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Graduate Program Mission
To cultivate nurse leaders who are highly-skilled in the translation of evidence to excellence, quality and systems improvement, and collaborative partnerships for health equity, who will lead in the transformation of healthcare to improve health within our diverse global society.
Graduate Program Vision
To create nurse leaders who will lead in the transformation of healthcare to reduce disparities and improve the health and well-being of the global society.
Graduate Program Values
Diversity and Inclusion
The graduate nursing program affirms the guiding principles and values as outlined in the Diversity and Inclusion Statement for Miami University.
Graduate Program Philosophy
The Department of Nursing’s graduate programs build upon the philosophy of the baccalaureate nursing program and supports the University mission to serve society and further knowledge by providing high quality graduate nursing education. As a department, faculty are committed to providing and promoting opportunities for students to continue their formal education to contribute to the growth and sustainability of the nursing profession. The nursing faculty’s commitment to graduate nursing education is based upon beliefs about humanity, the environment, health, teaching-learning, and nursing.
HUMANITY is composed of individuals who are living systems with biopsychosocial spiritual attributes. Human beings are unique, holistic beings and ever-changing as they progress through stages of growth and development. Individuals’ behavior patterns and ability to function may be affected by many variables. Some behaviors are predictable, based on developmental social and biological norms, while others are specific to the individual and may be influenced by external factors that must be considered when providing care. Human beings are accountable for their own actions and decisions. An individual can be part of a family, group, or community system. Culture refers to the values, beliefs, norms, and practices of these systems. Culturally diverse nursing care appreciates the variability in nursing approaches needed to provide culturally competent care.
The ENVIRONMENT consists of an individual’s internal and external systems which are in constant interaction. The internal system is composed of the person’s psychological, spiritual, and biological components, while the external system is composed of other individuals, families, groups, and communities as well as the circumstances and physical conditions surrounding the individual. Internal and external environments are dynamic and can be modified to positively affect the health of an individual, family, and community.
HEALTH is a process of balancing internal and external systems through the optimal use of available resources to achieve one’s maximum potential. Attainment of these maximum. potential results is optimal health whereas imbalance of internal and external systems results in illness. Care that optimizes health and promotes wellness is the right of all individuals, families, and communities and is the shared responsibility of health professionals and clients.
TEACHING-LEARNING is a form of scholarship that includes pedagogical and role modeling activities that serve to communicate the teacher’s knowledge effectively to students. Effective teachings empower learners to think critically, apply clinical decision making to clinical situations, become competent, and have a desire for lifelong learning. Reflecting the belief that students learn differently, good teaching incorporates a variety of pedagogical activities and provides flexibility to accommodate different learning styles. While learning sometimes involves careful sequencing that directly builds on prior content, students also learn through experiences that help them relate new knowledge into their professional and clinical repertoire. In a rapidly changing world such as health care, where content becomes quickly outdated, learning experiences must develop students’ abilities to be self-directed, gather and analyze information, and integrate knowledge in the pursuit of answers or creative solutions to intellectual and clinical problems. Consistent with the philosophy of Miami University, the scholarship of teaching is of utmost importance in the Department of Nursing, followed by scholarly activities related to discovery and research, and. those scholarly activities that build bridges between theory and practice, such as involvement in clinical practice and professional service linkages to the community.
NURSING integrates biological principles, research, theories of behavior, caring, and nursing, to assist individuals, families, and communities to reach optimal health. Nursing is an art and a science. The nursing process, a method of inquiry and decision making, is used by nurses to assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care. Therapeutic communication skills are essential components to the art of nursing which also includes the attitude and approach in which care is delivered. Through genuine caring and sensitivity to the individual’s uniqueness in a culturally diverse society, the nurse assists individuals, families, aggregates, and communities throughout the lifespan with the goal to promote, maintain, and/or restore health to the client.
NURSING PRACTICE is defined as the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems. There are three roles used by nurses to practice nursing. They include: provider of care, manager of care, and member of the discipline of nursing.
