Nursing Leadership Program Overview
The nursing management and organizational leadership specialization is designed for experienced professionals seeking to develop their nursing leadership skills. The nursing leadership specialization prepares students to advance their leadership and management abilities and work toward the achievement of optimal health in the dynamic health care system.
Students are prepared for careers in nursing administration and health information management where they will manage resources, collaborate with a variety of other professionals and apply technology, information systems and critical thinking to their jobs.
Students graduating with American Sentinel’s CCNE-accredited MSN, nursing management and organizational leadership specialization, complete 36 credit hours of course work. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 18 credit hours from previous graduate study.
Through case studies and hands-on course work, nurses examine the various human resource challenges facing an organization as well as the dynamic nature of the strategic planning and management processes. Courses cover long-range planning, including budgeting, analysis, reporting and developing a capital budget.
Our rigorous curriculum covers a breadth of issues in nursing and health care, giving nurses the foundation and skills to expand their practice. Here are a few of the MSN nursing leadership program’s key courses:
- Diverse Populations in Health Care (N510): Students select a country and do an intensive study of the country’s economic and social climate and other factors that contribute to the country’s health status, including the influence of culture, women’s status and disease. Emphasizes the global nature of health care.
- Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care Management (N550): Examines current case law as well as contemporary ethical issues in nursing practice, such as genomics and stem cell research, and end-of-life issues.
- Health Care Systems (N500): Discusses health care delivery systems and emerging models such as the movement toward accountable care organizations, as guided by the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Leadership in Health Care Organizations (N530): Explores the critical role leadership plays in the sustainable success of contemporary health care organizations. Students learn the components of effective leadership, how to build teams within a culturally diverse workplace, and how to build, motivate and lead high-performance departments.
- Health Care Informatics (N535): Explores development and utilization of health care informatics in the administration of health care agencies and institutions. Focuses on the acquisition of clinical and financial information, information processing, analysis and reporting, and informatics trends.
- Health Care Strategic Management and Planning (N545): Students investigate the processes of determining the direction of a health care system by establishing objectives and designing and implementing strategies. Stresses the dynamic nature of related issues in a rapidly evolving health care delivery system.
Specialization Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the MSN program, nursing management and organizational leadership specialization, will be able to:
- Propose new organizational structures and policies to address organizational issues.
- Develop strategic, operational and financial planning documents.
- Interpret labor laws and union bargaining agreements to plan for human resource initiatives.
- Adapt leadership theory to personal leadership style.
TAKE THE NEXT STEP TOWARD SUCCESS
Completion of the MSN, nursing management and organizational leadership specialization, requires 36 credit hours. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 18 credit hours from previous graduate study.
|REQUIRED COURSES (36 credit hours)|
|Core Courses (18 credit hours)|
|N500 Health Care Systems||3|
|N505 Theoretical Foundations||3|
|N510 Diverse Populations and Health Care||3|
|N515 Research Design||3|
|N520 Introduction to Modern Organizations and Health Care||3|
|N550 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care Management||3|
|Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership Specialization (18 credit hours)|
|N525 Human Resources Management||3|
|N530 Leadership in Health Care Organizations||3|
|N535 Health Care Informatics||3|
|N540 Health Care Finance and Economics||3|
|N545 Health Care Strategic Management and Planning||3|
|N555 Strategic Capstone Seminar||3|
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Career Opportunities in Nursing
As a clinical nurse specialist, you could go into education or consulting in a health care setting. As a certified nurse anesthetist, you could work with patients and doctors to prepare patients for surgery and treat them afterward. And as a certified nurse midwife, you could work with babies and expectant mothers. MSN graduates may also choose to move out of the clinical practice setting and work in administration.
In today's rapidly changing, highly technological health care environment, nurses with a nursing informatics background and education are more valuable than ever. Nursing informatics involves the integration of information and data to support nurses and other health care professionals. American Sentinel's nursing informatics degree teaches nurses to use information technology to streamline their processes around documentation and record keeping, ultimately improving the patient experience.
The American Sentinel distance nursing degree program will prepare you to advance your nursing career with an MSN degree. Learn more about advancing your nursing career in American Sentinel’s nursing chat series with NurseTogether.com.
Job Outlook for Nursing
Today, there is a call for more highly educated nurses capable of expanded roles, from community care to acute care. RNs with an MSN degree should have excellent job prospects, including in accountable care organizations, long-term acute care, health informatics and infection prevention and control. Learn more about the Bureau of Labor Statistics outlook for nurses.