Chamberlain College of Nursing announced it is now offering a Master of Science in Nursing - Healthcare Policy degree specialty track to prepare nurses for leadership positions requiring an understanding of economic, political and social issues to influence healthcare policy and improve patient outcomes.
In its call-to-action report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) emphasizes that nurses need a voice during health policymaking and must engage in implementation efforts related to healthcare reform.
Additionally, the IOM recommends that nurses serve on advisory committees, commissions and boards where policy decisions are made to further improve healthcare systems. By achieving higher and more specialized levels of education, nurses can be positioned to help transform the profession and reform the delivery of care.
"As debates regarding healthcare reform intensify, nurses need to lend their expertise and drive critical policy discussions," said Diana Meeks-Sjostrom, dean of graduate programs for Chamberlain College of Nursing. "Chamberlain's MSN Healthcare Policy specialty track helps expand the professional focus of our nursing students and educates them to influence policy on local, national and global levels."
Chamberlain is now accepting applications for the fall semester, which begins on Sept. 3. The MSN Healthcare Policy specialty track can be completed in 2 years of full-time study and provides a foundation for nurses to become healthcare policy leaders, researchers, advocates and activists. Coursework includes the study of healthcare systems, politics and policy, as well as economics and global health.
Chamberlain's MSN degree program is a post-baccalaureate professional degree designed to prepare nurses for expanding roles in healthcare and enhance their opportunities for professional advancement. In addition to the completion of the core nursing courses, MSN students can select one of four specialty tracks: Educator, Executive, Healthcare Policy or Informatics.
For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing's MSN Healthcare Policy specialty track, visit www.chamberlain.edu/MSN.
Chamberlain College of Nursing, part of DeVry, Inc., is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools www.ncahlc.org.