This pathway of the Master of Science in Nursing program prepares RNs already holding an associate’s or bachelor’s degree to advance within the field by gaining experience as clinical nurse leaders. Students are trained to develop and manage patient care plans, and to advocate for best practices and outcomes within the health care field.
The program comprises 33 units for RNs with a BA/BS and 46 units for RNs with an ADN over the course of 2 years of study. It is full time, with classroom instruction 1 day a week plus clinical practice.
The program is offered at the USF main campus in San Francisco as well as the Pleasanton, San Jose, Sacramento and Santa Rosa USF branch campuses.
- Design, coordinate, and evaluate care for a diversity of patients, families, and communities
- Provide services at the point of care to individuals across the lifespan with particular emphasis on health promotion and risk reduction
- Synthesize data, information, and knowledge to evaluate and achieve optimal outcomes
- Ensure inclusive care planning for patients and families
- Provide patients with pertinent information about their care before it is provided
- Advocate for the patient by taking action if care decisions or activities are against the patient’s wishes or interests
- Advocate for the profession and the interdisciplinary health care team
- Use appropriate teaching theories and strategies and current information, materials, and technology to provide and teach patients, families, and communities about their care
- Use information systems and technology at the point of care to improve health care outcomes
- Participate in system review processes to improve the delivery of patient care and to evaluate and anticipate risks to patient safety with an aim of preventing error
- Delegate and manage clinical resources of the nursing team
- Serve as a leader and partner in the interdisciplinary health care team
- Recognize that an ongoing acquisition of knowledge and skills is necessary to effect change in care practice and outcomes
For more information about the program, please contact Susana Torres in the School of Nursing and Health Professions (main campus) at (415) 422-2806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the program at a USF branch campus, please contact:
Pleasanton: Desiree Shaw (925) 867-2711, email@example.com
San Jose: Natasha Odama (408) 343-7100, firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa Rosa: Alexandria Weishaar (707) 527-9612, email@example.com
Sacramento: Angela Dotson (916) 920-0157, firstname.lastname@example.org
All graduates of the program meet the AACN CNL master’s degree outcome competencies and practice standards and are eligible for certification by the national American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL).