Nurse Executive Leader MSN Concentration

In today’s health care industry, managing a nursing department or facility can be similar to running a complex business. The Nurse Executive Leader concentration within the online MSN program is for nurses who aspire to such management and high-level administrative roles.

Nurses in these demanding leadership positions are accountable for patient care across a broad spectrum, resulting in a need for professionals with significant expertise in collaboration, organization, communication, and critical and strategic thinking. They may also have to manage human resources, develop budgets and coordinate plans with other professionals.

This concentration can help prepare you for certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a credential that shows evidence of your nursing leadership abilities.

The Nurse Executive Leader Concentration

Coursework focuses on organizational and administrative expertise such as communication, conflict resolution and fiscal management, as well as systems thinking in the nursing context. The Nurse Executive Leader concentration requires 18 semester hours in addition to 18 semester hours of core courses.

NRHL 620 Building Effective Communication and Relationships
Students learn communication strategies that address organizational issues and conflicts. Coursework emphasizes advanced communication skills related to diversity in the workplace, generational benefits, collaborative decision-making, recruitment and retention, and shared governance, as well as building trust and credible organizational relationships.

NRHL 622 Professionalism and Executive Career Development
This course provides the aspiring nurse executive leader with the skills to coach and develop others within the health care organization. Topics include professionalism, personal and professional accountability, transparency, advocacy and ethical standards.

NRHL 624 Advanced Knowledge of Health Care Systems
Students will learn about the financial, operational, regulatory and clinical aspects of management specific to health care organizations. Factors such as reimbursement, technology, staffing, leadership, organizational design and complexity, and for-profit and nonprofit issues will also be addressed.

NRHL 626 Nursing Leadership and Systems Thinking
This course focuses on theoretical foundations and conceptual principles of nursing leadership in complex health care environments. Coursework is designed to enhance leadership self-awareness and to encourage students to nurture leadership traits to effectively lead organization change, build strong cultures, develop effective teams and resolve conflicts. Other topics include change processes in contemporary health care organizations and the evolving roles of management and transformational leadership.

NRHL 628 Financial Management and Resource Allocation in Health Care Systems
Subjects covered include strategic financial planning, financial statement analysis, budgeting, and financial decision making strategies specific to the health care industry. Students will also explore issues with funding sources and constraints, reimbursement, cost containment and marketing.

NRHL 635: Evidence-based Nursing Practice Capstone Project
In this course, students put the knowledge and skills learned throughout the program into practice. With the assistance of the faculty and a preceptor within each student’s selected practicum setting, students will develop a project that demonstrates their cumulative learning, leadership abilities, professional growth and ability to address real-world issues and problems.

Learn more about how the Nurse Executive Leader concentration within Benedictine’s Online MSN program can help open up new opportunities for you. Request more information or call (866) 295-3104 today to speak to a program manager.