Interprofessional Education Mission
The Graduate School of Nursing offers academic programs in master's, post-master's and doctoral degrees, preparing registered professional and advanced practice nurses within nurse practitioner and nurse educator specialties and for faculty, research and other nursing leadership positions.
The GSN is part of the University of Massachusetts Medical School which also includes the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. All three schools participate together in interprofessional education (IPE) initiatives including IPE clerkships. In 2009, core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice were developed nationally by six schools of health professionals including nursing, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and public health as a foundation for collaborative practice and education. An interprofessional education resource was developed through a Partner’s Investing in Nursing’s Future Grant. Collaborative initiatives include human patient simulation (HPS) team training, community and population health experiences, and IPE clinical work.
Our educational program has benefited in recent years from major investments in state-of-the-art educational technology and medical simulation and additional enhancements of our labs and Observed Standardized Patient Clinical Experience (OSCE) housed in the Albert Sherman Center, a new research and education building on campus which opened in Spring 2013 where teaching and student space are among the priorities. A library guide of GSN Resources and Information page is available to refer to many educational-related resources including nursing organizations, databases, listserves, and related information.
Commonwealth Medicine which is dedicated to improving health care for people in need, has played an instrumental role in the GSN in launching the Graduate Entry Pathway in the Graduate School of Nursing as a response to the growing need for professional nursing staff. Cooperative training and practicum opportunities that encourage public service are also undertaken with the GSN students and program.
The GSN is also a founding member of the Worcester Nursing Pipeline Consortium (WNPC), which increases enrollment, retention, graduation and academic advancement of qualified nursing students and nurses committed to improving health care in Central Massachusetts.