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Role Specific Nursing Competencies

Nursing Education

  1. Assessment and Evaluation of Learner Progression- Implement various assessment and evaluation techniques to facilitate learning and progression through didactic, laboratory, and clinical settings using various learning modalities.
  2. Promote Scholarship Learner Socialization- Promote scholarship and intellectual learning by fostering expected values and behaviors that reflect those of the nurse educator and contribute to the profession.
  3. Contribute to Curriculum Design and Quality Improvements in the Nurse Educator Role- Nurse educators formulate program outcomes and curricula design while pursuing quality improvements using evidence-based trends that prepare graduates to function effectively in the faculty role.
  4. Nurse educator function as a leader and change agent with appropriate knowledge in political, institutional, social and economic areas of practice to create systems while maintaining competence in nursing education and nursing practice.

Global Leadership

  1. Function as a leader demonstrating flexibility and adaptability when problem-solving to implement organizational change. 
  2. Implement effective strategies, leveraging differences to facilitate organizational change initiatives, and overcome resistance to change.
  3. Pursue business acumen and initiative to formulate a strategic plan.
  4. Employ systems thinking while using project management methods while addressing a global issue.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program aligns with AACN, The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Advanced-level Nursing Education  and Nurse Practitioner Role Core Competencies and uses the PMHNP Standards of Practice and Competencies.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Propose solutions for the achievement of safe, high-quality outcomes in one’s specialty area as a leader and change agent.  
  2. Formulate communications effectively that support safe healthcare practices.
  3. Synthesize leadership concepts, principles, and ethical reasoning in one’s specialty area to influence decision-making for quality outcomes in healthcare.
  4. Maximize professional standards in the practice of healthcare with integrity, caring, accountability, respect, and excellence in nursing practice.
  5. Influence healthcare professionals as a leader and change agent in one’s specialty area to create safe, effective, & culturally competent healthcare.
  6. Combine knowledge and skills in one’s specialty area of practice, identifying gaps in theory and/or practice, and utilize clinical reasoning to formulate research questions.


The Master of Science in Nursing Program at Delaware State University at the Dover campus located in Dover, Delaware is accredited by the: 

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Master of Science in Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation.  

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm