Online MSN Program Objectives

Empowerment Through Knowledge

While typical BSN to MSN programs are focused on nursing specialties, the Clinical Nurse Leader program aims to empower nurses to impact patient care at a global level. These program objectives describe what you will need to learn to prepare to carry out that goal.

Program Objectives:

  • Design, coordinate, and evaluate care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations; understand the rationale for care and competently deliver this care to an increasingly complex and diverse population in multiple environments.
  • Provide care at the point of care to individuals across the lifespan with particular emphasis on health promotion and risk reduction services.
  • Synthesize data, information, and knowledge to evaluate and achieve optimal client outcomes.
  • Ensure that clients, families, and communities are well informed and included in care planning.
  • Advocate for the client by taking action if decisions or activities are against the wishes or interests of the client, give the client the opportunity to make informed decisions about health care before it is provided, and serve as an advocate for the profession and the interdisciplinary health care team.
  • Use appropriate teaching principles and strategies as well as current information, materials, and technologies to teach clients, groups, and other health care professionals under their supervision.
  • Use information systems and technology that put knowledge at the point of care to improve health care outcomes.
  • Participate in systems review to improve quality of client care delivery and at the individual level to critically evaluate and anticipate risks to client safety with the aim of preventing medical error.
  • Delegate and manage the nursing team resources (human and fiscal) and serve as a leader and partner in the interdisciplinary health care team.
  • Assume accountability for the ongoing acquisition of knowledge and skills to effect change in health care practice and outcomes and in the profession.



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