The roles of the graduate level nurse include the following:
Provider of care: The graduate systematically assesses and interprets data about the health and illness of individuals, families and communities; designs systems of care to promote and maintain the health of individuals, families and communities; uses effective communication skills for the purpose of impacting systems; evaluates the nursing care delivery system and promotes goal-directed change to meet client needs and optimize wellness. The graduate level nurse employs critical thinking skills to address complex healthcare problems and integrates basic knowledge of nursing theory, nursing research, and clinical practice to maximize the contribution of nursing to improve the overall health of individuals, families, and communities.
Manager of care : The graduate level nurse uses scientific principles to prioritize, plan, and organize the delivery of comprehensive nursing care; uses time and resources effectively and efficiently; delegates aspects of care to other nursing personnel, consistent with their level of education and expertise; assures adherence to ethical and legal standards; initiates and monitors interdisciplinary referrals to appropriate specialists, departments, and agencies to provide services and promote continuity of care; and assumes a leadership role in health care management to improve client care.
Member of the discipline of nursing : The graduate level nurse acts as a healthcare advocate; promotes collegiality and collectivity among nurses; participates in efforts to address social trends and issues that have implications for healthcare; uses interdisciplinary resources to protect and address ethical and legal concerns; applies theory and incorporates research findings into practice by consulting with nurse researchers regarding identified nursing problems; utilizes knowledge of health care policies and finance; uses resources for continuous learning and self-improvement; promotes self-evaluation and peer review processes; provides leadership in organized professional activities; and promotes consumer awareness of nursing contributions to health promotion and health care delivery.
Graduate Program Conceptual Framework
The conceptual framework consists of an overarching dimension comprised of theory-based practice, evidence-based practice, and holistic health promotion, which is depicted by the outer dotted circle. The concepts of nursing, health, environment, and client systems form the core of the conceptual framework, seen in the overlapping circles. The concepts define the graduate nursing curriculums, and delineate the content and learning experiences within the programs. This framework is a conceptualization of the knowledge, attitudes, values, and skills perceived by the faculty as essential for graduate-level nursing practice.
Text Version: Theory Based Practice, Evidence Based Practice, Holistic Health Promotion. Nursing Provider, Manager, Member, Critical Thinking, Engaging, Understanding Context, Reflection/Systematic Analysis/ Action Therapeutic Relationship, Engagement Standards of Care Setting Health Life Transitions Development Situational Health-Illness Client System Human, Psychological, Pyschological Social, Spiritual Response, Functional Health Patters Environment Socioeconomic Political Environment Sociocultural Temporal
Graduate Program Information
Master of Science in Nursing Program Outcomes
- Translate and integrate knowledge to inform the practice of nursing, including expert judgment in practice.
- Synthesize understanding of effective organizational and systems leadership and interprofessional collaboration in complex systems of practice.
- Apply principles and methods of quality and safety science, nursing science, and evidence-based practice as an integral aspect of nursing.
- Use informatics and emerging technologies to manage and improve nursing practice, advocating for system level improvement in health and healthcare.
- Collaborate with interprofessional partners including team members, patients, and communities to optimize care, enhance the experience for stakeholders, improve outcomes, and reduce costs
- Synthesize understanding of equitable population health outcomes.
- Analyze components of person-centered care for individuals, families and communities including individual to systems interventions targeting positive health outcomes.
- Synthesize ethics and values of the profession, a commitment to self-development, and the professional leadership expertise into the development of an individual professional nursing identity.
Master of Science in Nursing Tracks
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Executive Leadership
MSN Track Outcomes
- Manage the care of patients in the primary care setting by utilizing principles of assessment, diagnosis, planning and evaluation.
- Diagnose pathologies and perform procedures in the primary care setting.
- Partner with patients to provide and advocate for person-centered, culturally relevant care.
- Develop and engage in interprofessional collaboration and community partnerships to meet the needs of a diverse patient population.
- Apply leadership and professionalism in the role of advanced nursing practice.
