Graduate Program Outcomes
The Worcester State University Graduate Program outcomes reflect the core knowledge for all master’s programs in nursing as defined in The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. These Essentials are core for all master’s programs in nursing and provide the necessary curricular elements and framework, regardless of focus, major, or intended practice setting.
Outcomes for the Community and Public Health Nursing Specialty Track:
Upon successful completion of Worcester State University’s Master of Science in Nursing: Community and Public Health Nursing specialty track, graduates are prepared to:
- Integrate nursing, related sciences and humanities to analyze, design, implement and evaluate nursing care across diverse settings at the Master’s Level.
- Provide leadership in the delivery and evaluation of strategies for improving delivery of high quality and safe patient care by using ethics, critical decision-making and effective working relationships from a systems perspective.
- Direct continuous quality improvement methods and initiatives to promote a culture of safety, professional accountability, and evidence-based patient care.
- Participate, leading when appropriate, in collaborative teams to improve care outcomes and support policy change through translational research and knowledge dissemination by generating meaningful evidence for nursing practice.
- Integrate emerging informatics, health care technologies and related ethical principles into clinical decision making processes.
- Advocate for policies that improve of the health of the public and the profession of nursing.
- Participate, lead and coordinate when appropriate, inter-professional teams across care environments to reduce barriers, facilitate access and improve health outcomes.
- Synthesize broad ecological, global, biological and socio-cultural determinants of health to assess the profession’s leadership role and accountability toward improving the population’s health.
- Demonstrate Master’s Level Professional Practice through the development of nursing interventions and advocacy to implement safe, quality care to diverse populations in a variety of settings and roles.
- Integrate clinical prevention and population health concepts in the development of culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate health education, communication strategies and interventions.
In addition to the knowledge and practice components of the outcomes listed above, the behavior of graduate students should reflect an internally consistent value system. It is expected that graduates will value scientific inquiry as a basis for professional practice and will seek to increase their contributions to the nursing profession.