With this MSN specialization, you can leverage your knowledge to directly impact the care and service received by patients and families in your career.
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 Nurse Executive 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:
In Walden’s MSN program, you can:
Upon completing this specialization, graduates will be prepared to:
Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.2 As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, there should be increased demand for healthcare services.
According to PayScale, the average salary for a nurse manager is $82,956.3
If you have the right experience and training, Walden’s MSN Nurse Executive program can help position you for roles such as:
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).
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CCNE-accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program*
Healthcare continues to change in both incremental and significant ways and nurse leaders are needed to help shape the future in innovative and effective ways.
With Walden's Nurse Executive specialization, you can gain the essential skills that will make you an effective leader in decision-making, planning, finance, and human resources.Learn More
Choose Walden's Nursing Education specialization and learn the skills needed to assure quality educational experiences that prepare nurses for a diverse ever-changing healthcare environment.
Coursework is designed to prepare you to address current healthcare problems in a clinical setting as well as participate in teaching projects in the classroom and patient and staff development settings. Stay on the leading edge of clinical practice and combine your clinical expertise and a passion for teaching into a rich and rewarding career.Learn More
Choose Walden’s Nursing Informatics specialization and learn the skills needed to enhance patient care through the use of information technology.
Our curriculum addresses how technology systems and workflows can improve and expedite the communication process and the handling of patient data. In this specialization, you will learn about information systems, database concepts, project management, the protection of information, and knowledge management in a healthcare setting.Learn More
Choose either the Adult-Gerontology or Family Nurse Practitioner specialization and gain the advanced practice clinical skills and knowledge to help advance your career as a provider in the delivery of healthcare.
Students explore strategies for improving health outcomes through effective collaboration and communication. Coursework is rooted in evidence-based practice so that you can gain knowledge in providing comprehensive and cost-effective care.Learn More
Choose this specialization if you want to focus on primary care of adolescents (those age 13 and older) through older adults.
Gain the skills that will allow you to conduct initial assessments and deliver diagnoses as well as develop treatment and care plans. Prepare yourself to work in a variety of settings from doctor offices, internal medicine, family practice, health departments, free clinics, community clinics, nursing homes, rehab centers, assisted living centers, and more.Learn More
This specialization focuses on the advanced care of acutely or chronically ill adolescents (those age 13 and older) through older adults.
In addition to learning how to conduct initial assessments, make diagnoses, and develop treatment and care plans, you will participate in clinical research. Apply your skills as a practitioner in the emergency room and in surgical and medical intensive care units and explore procedures such as transplants, cardiovascular surgery, and neurosurgery.Learn More
If you aspire to improve community health and address disparities in access to health care, collaborate with key stakeholders, and positively impact the public health field, our MSN Public Health Nursing specialization can help you build the skills and knowledge to achieve your goals.
For nursing professionals interested in preparing for Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN-BC) certification, an online MSN degree from Walden can help you meet the graduate degree requirements for eligibility.Learn More
Discover special training to assess, diagnose, provide therapy, and prescribe medications for patients with psychiatric disorders and substance abuse issues.
With this specialization, you can prepare to treat patients across the life span in a variety of settings, from psychiatric hospitals to mental health clinics to schools.Learn More
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.
1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP code 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse). Includes 2016 preliminary data.
2Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers. National job growth estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.
3Source: PayScale, Average Nursing Manager Salary. National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries (or salary growth), and are subject to change.
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.
Note on Certification: Walden’s MSN program is designed to provide the academic degree required to apply for national certifications. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will achieve national certification, we encourage students to consult the appropriate credentialing center for the specific requirements. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about certification programs, students should contact the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursingworld.org/ancc, or other certification websites.