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CCNE logoAmong 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.

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.

In Walden’s MSN program, you can:

  • Collaborate with nurses from around the country in an interactive online environment.
  • Learn from expert teaching faculty—100% of whom hold doctoral degrees.
  • Gain the opportunity to translate knowledge into practice by designing, developing, and implementing a project in a professional healthcare setting.
  • Acquire the knowledge needed to act as a change agent and apply your enhanced expertise within the healthcare environment.
  • Receive approval for early conditional admission to the RN-MSN (specialty practice) program while completing your last term of an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or Nursing Diploma program and successfully completing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a licensed Registered Nurse (RN). Request information or contact an enrollment advisor to learn more. * Join Phi Nu, Walden’s chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and connect with nurses around the world to share the latest nursing research and best practices in clinical, scientific, and leadership areas.

Learning Outcomes

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.   
  • Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
  • Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
  • Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of specialist nursing care.
  • Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
  • Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
  • Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.

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

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Testimonials

Alvin Mena Centaro

Alvin Mena Cantero

MSN Graduate
I have the unconditional support of family and friends, some of whom applied to Walden after hearing about my experience.
I find that when I educate, whether in a formal or informal environment, I learn from my students as much as they learn from me.
I chose Walden because of its faculty commitment to students and its commitmentto social change. I want to master the tools I need to better myself and the community in which I serve.
Allison Souza MSN Graduate / DNP Student
Allison Souza
Lynn Sayre Visser MSN Graduate
Lynn Sayre Visser
Cynthia Hickman MSN Graduate / PhD in Health Services Student
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