(Answered) NR500NP Week 1: The Value of a Master’s-Prepared Nurse

Consider the current healthcare delivery models and practice settings. Reflect on how nursing practice is transforming in response to the current demands of the healthcare system and answer one of the following questions:

  1. What differentiates the practice of a master’s-prepared nurse compared to that of a baccalaureate-prepared nurse?
  2. What is the value of a master’s degree in nursing?
  3. What do you consider to be the most essential professional competency for a master’s-prepared nurse practicing in the 21st century?

Refer to AACN Essentials, Chamberlain University Nursing Conceptual Framework and other scholarly sources. Use at least one outside scholarly article to support your position. Provide an example to illustrate an application to professional practice.


The dynamic nature of the nursing profession brings forth career advancement opportunities for the nurses devoted to lifelong learning. Nurses are increasingly pursuing master’s level education to enhance their clinical knowledge and skills to deliver the best patient care.  An MSN-prepared nurse is highly valuable mainly because they have better knowledge and skills in new and advanced technology, better leadership skills, and evidence-based practice (EBP) (Kjellaas et al., 2020). MSN education helps nurses develop new skills, engage in research and EBP, and

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