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.

The Impact of the Aging Population on Nursing

The proportion of elderly people in the U.S. population is growing, and fast. According to the Administration on Aging, people age 65 and older are expected to make up nearly 22 percent of the population by 2040, compared to 14.5 percent in 2014.1 This demographic shift has serious implications for many aspects of our society, but especially for the health care industry — and for nurses in particular.

Older adults have specific health needs that nurses will need to anticipate and adjust to accommodate to ensure optimal patient outcomes. Some of those include:

National Nurses Week: Its History and Purpose

Every May 6 through May 12 is National Nurses Week in the United States. This annual event is rooted in a celebration of the legacy of perhaps the most famous nurse in history, Florence Nightingale, who was born on May 12, 1820.

The Institute of Medicine’s “Future of Nursing” Report: Recommendations, Part II

The first and second articles in this three-part series explained the key messages and the first four of eight recommendations in the IOM “Future of Nursing” report. Many of the nurses who come to the University of Saint Mary to earn their RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master of Science in Nursing online want more information on how the findings of the IOM report will affect their career now and in the future. This series is intended to summarize and clarify the major points of the report.

The Institute of Medicine’s “Future of Nursing” Report: Recommendations, Part I

The first article in this three-part series explained the key messages of the IOM “Future of Nursing” report. This piece covers the first four of the eight recommendations in detail.

Five Exciting Technologies that are Changing Nursing Practice

Here’s a snapshot of some of the most exciting technological innovations today and how they’re improving nursing practice and patient outcomes.