A chief nursing officer is the highest-ranking administrative nurse in an organization. As a top nursing executive, you’d be part of the executive team in the “C-level suite” (where every executive’s title begins with “chief”). Just like the chief financial officer and the chief technology officer, you’d report directly to the chief executive officer. Most likely, you’ll have advanced from nurse to nurse leadership positions, such as nurse manager or director, with increasing responsibilities and influence.
These are five of the key characteristics you’ll need to be an effective chief nursing officer:
After you go to nursing school and become a registered nurse (RN), an excellent next step is to enroll in an online nursing degree program to earn your bachelor’s degree. You have two basic choices—you can enroll in a CCNE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program or an accelerated RN to BSN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program for a faster track to your master’s degree.
Some accelerated nursing programs online allow you to transfer up to 75% of your bachelor’s degree credits to the completion of your master’s degree, saving you both time and money. This approach puts you on a fast track to an MSN degree with a Nurse Executive specialization, the focused graduate training you’ll need to acquire nurse leadership skills. Beyond your MSN degree, you’ll have the opportunity to update your nurse leadership skills with a Post-Master's Certificate in Nurse Executive. You may also decide to pursue the top practice-based doctoral degree in your profession with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or a PhD in Nursing with a specialization in Leadership.
It’s an exciting time to be in the nursing profession. Prepare for a rewarding career at the top of your field as a chief nursing officer.
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Walden’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion program, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036. CCNE is a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and ensures the quality and integrity of bachelor’s and graduate education programs in preparing effective nurses. For students, accreditation signifies program innovation and continuous self-assessment.