Among all the leadership roles in healthcare, a nurse manager has the most direct impact on the care and service that patients and families receive throughout their healthcare experience. In Walden’s Leadership and Management specialization, you can leverage your knowledge and experience to gain the advanced competencies needed to move into a leadership position.

Prepare to help ensure the delivery of safe, effective healthcare through coursework designed to hone skills in coaching, motivating, and leading a professional team while developing administrative expertise and decision-making skills in the areas of quality assurance and effective oversight of organizational resources. Fieldwork experience also provides an opportunity to apply your learning in a real-world environment. Review the PDF to the right for the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

The American Association of Nurse Executives (AONE) believes that nurse managers at all levels must be competent in the following five attributes:

  • Communication and relationship-building, including influencing behaviors and supporting diversity.
  • Superior knowledge of the complex and ever-changing healthcare environment, including clinical practice, delivery models, healthcare economics, policy, governance, evidence-based practice, safety, risk management, and quality improvement.
  • Leadership, including foundational and systems thinking, succession planning, and change management
  • Professionalism, including professional and personal accountability, career planning, ethics, and advocacy
  • Business skills, including marketing and financial, human resource, strategic, and information management.

Upon completing this specialization, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Communicate with and lead multiple stakeholders in order to improve patient care.
  • Evaluate how organizational structure, care processes, financing, marketing, and policy decisions impact the quality of healthcare.
  • Understand the role of organizational behavior in healthcare delivery.
  • Recruit, hire, and effectively mentor new nurses.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

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  • “I used to think my job was to teach ‘tasks’ because nurses perform tasks. Now I understand that a nurse does much more than that. I’m teaching on a different scale. I’m not teaching a task; I’m teaching a concept, an ideal, a best practice .”

    Intermountain Healthcare employee
    Walden MSN Graduate


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    and Management specialization
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