Nurse executives require sound clinical knowledge and administrative skills to function effectively as leaders within today’s integrated healthcare delivery systems. The executive nurse leadership specialization, offered in conjunction with the Department of Health Administration and Human Resources, prepares nurse executives to be leaders in the increasingly complex and rapidly changing healthcare climate. The curriculum emphasizes content in organizational and financial management perspectives, as well as the knowledge and skills to exert a leadership role in health care and contribute to the art and science of nursing.
The executive nurse leadership specialization is a 30-credit Master of Science in Nursing degree program for baccalaureate-prepared nurses. Students are admitted in the fall or spring semester. The program can be completed in 21 months. Some of the courses are on line.
Each student is required to complete a 125-clock hour executive nurse leadership practicum. Faculty will provide guidance and support in selection of a preceptor for the practicum who will work with the student to facilitate real-world experience in the application of leadership and management principles. The preceptor and clinical site selection will be based on the student’s career goals. The preceptor will have a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing or related field.