and students are discussed. The course addresses the change process in relation to educational outcomes and course evaluations.
  • NGR5800 Methods in Nursing Research (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course builds upon the knowledge of the research process learned at the baccalaureate level and focuses on the importance of empirical investigation in the development of nursing theory and the formulation of testable hypotheses in nursing practice. Emphasis is directed to the nurse as consumer and practitioner in the area of research and evidence-based practice.
  • NGR5846 Biostatistics (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course is designed to provide an understanding of fundamental statistical principles that can be applied to health-related problems in clinical and public health settings. Students interpret published statistical findings, select and apply statistical methods to health related research problems and critique statistical methods utilized in biomedical research. Only the most common methods of statistical analysis used in published nursing research are reviewed.

Fall 2016 Course Offerings

  • NGR5003 Health Assessment for Advanced Practice (2)
    This course is designed to provide the learner with a strong foundation in the health assessment skills requisite for advanced nursing practice. The focus of the course is on history taking, physical examination skills, laboratory, diagnostic and radiographic modalities, and documentation for advanced assessment. The diagnostic reasoning process is developed as it relates to building a clinical database.
  • NGR5007L Health Assessment Laboratory for Nurse Educators and Nurse Leaders (1)
    This course is designed to provide the clinical component of NGR 5003 for graduate nursing students in the Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator Tracks.
  • NGR5102 Theoretical Constructs for Nursing Science (3)
    This course is designed to assist the learner in analyzing and evaluating selected theories appropriate for advanced-practice nursing. Topics cover the relationship between theory, practice, and research; sources of theory for the discipline; contributions and philosophies of early nurse leaders and theorists, as well as those from other disciplines that are appropriate to health care; the development and evaluation of nursing knowledge and theory; as well as the analysis and application of theories and models in nursing practice, education, administration, and research.
  • NGR5140 Advanced Pathophysiological Concepts in Nursing Science (4)
    Prerequisite: BSC2085. BSC2085L. BSC2086. BSC2086L.
    This course is designed to acquaint the nursing graduate student with the principals of pathophysiology appropriate to entry-level graduate work.
  • NGR5718 Evaluation in Nursing Education (4)
    This course focuses on educational program evaluation and change. The emphasis is on application of testing and measurement relevant to the health professions. The student learns effective test design and test writing skills. Methods of evaluating student performance in the classroom and clinical settings are also explored, and evaluation tools for educational programs, courses and students are discussed. The course addresses the change process in relation to educational outcomes and course evaluations.


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