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MSN: Nursing Management & Executive Leadership Specialization

Program overview

Lead the way to exceptional health care.

Take the lead in delivering high-quality care with the Nursing Management & Executive Leadership specialization. You’ll prepare for managerial and leadership roles in this ever-changing industry.

Take the lead in delivering high-quality care with the Nursing Management & Executive Leadership specialization. You’ll prepare for managerial and leadership roles in this ever-changing industry.

Quick Facts

2

years to complete

36

total credit hours

$695

per credit hour

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The Keys to Leadership

As health care has grown, its demands and complexities have, too. The nursing practice needs leaders who can calmly interpret those complexities to improve administrative processes and produce superior patient outcomes.

The Nursing Management & Executive Leadership specialization prepares you with integrative expertise in strategic planning, quality improvement, workforce development, research and ethics, and human resource management.

Learn how to manage a budget, create and implement administrative processes, make certain your procedures meet professional and ethical standards, and more. You’ll ensure your team excels both personally and professionally in a supportive, enriching work environment.

Interested in a standalone graduate certificate in Nursing Education? Request more information from one of our admissions advisor.

Career Outlook: Growth 3x the National Average

Every industry needs strong leaders, but health care — where people’s lives and well-being are at stake — needs them most of all.

The demand for medical and health services managers (a category that encompasses nurse managers and administrators) is projected to grow 18 percent through 2028. That’s more than 3x the national average1 and 4 percent more than healthcare occupations overall.2

Nursing administrators are most commonly employed at hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, community-based health organizations and a wide variety of other institutions.3

Chief Nursing Officer:

$127,489/YEAR

As Chief Nursing Officer, you’d be your hospital’s lead executive in charge of nursing operations. Your daily responsibilities might include managing staff levels, creating hospital and department budgets, acting as a bridge between physicians and nurses, and more.4

Director of Patient Care Services:

$98,341/YEAR

As a Director of Patient Care Services, you’d ensure patients across your hospital’s departments receive the highest-quality care. You’d work with department leaders, ensure operations run smoothly, and speak with patients and their families about health care needs and care plans.5

Careers and Salaries

Curriculum: Transformative Leadership

Through eight specialization courses, learn to motivate others, build trust with your team, and effectively communicate across your organization. Graduate with the big-picture skills you need to become a transformative nursing leader.

The Nursing Management & Executive Leadership specialization includes 120 clinical practicum hours. These practicum hours put your new skills to work with supervision from an identified preceptor in your community.

Course Spotlight: NU 521 – Creating a Professional Work Environment

Create a positive work environment for both nursing staff and interprofessional teams. You’ll learn about adopting the tenets of Magnet hospitals, supporting quality and safety, fostering high performance in your staff, and improving nurse satisfaction.

Preview Courses

Course Spotlight: NU 576 – Management of Financial Resources

Explore the budgeting process in the health care setting, including the building blocks of developing sound financial projections. You’ll also review multipayer systems and their impact on the financial picture of health care organizations.

More Options for Your MSN

MSN: Nursing Education Specialization

Complement your clinical experience with teaching skills and learn to design curricula, evaluate your students and step into the role of instructor.

MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader Specialization

Advocate for superior patient care and lead a team of integrated health care professionals, including social workers, pharmacists, physicians and fellow nurses.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

Our students are mainly registered nurses who are working full-time and returning to school to get their master’s degree in nursing with a specialty in Clinical Nurse Leadership, Nursing Education, or Nursing Management and Executive Leadership.

Our MSN students seek a regional and nursing accredited program and the flexibility to take courses online at convenient times. Located throughout the Northeast region and the entire U.S., students’ geographic diversity helps provide a rich learning experience thanks to the varying perspectives offered during discussions.

Our distinguished, award-winning faculty have years of clinical experience and in many cases, they have studied nursing education and performed scholarly research.

You can apply right now. Our academic calendar has six MSN start dates a year, with flexible modules to accommodate your financial aid, tuition reimbursement or scholarship funds. We can help you determine which start date is right for you.

If you have any questions, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

Yes, Sacred Heart University offers nursing students the opportunity to travel internationally via Global Programs. If you have any questions, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

Some of the requirements for this program include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited college, or BA/BS in a related field and an unencumbered RN license from your state of practice.

Visit our MSN Admissions page for a complete list of requirements.

You can complete the MSN program at your own pace, taking as few as 2 years or as long as 6 years to graduate.

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Sources:

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Medical and Health Services Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved October 4, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-1.
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Healthcare Occupations. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved October 4, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm.
  3. All Nursing Schools (n.d.). How Much Do Nurse Administrators Make? Salaries, Job Growth & Career Advancement. Retrieved October 4, 2019, from https://www.allnursingschools.com/nurse-leadership-administration/salary/.
  4. Payscale (2019 September 18). Average Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salary. Retrieved October 3, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Chief_Nursing_Officer_(CNO)/Salary.
  5. Payscale (2019 August 24). Average Director of Patient Care Services Salary. Retrieved October 3, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Director_of_Patient_Care_Services/Salary.