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Curriculum Included in MSN Degree in Leadership Programs

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nursing-school-studentsResponding to rapidly developing changes in the healthcare industry, many nursing schools are transforming their MSN in Administration degree programs into “MSN in Leadership in Healthcare Systems” degree programs.  While the courses required for both degrees are largely analogous, the MSN in Leadership in Healthcare System is tailored to prepare graduates for dynamic leadership across the full spectrum of healthcare environments.  Never before has the need for highly skilled and visionary healthcare leaders been greater and never before has effective leadership meant securing acumen over a wider range of knowledge.  The MSN/Leadership in Healthcare Systems degree prepares students to address all aspects of current trends and long term outlooks for leaders in healthcare professions.

As a student in MSN/Leadership in Healthcare Systems, nurses will take 36 credit hours of advanced study with roughly half of the credit hours in advanced nursing practice and half of the courses to address research and special topics in 21st century policy, information technology, financial management, human resources, and quality and safety.  Through a multi-faceted and integrated approach to these subjects, graduates will be prepared to address the challenges and goals of patients across the continuum of care while advocating for nurses in formal leadership positions, policy making environments, technological support services, and specialty roles in varied care delivery sites.

Upon completion of the MSN/Leadership in Healthcare System degree, graduates will have secured the practical and theoretical knowledge to effectively participate in multidisciplinary partnerships with an emphasis on professional advocacy and assertive leadership practices for positive outcomes.  Graduates will apply knowledge of health care policy formulation with ethical considerations across the comprehensive expanse of health care services.  With an enhanced understanding of the role of technology in healthcare delivery systems, MSN/Leadership in Healthcare System graduates will enhance stakeholders’ competitive edge in a global business environment.  Through the integration of practical nursing skills and theoretical knowledge of design methods, degree recipients will manage financial resources and develop strategic plans that reflect short-term and long-term goals of a constantly evolving healthcare system.

Nurses seeking to serve the profession with this advanced degree should have already completed a BSN from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited BSN nursing program with an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students who do not have a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale must submit an official copy of GRE scores reflecting a total score of 900 or more on the combined verbal and quantitative sections. Applicants must also hold an active U.S. RN license and be able to provide a valid driver’s license or government-issued ID.  To complete the application process, prospective students will be asked to submit a resume, college transcripts with evidence of completion of an undergraduate course in statistics, a physical assessment, three letters of recommendation, and an essay describing the applicant’s professional goals and individual reasons for pursuing the MSN/Leadership in Healthcare Systems degree.

If increased prestige, action-based knowledge, and 21st century leadership acumen are among your professional goals in nursing, the MSN/Leadership in Healthcare Systems degree program is one to explore.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics indicates the there are over half a million facilities providing healthcare in the United States with over  half of all new job openings nationally coming from needs in the healthcare sector.  If you are seeking an opportunity to respond to the dynamic needs of a growing profession and address the unique challenges of current healthcare trends through assertive leadership, then consider the potential personal and professional growth achievable through the pursuit of the MSN/Leadership in Healthcare Systems degree.

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Written by samomulligan

January 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

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