MSN Conceptual Framework

At the graduate level the nurse builds on the baccalaureate foundation by using higher level thinking and conceptualization skills to lead and implement systems change. Master’s-prepared nurses are prepared to lead change by using nursing and related sciences, research evidence, interprofessional collaboration, and informatics/healthcare technologies to design effective person-centered care. Master’s-prepared nurses use integration of scientific evidence in more complex ways to optimize health among persons, whether person represents an individual, family, community, population, or system (which includes the complex dimensions of policy, finance, organizational structure, and information management). The professional relationship between nurse and person is transformational leadership as the nurse interacts with person in four advanced professional roles: 1) Provider of direct/indirect complex care; 2) Designer, manager and/or coordinator of systems; 3) Interprofessional collaborator, and 4) Contributor to the profession. Transformational leadership involves advocating for, implementing, and evaluating change toward the goal of quality improvement by creating and promoting an environment in which person is challenged and supported in envisioning possibilities and transforming shared vision into reality. Through transformational leadership, the nurse values the contribution of each person to the delivery of care, motivates individual and system change by exemplifying behaviors which influence positive outcomes and develop intrinsic quality improvement. The nurse also contributes to a culture of advocacy and safety by establishing an environment of open communication.