While applicants to the MN program are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing, the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership recognizes that RNs may have gained experience and knowledge in “leadership, quality, and safety” and/or “community/population health nursing” through academic, professional, and/ or personal experiences outside of a bachelor’s program in nursing.
Students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing can fulfill the leadership and community health nursing requirements in one of two ways:
Complete the equivalent leadership and community nursing coursework prior to the second year of the MN program. Admitted students may enroll in approved coursework of TNURS 460: Leading Health Care System Quality & Safety and TNURS 414: Health, Communities, and Populations.
Experienced RNs with a baccalaureate degree in a major other than nursing may demonstrate competency equivalent to the bachelor’s degree in nursing by writing a petition for each of the two competency areas to the Graduate Program Committee. Each petition must demonstrate knowledge and experience acquired through academic, professional, and/ or personal experiences in the areas of “leadership, quality, and safety” and/or “community/population health nursing”.
The Graduate Program Committee will review petitions and recommend admission (upon receipt of a graduate studies application) or recommend taking specific UW Tacoma BSN coursework (earning a minimum of a 3.0 grade) for enrollment/application to the program. Prospective students should submit their petitions with their application materials.
For each petition, please address each objective (bullet point) in 250 words or less.
Community/ Population Health Nursing Petition
Describe examples of social, cultural, political, economic and environmental factors that influence the health of communities, and populations.
Discuss theories and strategies used for community assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation.
Describe the importance of establishing collaborative relationships with diverse partners for health promotion.
Describe 2-3 examples of how you have applied community and public health nursing principles.
Provide 2-3 examples of when you have demonstrated working effectively within a team of peers.
Leadership, quality, and safety petition
Briefly describe the organization, structural factors, benefits, and limitations of the U.S. health care delivery system.
Describe strategies you have used or could use to improve the quality and safety of health interventions and outcomes to diverse populations at the policy, system, and environment levels.
Discuss an example of the application of data systems and technologies to facilitate effective, safe, and quality health interventions.
Compare and contrast frameworks for enhancing quality and safety in the delivery of health interventions across care systems.
Explain nursing’s leadership role in coordinating, providing, and evaluating safe, quality, and equitable care to diverse populations.
Applicants are advised to include not only a description of their professional experience, expertise and education but to also provide examples such as:
Course descriptions of academic, continuing education, or in-service education courses
Clinical examples of research utilization or providing health education.
Descriptions of community projects
An annotated (detailed, descriptive) resume that highlights professional and community health experiences, whether at work or in the community (both volunteer and paid)
In-service course descriptions and/or evaluation
Professional certification, when the exam or requirements for such certification includes knowledge of relevant content or skills
Membership and activities in professional organizations