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Transitioning from RN to MSN

SKU# 9780826137968

Principles of Professional Role Development

Author: Brenda Scott DNP, RN, NHDP-BC, Mindy Thompson DNP, RN, CNE

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“This book gives every nurse or potential nurse a picture of possibility and a vision for a satisfying and sustainable career.”-Jan Jones-Schenk, DHSc, RN, NE-BC

From the Foreword

Written and designed for RN to MSN students, Transitioning From RN to MSN focuses on the multitude of master’s-prepared roles available to a transitioning student, both as a nurse practitioner and beyond. This text delves into the role of MSNs as change managers in whatever career path they pursue. Nursing is a diverse, intellectually challenging, socially relevant, and personally gratifying career, but for new MSNs, the sheer number of specialties, in settings ranging from hospitals to clinics to homes, can be overwhelming.

Transitioning From RN to MSN examines both direct care roles (e.g., clinical nurse leader, nurse educator) and indirect care roles (e.g., public health nurse, informaticist, clinical researcher, coordinator, nurse administrator), as well as emerging areas. Step by step, chapters address the key concepts of role transition including preparation for a particular role, as well as ethical practice, theory application, quality control, and terminal degree options. Each career discussion features required competencies and information new MSNs will find invaluable, all within a consistent format to aid comparison. Chapter objectives, critical-thinking questions, and case studies engage students with the information presented and facilitate comprehension.

Key Features:

  • Written specifically as a core text for required courses in RN-to-MSN programs
  • Addresses in depth the requisite competencies for role transition
  • Incorporates AACN, NLN, IOM, and QSEN competencies throughout
  • Describes a great variety of MSN role options in addition to APN roles
  • Includes chapter objectives, abundant case studies and critical thinking questions
  • Provides instructor’s ancillaries, including an instructor’s manual and PowerPoint slides

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 17, 2018
  • Page Count 288
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826137968
  • EISBN 9780826138071

Table of Contents 



Foreword Carol L. Savrin, DNP, CPNP, PC, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP

Foreword Jan Jones-Schenk, D.HSc, RN, NE-BC



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SECTION I. Foundations of Role Development in Master’s-Level Nursing Education

1. The History of Nursing

Nycole Oliver

2. Nursing Process and Theory Selection

Mindy Thompson

3. Ethics in Nursing Research

Tara Slagle

4. Clinical Ethics and the Role of the MSN

Lea Brandt and Lori Popejoy


5. MSN as Clinical Nurse Leader

Amanda S. Brown

6. Nurse Educator Role

Gina M. Oliver

7. The Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse

Nycole Oliver

SECTION III. Indirect Care Roles

8. Public Health Nurse

Brenda Scott and Dana Hill

9. MSN as Informaticist

Ellie Hunt

10. The Role of the Nurse Executive

Bonnie Pierce

SECTION IV. Role Transition

11. MSN as Change Agent

Brenda Scott and Mindy Thompson

12. AACN Essentials

Mindy Thompson and Annie Donaway

13. Interprofessional Collaboration

Brenda Scott

SECTION V. Special Topics

14. Special Topics: Considerations for Lifelong Learning

Gina M. Oliver

15. Self-Care

Brenda Scott

16. Mentoring

Mindy Thompson