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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. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by samomulligan

January 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Is Nursing Management a Good Career for a Nurse

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traditional-nurseMore and more staff nurses are choosing to pursue a career in nurse management and administration.  Nurse Managers tend to enjoy a less frenetic schedule and are seen as motivating and responsible leaders and role models among their staff. This is a challenging and often stress-filled career, but for the right person, the professional and financial rewards are great.

Job Description

A nurse manager oversees and supervises health care operations in hospitals, nursing homes, community health care facilities and more.  This position requires the supervision of nursing staff and financial resources to ensure the delivery of safe, cost effective nursing care.  Nursing managers monitor the quality, clinical standards and professional development of their nursing staff.

Other duties associated with nurse management may include:

  • Recruitment of staff and human resource management
  • Preparation and management of budgets
  • Development and implementation of nursing policies and objectives as they pertain to staff, units and community groups
  • Controlling, evaluating and monitoring staff performance
  • Performing studies and research to assess the effectiveness of his/her unit’s nursing services as they relate to policies, objectives and financial resources
  • Developing relationships with community agencies and other health and education providers

Becoming a Nurse Manager

For individuals wanting to advance in the nursing profession, nurse management is a good option.  Most RNs start as staff nurses in a hospital, but may opt to move into a leadership position.  Solid experience and good performance evaluations can launch you into an administrative role that allows you to lead others and be part of a facility’s decision-making process. If you have excellent communication and negotiation skills, sound judgment and leadership abilities, nursing management is a career worth exploring.

In nurse management, there are several ways to advance.  You can go from an assistant unit manager or head nurse to a more senior-level roles like assistant director, director, vice-president or even chief of nursing.  As the job prospects grow for this field, hospitals are requiring advanced degrees or health services administration.



Almost all nurse manager positions will require at least a BSN, and most will prefer that you have your MS in Nursing Administration.  Coursework and areas of study will cover the concepts and skills of management and administration, financial management, conflict resolution, effective communication and leadership skills and health policy development, and how to cultivate a leadership relationship with your staff.

Salary and Job Prospects

Salaries for nurse managers typically range from around $50,000 to more than $100,000, depending on your experience, training, and education.  Job prospects for nurse managers are very strong and the field is expected to grow significantly in the next five to ten years.

Nursing management is a excellent career path to consider if you are interested in doing something non-clinical and less intensely-paced, but still based at a hospital.

As with any other career, nursing management can be both challenging and rewarding.  Nursing management may not be for everyone, but it might be for you!  This specialized field requires unique skills and knowledge for in order to be successful and effective. If you have the right education and experience combined with excellent leadership skills and communication abilities, you may perfect for this career path.

Written by samomulligan

December 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm

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Advanced Nursing Education Options

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Many nurses graduate from a two-year program and become licensed Registered Nurses (RNs).  However, if a nurse wants to further their education there are opportunities available to RNs that can enhance both their job performance and career advancement.

There are currently many RN to BSN programs available to nurses who are graduates of associate or diploma programs.  These programs give credit for time and experience that has been gained through work or school.  Since most RNs chose to continue working while returning to school, many programs offer flexible class schedules, multiple start dates, and online courses.  There are many online RN to BSN degree programs available which create a credible path to completing a degree.

Earning a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree can prepare someone for a specialization, a management position, or a teaching position.  It can also prepare a student who is interested in pursuing their education to a doctorate level.  Most people interested in this degree already have a BSN, but there are accelerated programs for RNs to not only gain their BSN in conjunction with their MSN degree.  This type of degree helps to alleviate any overlap that would occur in the two degrees and streamlines the learning process.

When applying for a MSN some nurses may choose to take a route that has more of an administration emphasis.  Most MSN degrees are for BSN-trained registered nurses that want to move into management, leadership, and policy implementation.  This degree can teach a student how to make ethical decisions in health policy, use technology to bring competitive healthcare options to an institution, and contribute to healthcare policy so that it impacts the clinical environment positively.  Graduates can offer someone an in-depth understanding of patient care management as well as adequately be prepared to become Board Certified as a Nurse Executive.

If a student is interested in becoming a leader in the healthcare field through mentoring students and teaching classes then it may be worthwhile to investigate a MSN in Education degree.  While completing a degree in this field students learn to create effective teaching and evaluation tools as well as understanding the process of learning from infancy to adulthood.  Graduates from this program can be eligible to be Board Certified in Nursing Professional Development.  An MSN graduate is be able to create extensive career opportunities not only in the healthcare field, but in academia as well.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), job opportunities in both of these fields are expected to grow by 15% by 2018 which is a faster than average rate compared to other jobs.  Currently, MSN degrees are offered on line are from accredited universities to make it easier for nurses to maintain a career while going back to school.  Choosing to complete an online MSN degree doesn’t mean a student has to sacrifice quality professors – experienced nurses with doctoral degrees teach most classes at this level.  When using online learning there are more opportunities available that include going to a university out of state without moving.

Current RN nurses with two or four year degrees can enhance their job performance and career options by continuing their education.  Online degrees make it easy to go at a pace that fits the needs of a busy life-style, complete schoolwork during off hours, and may cost less than campus-based programs.M

Many online nursing degrees are tailored to meet the needs of working students in this profession.  Completing a higher degree makes it possible to enter into a higher position, make a career change, or earn more income at a current position.

Written by samomulligan

November 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm