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No. 1 in Master of Science in Nursing graduates in the U.S.1

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.


Why Pursue Your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)-Nurse Executive With Walden?

  • Learn from experienced faculty. 100% of our didactic faculty are nurse leaders who hold doctoral degrees. Designed by nurse executives working in the field, the program covers relevant clinical challenges.
  • Gain real-world experience. Develop effective leadership skills through expert-guided
    practicums held in real healthcare settings, and build your expertise by working through real-world scenarios.
  • Pursue your passion. Gain deep knowledge and grow your expertise in high-demand practice areas by concentrating on one of two sub-specializations in Risk Management or Health Policy.
  • Build your expertise via engaging coursework. State-of-the-art learning technologies, engaging case studies, and robust media and support materials bring classroom learning to life.
  • Discover the difference-maker within you: The theme of social change is threaded throughout our MSN curriculum. Learn how to apply your new knowledge to make a positive impact in your community.
  • Connect—and learn—with other talented nurses. Our Facebook communities, alumni associations, and chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing make connecting easy.

Success by the Numbers

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The didactic faculty in the College of Nursing all hold doctorates.

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You’ve Got Options

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.

Competency-Based MSN-Nurse Executive

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.

Course-Based MSN-Nurse Executive

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.

A Path to Success for Every Level in Your Nursing Career

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.

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You have the drive to go further. We have the resources to help you get there. With dedicated faculty and exceptional student support, you’re never alone—Walden is with you at every step. Find out how we make sure you get the most out of your MSN experience.

Become a Healthcare Change Agent

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.

Meet Your Academic Team

Vincent Hall

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.

Jeanne Morrison

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.

Deborah Weatherspoon

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.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online MSN-Nurse Executive program will be prepared to:

  • 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.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning an MSN-Nurse Executive?

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.

An MSN – Nurse Executive can prepare you to pursue career options such as:5

  • Chief nursing officer
  • Vice president of clinical operations or patient services
  • Clinical nursing supervisor
  • Nurse administrator
  • Nurse executive
  • Nursing consultant
  • Service-line director
  • Nurse supervisor or nurse manager
  • Director of nursing
  • Director of case management
  • Healthcare administrator

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.

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Testimonials

James McDaniel

James McDaniel

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Graduate and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Graduate
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.
Christi Siedlecki Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Graduate
Christi Siedlecki
Analena Lunde Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Graduate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Graduate
Analena Lunde

FAQ About Walden’s Online MSN - Nursing Executive Specialization

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.

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