With this MSN specialization, you can prepare to leverage your knowledge to directly impact healthcare delivery in your organization.
As a nurse, you have the potential to shape the future of patient care. Take your leadership and influence to a new level with the Nurse Executive specialization. In this specialization, you will:
The BSN Track is for registered nurses who already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Students who enter the program with a BSN will complete the following core curriculum and then advance to the courses in the Nurse Executive specialization.
If you hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN), see the RN Track.
The course-based format may be a good option for you if you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule. If you want a flexible learning experience with no set weekly deadlines, allowing you to make progress at your pace, on your schedule, a competency-based format is also available.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
|Course Code||NURS 6002/6003||Course||Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing||Credits||(3 cr.)|
|Course Code||NURS 6050||Course||Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||NURS 6051||Course||Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||NURS 6052||Course||Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||NURS 6053||Course||Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership||Credits||(5 cr.)|
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. Students receive a foundation for the student’s academic and professional success as scholar-practitioners and social change agents. Course assignments focus on introducing students to resources that support success, development of graduate-level writing skills and use of APA, academic integrity, and the development of a professional development plan based on the student’s chosen specialization.
In today’s rapidly changing healthcare delivery system, decisions made within the political arena impact the future of health delivery systems, healthcare professionals, and the populations they serve. In this course, students examine the policy process and its impact on healthcare delivery, cost, quality, and access. Students examine the importance of getting healthcare issues on federal and state agenda, investigate governmental response through legislation and regulation, and identify where they can advocate for positive outcomes in program/policy design, implementation, and evaluation. Global health issues are examined for their relevance and impact on the development of the nurse advocate. Through discussions, reflection, case studies, and the application of professional communications techniques as political tactics to influence policy outcomes, students demonstrate integration of policy decision-making into professional nurse practice for the benefit of individuals and populations.
Nursing informatics is essential to the provision of effective and efficient care. This course examines nursing informatics as a nursing competency and a nursing specialty. Students examine the role of the nurse informaticist in current practices related to the collection, access, and use of health information and knowledge, as well as the implementation of clinical systems. Through this course, students gain an understanding of how informatics is used to improve advanced nursing practice and healthcare outcomes across organizations, public health, and consumer health settings.
Nurses base practice on sound and tested evidence to ensure the safety, high quality, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. This course provides students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of evidence-based practice (EBP) and how it interacts and aligns with research and quality improvement. Students will examine how to use databases to discover evidence and how to apply their knowledge of research methodologies to critically appraise literature. They will also examine opportunities to strengthen their synthesis and integration skills to determine whether a change in practice is needed, based on a body of evidence. Through exploration of implementation, evaluation, and dissemination strategies, students will explore the intricacies of leading and mentoring change within an organization to enhance nursing practice.
Students in this course will develop leadership skills to transform nursing and adapt organizations in response to the turbulent healthcare environment. They will develop and apply theory-based leadership competencies to create the organizational cultures needed to achieve quality patient outcomes. Students will also explore evidence-based strategies to create healthy work environments that empower nurses and build collaborative interprofessional teams.
|Course Code||NURS 6201||Course||Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||NURS 6211||Course||Finance and Economics in Healthcare Delivery||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||NURS 6221||Course||Managing Human Resources||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||NURS 6231||Course||Healthcare Systems and Quality Outcomes||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||NURS 6241||Course||Strategic Planning in Healthcare Organizations||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||OPTIONAL||Course||SUB-Specialization—RISK MANAGEMENT||Credits||Total 10|
|Course Code||NURS 6223||Course||Healthcare Quality Assurance and Risk Management in Healthcare Organizations||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||NURS 6224||Course||Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||OPTIONAL||Course||SUB-Specialization—HEALTH POLICY||Credits||Total 10|
|Course Code||NURS 6226||Course||Introduction to Healthcare Policy||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||NURS 6227||Course||Current Issues in Health Policy||Credits||(5 cr.)|
This course is foundational for the Leadership and Management specialty track. Students focus on theoretical and practical aspects of leadership and management functions in healthcare administration, and they discuss standards of practice for nursing administration. They explore a range of topics, including roles and responsibilities, quality improvements, strategic planning and management, regulations, accreditation, and information systems. Through this course, students learn the goals of the nurse leader, including ways to facilitate efficient, high-quality healthcare delivery to achieve excellence in patient care and services.
