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 who serve in 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.
Completing 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 certificate makes you a board-certified nurse and proves that you are capable of meeting the demands of this challenging profession. After you gain two years of professional experience in a nursing leadership or teaching role, you can take the Nurse Executive, Advanced exam.
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.
A Nurse Executive Leader can work in a variety of settings. You could find yourself managing a department within a large health care organization or you could become responsible for an entire clinic. If you like the idea of continuing to use your nursing skills as you manage other nurses, oversee business aspects of your department or organization, and plan patient care procedures, then the Nurse Executive Leader concentration may be a perfect fit.
The career outlook for Nurse Executive Leaders is currently experiencing rapid growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that demand for Nurse Executive Leaders is expected to grow by 23 percent through 2022. With a median salary of $88,580, the Nurse Executive Leader concentration is worth considering if you want to continue working with patients but also take on managerial responsibilities.
Completing Benedictine’s flexible online MSN program means that your personal, professional and family commitments will not be compromised. Many of our outstanding nursing faculty have earned doctoral level degrees and board certification. Their professional experience and subject area expertise make each MSN course a rich and rewarding learning experience.
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.