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Graduate Studies in Nursing… Imagine the Possibilities: MN Program Info Jo-Ann V. Sawatzky RN, Ph. D Associate Dean, Graduate Programs College of Nursing University of Manitoba November, 2017
Outline • MN Program – Why an MN? – What/Where do I want to be? • Options? – How do I get there? – Overview of Programs/requirements
Why an MN? • Advance your career – Preparation for leadership roles in practice, education, and administration • • Stepping stone to doctoral studies Expand knowledge of your field Credibility in the workplace Acquire knowledge and skills for advanced practice roles (e. g. , NP)
What/Where do I Want to be? Options/Examples? • Clinical: – Clinical Nurse Specialist – Nurse Practitioner – Nurse Educator/Instructor • Administration/Mgmt – Manager -> CNO • Education: – Nurse educator – Nursing Instructor • Research career Ph. D studies
*APN roles generally focus on the patient, within one domain of the Strong Model, and with some degree of involvement in the other domains, depending on goals/priorities.
Clinical Opportunities: Clinical Nurse Specialist • Responsibilities – – – – Direct clinical practice Expert coaching & guidance to other nurses Collaboration – multidisciplinary team Consultation Research Clinical & professional LEADERSHIP Ethical decision making • Requires: Master’s Degree; clinical expertise – http: //www. wrha. mb. ca/professionals/nursing/files/APNPosition-CNS. pdf [job description] • http: //www. wrha. mb. ca/professionals/nursing/files/CNSToolkit. pdf
Nurse Practitioner • Our Program: Primary Care focus! • Responsibilities include: – Advanced assessment & diagnosis of client health/illness status • Orders and manages results of tests/performs minor procedures – Pharmacotherapeutics & otherapeutic interventions in client management – – – • Can Rx certain drugs holistic approach: Health promotion & prevention Professional responsibilities & accountabilities LEADERSHIP in practice! • Requires: Master’s Degree [NP Program; ] CRNM license; 2 yrs of clinical experience – http: //www. wrha. mb. ca/professionals/nursing/files/APNPosition-NP. pdf [job description] • http: //www. wrha. mb. ca/professionals/nursing/files/NPToolkit. pdf
Administration Opportunities • Examples: – – Clinical Resource Nurse Manager Program Director Vice-president/CNO • Provides LEADERSHIP in nursing practice & education • Understands: – Context of nursing practice & health care – Organizations – Leadership
Education Opportunities: Nurse Educator – clinical setting • Provides education to clinical nurses related to: – Theories & practices of nursing – Clinical practice • Integrates research into education • Uses learner centered teaching strategies • LEADERS in clinical practice education!
Instructor – academic setting • Clinical/Skills Instructor – CEF/Skills lab/Simulation lab – Requirements: • BN • Clinical expertise/experience! • Classroom Instructor/Course Leader – Responsible for clinical and/or classroom courses – Requirements: • Master’s Degree • Clinical/theory expertise • LEADERS in education!
HOW DO I GET THERE? Achieving your career goals in nursing
Overview of MN Program • 2 basic options – Major focus/streams • Clinical • Education • Administration – Nurse practitioner (NP)
The MN Program clinical Majors admin MN NP education
MN Program Prerequisites/Requirements** • BN, RPN, or RN Diploma & Degree in other discipline • GPA: >3. 0 • Completion of undergrad Statistics & Research Methods (Grade >2. 5) • Proof of registration [RN or RPN] • Nurse Practitioner Program: – Minimum of 2 years of full-time clinical practice **contact: stephanie. kozar@umanitoba. ca
The Majors • Preparing to apply…. – Requires homework! – 3 references & CV – *ID focus/stream on admission – in 500 words • Education? • Clinical? • Administration? – *ID advisor and area of interest on admission • eg. , Dr. Seuss and the impact of anxiety on students in clinical practice [education] • eg. , Dr. Hook and improving clinical outcomes for cardiac patients [clinical] • eg. , Dr. Freud and the relationship between leadership styles and bullying in the workplace [administration] *make appt to d/w Dr. Sawatzky if unsure/need guidance re focus/advisors
Preparing to apply, cont’d: • Application is submitted on-line to FGS via UM Grad. Connect • $100 processing fee • Deadline: March 1 st * • Note: if accepted – non-academic requirements due by July 15 th – Includes: Criminal Records Search, proof of WRHA PHIA, mask fit testing, a certificate re CPR, and required Immunizations. *nov 1 st for internationally educated applicants
Majors - Coursework • 6 required courses – Science & Theory in Nursing – Qualitative Research Methods – Quantitative Research Methods – Evidence Informed Practice – Role Development in Nursing Practice – Integrative Focus [or 2 electives] – NOTE: 2 courses = full-time study!
Nurse Practitioner Program • Revised program!! – Unique! • 2 years f/t OR 4 years p/t program – 3 terms/yr – Includes a ‘clinical consolidation’ at the end of final year • 400 hrs • Final paper for publication • NOTE: rural/northern funding opportunities
Nurse Practitioner Program • Courses – Evidence Informed Practice, Leadership – Pathophysiology, Primary Care, Advanced Health Assessment – Nurse Practitioner theory 1 -4 • Systems approach; integrates patho/pharm/assessment/mgmt – Clinical Practice 1 -3; Clinical consolidation
MN Course Delivery • Flexible Methods –‘Blended Delivery’ • In-class & on-line –Full or part-time options
Contact info • Stephanie Kozar, Graduate Programs Student Advisor [re program requirements] – Stephanie. kozar@umanitoba. ca – (204) 474 -9955 • Jo-Ann Sawatzky, Associate Dean Graduate Programs – Joanne. sawatzky@umanitoba. ca – For appt: Call Pamela @ (204) 474 -6216 re appt or e-mail: pamela. gordon@umanitoba. ca