Students in this course learn about the fundamentals of finance and budgeting in healthcare delivery. They apply financial principles, such as budgeting processes used in multiple healthcare settings and the nurse administrator's responsibilities within the context of leading and managing resources. Through these applications, students explore budget development and management of operational and capital resources. They examine the influence of private and public policies and budgeting models that affect quality outcomes within the aspect of financial planning using information systems. Students also explore budget and resource decisions contributing to the achievement of organizational outcomes within the context of providing efficient and cost-effective quality care.
Nursing leadership is grounded firmly in managing our most important resource—human capital. In this course, students address nurse administrators’ role and responsibilities in human resource management. Students explore current legal, ethical, professional, and practice policies and standards, and they learn how to apply technology to human resource functions. Additionally, students learn strategies to support positive organizational and nursing service goals. They also have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the importance of staff satisfaction as well as creating collaborative and supportive partnerships within organizations.
The development of leadership strategies and competencies that support the healthcare organizational delivery of quality care is imperative to quality outcomes within healthcare systems. In this course, students use a systems approach to explore the organizational structures that impact healthcare quality and, ultimately, positive patient outcomes. Students learn how interdisciplinary collaboration is important to the development of quality management structures, gaining an understanding of how quality improvement is a strategic mandate. Engaging in conceptual and application-based assignments, students focus on clinical and service quality planning, control and improvement initiatives, models and tools for process improvement, and the importance and use of metrics in daily operations.
Nurse administrators in healthcare organizations must be aware of and integrate strategic organizational goals. Students in this course use an interdisciplinary case study approach to examine nursing administrative practice issues as they relate to the strategic planning process. Students apply leadership and management principles, concepts, and theory to strategic issues within the case study format. Through these applications, students learn to use a variety of administrative strategies within the context of supportive and collaborative interdisciplinary relationships to achieve positive patient care delivery outcomes that effect positive social change in patient communities.
In this course students examine healthcare quality assurance and risk management and the methods that are utilized to achieve improvements in healthcare organizations. Topics include the link between patient safety and legal and regulatory compliance; the role of accreditation organization requirements in patient safety; evidence-based outcomes and standards of care; the development and archiving of reports, data, and device evidence in medical error situations; and managing patient safety compliance through credentialing of healthcare professionals.
Students in this course review compliance regulations resulting from federal and state laws governing healthcare in various settings. Students have the opportunity to study the essential elements of an effective compliance program and how to implement them. Topics include setting up and maintaining a compliance program, the role of the healthcare compliance officer, investigating, reporting, enforcement and discipline, and ethics in compliance management
Students in this course consider the evolution of the U.S. healthcare system and of health policy. Topics include current challenges in the delivery of healthcare and the future of the healthcare system. Students are introduced to perspectives for analyzing health and healthcare with a focus on vulnerable populations, mental health issues, variations in medical practice and the quality of care, and healthcare rationing and access to care. NURS 6050.)
This course serves as an introduction to major health policy issues and an examination of government's role in the healthcare system. Course focuses on the role of policy analysis in the formation and implementation of national and local health policy and the policy implications of how government pays for care. The role of the legal system with respect to adverse medical outcomes, economic rights, and individual rights is discussed. Students examine proposals for health policy reform at the national and local level, including potential reforms of Medicare and Medicaid. An overview of health program analysis and evaluation will also be discussed.
|Course Code||NURS 6600||Course||Capstone||Credits||(5 cr.)|
Students in this course apply the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) curriculum experience by translating knowledge into practice through participation in professional activities and the development of a culminating project. Students apply theory, principles, and concepts related to their area of specialization in order to enhance nursing practice and promote positive social 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.