Graduate Student Handbook
Graduate Student Handbooks 2011 - 2012
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2011 - 2012 Graduate Student Handbook - MSN
Note: Editorial update for Capstone Defense, p. 95 should read:
Fall Semester, Monday, December 5, 2011 - Time TBA
Spring Semester, Monday, April 23, 2012 - Time TBA
Summer Semester, Monday, Judy 16, 2012 - Time TBA
Posted: September 29, 2011
2011 - 2012 Graduate Student Handbook - PhD
2011 - 2012 Graduate Student Handbook - DNP
Editorial update for the DNP Program Description and DNP Program outcomes should include:
Program Description: The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Mercer University is to build upon the foundation of advanced nursing skills to prepare nurses for leadership roles in health care delivery, and to propose solutions for the improvement of health care outcomes for individuals and for society.
The D.N.P. degree program prepares advanced practice nurse leaders to:
- Refine advanced practice competencies for increasingly complex practice, academic, and leadership roles.
- Enhance knowledge to improve health outcomes for individuals, groups, and communities.
- Assume leadership roles in health care organizational management, health policy development, and quality assurance.
D.N.P. Program Outcomes
At the completion of the program, the advanced practice leaders will:
Posted: November 14, 2011
- Translate current research, existing literature, and scientific findings into high quality evidence based nursing care for individuals, families, and communities.
- Engage in clinical scholarship through the effective use of information technology to guide practice and improve health outcomes.
- Integrate principles of business, finance, economics, and health policy with essential leadership/management skills required for success in today’s complex health care system.
- Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies to meet current and future needs of diverse and vulnerable patient populations.
- Critically assess cultural, political, economic, and sociological factors which influence health care and health care policy.
- Explore ethical issues, professional responsibilities, legal obligations, and personal convictions as they impact professional and situational dilemmas in health care.
- Demonstrate leadership skills through inter-professional collaboration to analyze complex practice and organizational issues for improvement of health outcomes.
- Evaluate outcomes of practice, practice patterns, and systems of care in a variety of health care settings against national benchmarks to determine variances in practice outcomes and population trends.
- Utilize epidemiologic principles to evaluate population health trends and emerging health issues both nationally and globally.
- Promote nursing as a professional discipline through the application of theory based nursing to advanced practice.