Ready to become a nurse leader? Shape the future of patient care and directly impact healthcare delivery with Walden’s accredited program.
Are you ready to take your nurse executive career to the next level—and make an even greater impact on your patients’ healthcare experience? Whether you’re currently delivering everyday patient care or serving as a nurse leader, earning your MSN-Nurse Executive online degree from Walden can help you make a difference. You’ll gain the administrative expertise, knowledge, and confidence to implement improvement initiatives across teams and organizations. The MSN-Nurse Executive program is aligned with the American Nurses Association (ANA) standards for nurse administrators. It qualifies you to pursue leadership positions in a variety of healthcare settings, including running your own hospital unit.
The didactic faculty in the College of Nursing all hold doctorates.
Choose from two MSN-Nurse Executive degree completion options. Speak with an Enrollment Specialist who can help determine which path can better help you reach your goals.
Would you rather have a flexible learning experience with no set weekly deadlines? Our Tempo Competency-Based Learning™ format allows you to move through the program at your pace, on your schedule. You can potentially speed up your progress and control your tuition cost.
Do you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule? This course-based format may be a good option for you. Advance in a structured program.
“I am an RN with a BSN.” Choose this track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
“I am an RN without a BSN.” Choose this track if you are an RN entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.
“I am an RN who wants an accelerated BSN-MSN path.” Choose this option in the RN-BSN program that allows you to take MSN courses as an undergraduate. These credits will transfer to your master’s program once you complete your BSN.
The curriculum for Walden’s online MSN Nurse Executive specialization covers a wide variety of essential topics, including policy and advocacy, management strategy, finance, human resources, and quality management. As a graduate of this program, you will have the skills and knowledge you need to be an effective nursing leader. You’ll be capable of guiding strategic initiatives within your healthcare system and advancing your nurse executive career.
Dr. Vincent P. Hall
As a program director for the Master of Science in Nursing program, Dr. Hall supervises MSN core courses as well as the Nursing Education, Nurse Executive, Nursing Informatics, and Public Health Nursing specializations. Dr. Hall serves on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials Task Force and on the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation Review Committee. He has been an RN for more than 40 years and a nurse educator for more than 30 years.
Dr. Jeanne Morrison
Dr. Morrison joined Walden in 2004 and serves as specialty coordinator for the MSN in Nurse Executive specialization. She is an RN with more than 25 years of teaching experience in educational settings that range from undergraduate to doctoral and traditional classroom to online learning.
Dr. Deborah Weatherspoon
Dr. Weatherspoon is senior core faculty in Walden’s MSN Nurse Executive specialization. As a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), she managed the anesthesia departments of four hospitals for two decades. She has been instructing nurse leaders since 2009 and is also a prolific writer and researcher.
Graduates of Walden’s online MSN-Nurse Executive program will be prepared to:
As the world’s population continues to age, there will likely be a substantial increase in demand for healthcare services over the next decade—and beyond.
Walden’s online MSN Nurse Executive specialization can prepare you to meet increasing healthcare demands and build a rewarding career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32% from 2019 to 2029.3 As a nurse executive, your leadership can have a substantial impact on the lives of patients in the communities you serve.
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
Optional Nurse Executive Certification (RN-BC) is offered through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) as well as optional certification as a Nurse Manager and Leader and Executive Nursing Practice through the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).
Learn more about top industry sectors, most in-demand job skills and top job titles for MSN grads.
My education from Walden helped me achieve my goal of becoming CEO of the clinic where I was previously nurse manager.
I wanted to go to a school that would provide me with the skill sets to be a leader and an advocate for social change.
1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Collected using Burning Glass Technologies. Retrieved February 2020, using CIP code 51.38 (Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, and Clinical Nursing). Includes 2017–18 provisional data.
2Source: United States Census Bureau, 2020 Census Will Help Policymakers Prepare for the Incoming Wave of Aging Boomers.
3Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers. National long-term job growth projection may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee hob growth, and are subject to change.
4Source: Data from January 2019 to January 2020 for this analysis of job postings for nurses with an MSN was retrieved using Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insight Real-Time Labor Market Information Tool. Results are at the national level and may not reflect local and/or short-term job conditions and are subject to change. Some jobs may require other credentials besides completion of a degree. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or other credential.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.
Program Note: The MSN program with a specialization in Nurse Executive, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, or Public Health Nursing is not a licensure-leading program and will not prepare students as nurse practitioners.
Note on Certification: Walden’s MSN program is designed to academically prepare graduates to apply for national certification. Walden makes no representations or guarantees that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to achieve national certification. We encourage students to consult an appropriate certifying body for the specific certification eligibility requirements. Students should also consult their state board of nursing or other state agency to determine what certifications are required or accepted in that state. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification, as requirements vary widely. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board at www.aanpcert.org, the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursingworld.org/ancc, or other nurse practitioner certification websites.
Note on Competency-Based MSN Specializations
Walden University is currently unable to accept applications for the competency-based MSN specializations in Nurse Executive, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics from residents of the following states: Alaska, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington.
Walden University’s competency-based options are priced as an all-you-can learn model, where students subscribe to three-month learning periods instead of paying for courses or credit hours. Walden offers monthly starts, the first Monday of every month, for the competency-based option.