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ERIC Number: ED569730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 62
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3039-5572-3
MSN Program Development at a Southwestern Pennsylvania University: A Needs Assessment
Pallone, Judith P.
ProQuest LLC, D.N.P. Dissertation, Carlow University
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) requires a master's degree for nurse educators as well as for direct patient care providers such as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists. Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) are expected to play a major role in providing patient care since the Affordable Care Act of 2010 became law. Without adequate numbers of nursing instructors at the undergraduate level, the requirements for acceptance into a post-graduate nursing school will not be met. The purpose of this project was three-fold: to identify the degree of interest in advanced practice nursing in the region, to discover what modality of teaching was preferred and what area of nursing was preferred. A survey was mailed to random sample (660) registered nurses in a three-county area. The survey's intent was to identify regional nurse's current level of education, their interest in pursuing an advanced degree, and the areas of nursing practice where interest was greatest. Preference of education delivery, barriers hindering nurses seeking advanced education as well as circumstances that would support nurses in reaching their goals as APNs were elicited. Survey results supported offering a nurse educator or nurse practitioner degree with a clear preference for an online hybrid format. Implications of this needs assessment in rural southwestern Pennsylvania suggest that if given adequate support and circumstances conducive to post-graduate degrees, more nurses would pursue advanced practice nursing education. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania