NNP Outcomes

UMKC’s Neonatal Nurse Practitioner graduate program is focused on educating students to treat newborn patients, communicate with families and work alongside other health professionals in interprofessional settings to improve health outcomes.

The NNP supports SoNHS’s mission to prepare leaders in the nursing workforce. The graduate program educates students to exercise leadership within complex and diverse systems.


In support of the SoNHS mission to prepare leaders in the nursing workforce, the Masters of Science in Nursing program provides an innovative graduate education that prepares the nurse for leadership within complex and diverse systems, teaching to improve health outcomes, and knowledge and skills to elevate care in various roles and inter-professional settings.

Student learning outcomes

  • Implement skills and strategies to advance professional nursing and health across populations and settings.
  • Integrate theory and research in evidence-based nursing and teaching practice.
  • Serve as a leader in unit and organizational based change.

NNP competency definitions

Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is the rational and reflective process of making judgments. This process includes analysis and differentiation of complex data sets as a basis for independent and collaborative health care decision-making.

The ability to use complex, ongoing, interactive written and verbal processes so information can be exchanged between individuals, groups, and/or systems.

Service Delivery
The ability to apply theory and research in advanced clinical practice, or to the education of professional nurses, or in managing organizations and environments.

Technology Utilization
The ability to deliver health care services using a broad range of technological devices.

Professional Role Development
The ability to enact the subroles of the nurse in advanced practice.

Global Perspectives
The ability to integrate individual, micro- and macro-system attributes into the delivery of health care.

Health Care Systems
The ability to evaluate and function in the complex array of relationships and settings in which health care may be delivered.

Participate in the development of relationships in which each party contributes equitably to the decision-making.

Participate in interdisciplinary endeavors to identify the structures related to rights, duties and responsibilities.

Cultural Sensitivity
The incorporation of values to provide services to individuals and groups with respect for human dignity and the uniqueness of the client unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems. (ANA Code of Ethics)

The ability to critically evaluate and synthesize research results providing the scientific basis for advanced practice nursing.

The ability to analyze a variety of theories and determine applicability to personal advanced practice nursing.

The ability to assume the teaching role in both formal and informal teaching. Teaching/learning is a dynamic, lifelong interactive process that has formal and informal elements. Formal teaching occurs between two or more people including a teacher and learner. The teacher 1) assumes the role of content resource, and 2) designs and manages the process that will facilitate the learner(s) in the acquisition of new knowledge, attitudes, and or skills. Informal teaching/learning process may involve one or more persons who may or may not be identified as a teacher or a learner. It consists of unplanned, spontaneous activities that enable a person to acquire new knowledge, attitudes or skills.