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MSN Resources

Welcome to the MS in Nursing Resource Center where you will find relevant articles, helpful tips and tools, and additional information to help you learn more about this field as you are exploring educational options.


AACN’s “Advancing Healthcare Transformation” Report Summary: Part 1

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s 2016 report “Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing” is the result of a wish to enlarge nursing’s contribution to health care reform by aligning the efforts of baccalaureate and higher degree schools of nursing with those of health care systems.

Nurse Leadership Academies: Preparing Nurses to Shape Health Care

Nurse leadership is a big buzzword these days, but it’s more than just a phrase. One of the eight recommendations in the Institute of Medicine’s 2014 “Future of Nursing” report specifically stated the need to “prepare and enable nurses to lead change and advance health.” As health care professionals on the front lines of the industry, nurses are uniquely positioned to understand how to best support optimal patient care and outcomes.

How to Use the Nursing Code of Ethics

It can be tough to make ethical decisions on your own. Applying the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Code of Ethics for Nurses can help you make the right decisions – for you and your patients.

Nursing brings daily ethical dilemmas. Learning how to use the ethics code as your guide can make your daily work less stressful, improve your team's morale, and lead to better patient outcomes.

Career Spotlight: Addiction Nurse

Addiction to drugs and alcohol is a major societal problem. About 20 million people in the U.S. currently have substance abuse disorders, and 1 in 7 Americans will abuse alcohol or drugs in their lifetime.1 Many policymakers and legislators have proposed treating this phenomenon as a health issue rather than a criminal one, indicating a greater role for the health care industry in treatment and prevention. An addiction nurse, also called substance abuse nurse, plays a major part in efforts to help people overcome their dependence on alcohol and drugs.

Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator

A nurse looking for career advancement often considers the role of nurse educator or nurse administrator. Both are leadership roles, but they have distinct differences. Nurses enrolled in Master of Science in Nursing programs can choose to specialize in either area. Before making their selections, nurses pursuing their degree should understand what each position entails.