The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) recently relaunched two of its Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) speciality programs. The newly redesigned Nursing Informatics and Nursing and Health Care Leadership programs are now accepting applications for fall 2019.

Linda D. Norman, DSN, FAAN, VUSN dean and Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing, tells Nursing.Vanderbilt.edu, “Nursing, perhaps above all professions, understands the need to periodically revise procedures and direction so that they incorporate the best practices, thinking and evidence. We recently re-evaluated these two specialties to determine if there were newer or better ways to serve our students and prepare them for leadership roles.”

The redesign included making both specialty programs part time only, drawing in more registered nurses who want to work full time while working toward their master’s degree. The program will be offered in an online format that allows students to complete their degree requirements without relocating or leaving their job. On-campus interactive immersion experiences will also be incorporated periodically, in addition to distance learning activities like online conferencing and video-streamed lectures.

The Nursing Informatics program will incorporate curricular changes including newly emerging informatics competencies and innovations, as well as customized practicum experiences. The leadership specialty has been renamed the Nursing and Health Care Leadership program based on feedback from nursing professionals who wanted a program that incorporates stronger experiential learning, new collaborations with nursing informatics, and a focus on real-world learning.

To learn more about the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s newly redesigned MSN programs in Nursing Informatics and Nursing and Health Care Leadership, visit here.

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