culturally responsive concepts into daily practice

The master’s-prepared nurse applies and integrates broad, organizational, patient- centered, and culturally responsive concepts into daily practice. Mastery of these concepts based on a variety of theories is essential in the design and delivery (planning, management, and evaluation) of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families, communities, and aggregates/clinical populations nationally and globally.

The master’s-degree program prepares the graduate to:

1. Synthesize broad ecological, global and social determinants of health; principles of genetics and genomics; and epidemiologic data to design and deliver evidence- based, culturally relevant clinical prevention interventions and strategies.

2. Evaluate the effectiveness of clinical prevention interventions that affect

individual and population-based health outcomes using health information technology and data sources.

3. Design patient-centered and culturally responsive strategies in the delivery of

clinical prevention and health promotion interventions and/or services to individuals, families, communities, and aggregates/clinical populations.

4. Advance equitable and efficient prevention services, and promote effective

population-based health policy through the application of nursing science and other scientific concepts.

5. Integrate clinical prevention and population health concepts in the development of

culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate health education, communication strategies, and interventions.


Sample Content/culturally responsive concepts

• Environmental health • Epidemiology • Biostatistical methods and analysis • Disaster preparedness and management • Emerging science of complementary and alternative medicine and therapeutics • Ecological model of the social determinants of health • Teaching and learning theories • Health disparities, equity and social justice • Program planning, design, and evaluation • Quality improvement and change management • Health promotion and disease prevention • Application of health behavior modification • Health services financing • Health information management




• Ethical frameworks • Interprofessional collaboration • Theories and applications of health literacy and health communication • Genetics/genomic risk assessment for vulnerable populations • Organization of clinical, public health, and global systems • Frameworks for community and political engagement, advocacy, and

empowerment • Frameworks for addressing global health and emerging health issues • Nursing Theories

Essential IX: Master’s-Level Nursing Practice

Rationaleculturally responsive concepts

Essential IX describes master’s-level nursing practice at the completion of the master’s program in nursing. Nursing practice at the master’s level is broadly defined as any form of nursing intervention that influences healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems. Master’s-level nursing graduates must have an expanded level of understanding of nursing and related sciences built on the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. Master’s-prepared nurses have developed a deeper understanding of the nursing profession based on reflective practices and continue to develop their own plans for lifelong learning and professional development.

Nursing-practice interventions include both direct and indirect care components. As a practice discipline, clinical care is the core business of nursing practice whether the graduate is focused on the provision of care to individuals, population-focused care, administration, informatics, education or health policy. Master’s nursing education prepares graduates to implement safe, quality care in a variety of settings and roles.

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