- Synthesize understanding of the healthcare delivery system to promote safe, cost-effective care.
- Apply principles of population health, quality improvement, and evidence-based practice to primary care practice.
The Nursing Leadership MSN Graduate will be able to:
- Synthesize and apply effective communication skills with diverse individuals to promote community, academic and interprofessional relationships.
- Model leadership in health systems, including reflective practice and visionary thinking.
- Synthesize understanding of systems and leadership skills to effectively manage change, lead health systems and plan for succession.
- Synthesize and apply ethics and professional accountability, including advocacy for the health care team, for patients/families and for the community.
- Advocate for the advancement of the profession and create a professional career plan for nurse executive leadership.
- Synthesize financial and strategic management, human resource management, and information management skills necessary to lead health systems.
MSN Required Courses
View the MSN required courses.
Nursing Faculty and Staff
Graduate Program Contacts:
- Stephanie Nicely, EdD, MSN, RN, Interim Chair, Department of Nursing and Associate Professor nicelys@MiamiOH.edu
- Jennifer Rode, PhD, FNP, Associate Professor, Director Graduate Nursing Programs rodejl@MiamiOH.edu
- Dr. Tricia Neu, DNP, FNP, Assistant Professor and Director of Family Nurse Practitioner Program neutn@MiamiOH.edu
- Raquel Campbell, MSN, Graduate Clinical Placement Coordinator, campb317@MiamiOH.edu
- Linda Helling, Senior Program Assistant Graduate Programs, hellinlj@MiamiOH.edu
Summer Workshop Information
Summer workshops provide an opportunity to develop hands-on skills, network with peers, and build student-faculty relationships. Each MSN track has one unique workshop built into the respective curriculum. Workshops are delivered to all MSN tracks on the same weekend to allow for networking opportunities. Future workshop dates:
- June 22 - 24, 2023
- June 21-22, 2024
Graduate Program Foundations and Accreditation
- The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for academic nursing. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice. Miami University’s graduate nursing program was developed to align with AACN essentials.
- Miami University Nursing has applied for accreditation through Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Programs must have students enrolled for one year before they can become accredited. Miami Nursing will have the MSN accreditation visit in Fall 2023.
Graduate Nursing Committees
The Department of Nursing has three Graduate Nursing Committees:
- Graduate Curriculum Committee is responsible for oversight of all graduate curriculum, ensuring alignment to professional standards and assessing programmatic outcomes to evaluate curriculum effectiveness.
- Graduate Systematic Program Evaluation (SPEC) is responsible for the comprehensive evaluation of all components of the graduate program, including assessment and achievement of program learning outcomes.
- Graduate Admission, Progression & Graduation (AP&G) is responsible for reviewing and revising the admission and progression policies and procedures for the graduate nursing program.
Two of these committees, Graduate Curriculum and Graduate AP&G, provide a formal channel for student input to programmatic discussions, allowing students to be involved in the policy- and decision-making of the graduate nursing program. Student liaisons from the graduate program will be elected by their peers each year to serve on both committees. When students identify issues or have feedback to present formally, they may request through their representative that an item be placed on the committee’s agenda for discussion. Students may also contact the graduate program administration directly via the Graduate Nursing Program Director.
Nursing Library Resources
View the Nursing Library Resources.
Graduate Degree Requirements
View the graduate degree requirements.
Certification eligibility is pending MSN accreditation.
Upon graduation, Family Nurse Practitioner students will be eligible to test for Family Nurse Practitioner certification exams from two organizations:
Upon graduation, Nurse Executive Leadership students will meet the education eligibility requirements to test for certification from two organizations:
Graduate Program Contacts
Stephanie Nicely, EdD, MSN, RN,
Interim Chair, Department of Nursing and Associate Professor
Jennifer Rode, PhD, FNP,
Associate Professor, Director Graduate Nursing Programs
Tricia Neu, DNP, FNP,
Assistant Professor and Director of Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Raquel Campbell, MSN,
Graduate Clinical Placement Coordinator
Senior Program Assistant Graduate Programs