After reading GCU mission and vision statement and the AACN’s Essentials for Master’s Education for Advanced Practice nursing, both have the same elements that provide the students with information and prepare them to use critical thinking in their work force area. Both organizations expect its students to possess strong decision making and the ability to think critically. In addition, students will have good teaching skills and be able exchange information and be in a leadership position to provide extraordinary care to the community that they serve.

Both GCU and AACN believe that a master-prepared nurse should be an active participant to lead change, promote health and elevate care in various roles and settings.

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GCU’s mission states that “Grand Canyon University prepares learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage” (GCU, 2018).

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is a professional organization which constitutes schools of nursing that have developed standards for nursing education to develop high quality practitioners and improve health care (GCU, 2013). The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2011), developed several essentials of master’s education in nursing.  These essentials reflect GCU’s mission to develop global, critical thinking leaders, prepared to embrace and act in the ever-changing challenges within the health care system.  
The GCU’s mission and the AACN essentials of master’s education in nursing both emphasize the importance of high-quality leadership needed for making responsible and ethical decisions. Another similarity is the recognition of effective communication. AACN (2011) emphasized the importance of information technology for effective integration and coordination of care. GCU (2018) recognizes the importance of an effective leader who can communicate with other health professionals as integral part of the team. Same is true with AACN’s essentials of master’s education in nursing as it recognizes that a nurse is both a leader and a member of an interprofessional team collaborating with each other to improve patient outcomes (AACN, 2011). GCU’s College of Nursing mission supports the school’s overall mission and ANCC’s essentials of master’s education in nursing emphasizing on innovative thinking and use of “systems- and evidence-based practice to promote health, wellness, safety and quality care” (GCU, 2018).

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