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The MSN – Nursing Administration track, a 34 credit degree which includes 135 hr Role Practicum, prepares students for leadership and managerial positions in healthcare; and may sit for the Advanced Nurse Administrator (NEA-BC) certification of the ANCC upon completion of the program.

As evidenced in a 2010 position statement published by the AACN, hospital administration and nursing leaders are being called upon to lead and “Implement specific strategies to retain experienced nurses in the provision of direct patient care, such as:

  1. Introducing greater flexibility into work environment structure and scheduling programs;
  2. Rewarding experienced nurses for serving as mentors and/or preceptors for new registered nurses;
  3. Implementing appropriate salary and benefit programs.

The AACN also calls for nurses and nurse leaders “to create a partnership environment that advances the practice of nursing by:

  1. Establishing appropriate management structures within the health care system;
  2. Ensuring adequate nurse staffing; and
  3. Providing nurses with sufficient autonomy over their practice in all settings.

The Ramapo College MSN – Nursing Administration program addresses the needs above through its curriculum and experiences; and offers nurses the knowledge and expertise necessary to achieve the goals of addressing the management of nursing teams, staff, and other duties as outlined by the AACN and hospital leadership in the region.

Program Outcomes

The MSN Program is also organized around the seven nursing program constructs.  These outcomes reflect professional standards particular to each track.

Construct Nursing Education Nursing Administration Family Nurse Practitioner
Knowledge Draws on extant literature and knowledge to design and implement evidence based teaching/learning and evaluation practices to support global nursing education Incorporate administration and leadership theories in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of quality nursing health care delivery programs

Encompass concepts of fiscal responsibility and human resource management in designing quality care

Applies knowledge of organizational practices and complex systems to improve health care delivery

Develops new practice approaches based on the integration of research, theory and practice knowledge

Evidence based research and practice Contributes to the development of the science of nursing education through the critique, utilization, dissemination of current evidence and the conduct of research Integrate principles of evidence based practice and current research in the design and implementation of nursing and health care delivery programs. Uses best available evidence to continually improve quality of clinical practice

Provides leadership in the translation of new knowledge into practice

Information Management Develop and use information and communication technologies to enter, retrieve, and evaluate data appropriate for the delivery and evaluation of nursing education Advocate for and use information and communication technologies to enter, retrieve, and evaluate data appropriate for the delivery and evaluation of nursing care delivery Uses technology systems that capture data on variables for the evaluation of nursing care

Contributes to the design of clinical information systems that promote safe, quality and cost effective care

Professionalism Models professional behavior for learners and fellow faculty

Engage in life long learning activities, dissemination of information through scholarship and advocacy

Develops networks, collaborations and partnerships to enhance nursing’s influence within the academic community

Incorporate ethical principles in leadership and management practices

Build leadership alliances for collaborative action, change and decision making across the health care delivery system.

Applies ethically sound solutions to complex issues related to individuals, populations and systems of care

Advances practice through the development and implementation of innovations incorporating principles of change

Social Advocacy Utilize knowledge about the educational environment within they which they practice and recognize how the political, institutional, social and economic forces impact the global educator role. Influence the health policy making process through the involvement and leadership of nurses having diverse perspectives Analyzes the implications of health policy across disciplines

Contributes to the development of health policy

Evaluates the impact of globalization on health care policy development

Leadership Provides leadership in the parent institution as well as in the nursing program to enhance visibility of nursing and its contribution to the global academic community Lead in a manner that recognizes the cultural and spiritual context of the health care community and environment Assumes leadership to foster collaboration with multiple stakeholders  (patients, community and interprofessional groups) to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of care provided in complex systems
Role Function Participates in interdisciplinary efforts to address health care needs locally, regionally, nationally and internationally Integrate advanced core competencies and clinical expertise to evaluate and continually improve nursing care delivery systems Integrate advanced core competencies and clinical expertise to evaluate and continually improve nursing care

Provides a full spectrum of health care services to include health promotion, disease prevention, health protection, anticipatory guidance counseling, disease management, palliative and end of life care

Provides patient/family centered care recognizing cultural diversity of the family recognizing the patient/family as a full partner in decision making

Curriculum Map

Program Requirements

  1. The degree program consists of 34 credits with a 135 hour Role Practicum.  This will enable the graduate to sit for the Advanced Nurse Administrator (NEA-BC) certification of the ANCC.
  2. To remain in good academic standing, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and follow guidelines as outlined in the Graduate Policy Handbook – Ramapo College
    • NURS 611 — SCIENCE & RESEARCH – 4
    • NURS 710 — ROLE PRACTICUM – 6
    • PROGRAM ELECTIVES:  SELECT ONE  (taken upon advisement) -11-12 credits