No. 1 in Master of Science in Nursing graduates in the U.S.**
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.
The American Organization of Nurse Executives 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.
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.
The demand for skilled healthcare managers is expected to increase by 22% by 2018.* This growth will be significantly faster than the national average for all occupations. The demand in employment will be due to advancements in healthcare technology, the broadening of healthcare services, and a rising elderly population.†
According to Glassdoor.com, Indeed.com, and Salary.com, the salary range for a nurse manager is from $72,000 to $115,000 and can go higher based on experience.
If you have the right experience and training, Walden’s MSN program with a specialization in Leadership and Management can help position you for roles such as:
- Chief Nursing Officer
- Director of Nursing
- Head Nurse
- Nurse Administrator
- Nurse Manager Nursing Policy Manager
- Manager of Health Policy Risk Manager
Learn more about top industry sectors, most in-demand job skills and top job titles for MSN grads.
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (viewed online August 9, 2013). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
†Health Career Web, Nursing Management Jobs, on the Internet at www.healthcareerweb.com/nursing/Nursing_management_jobs (viewed online August 9, 2013). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
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