Specialization in Nursing Administration focuses on the responsibilities the nurse executive must assume in order to administer resources for the provision of nursing care delivery. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and synthesis of advanced concepts from both nursing and business—as well as the systematic investigation of the concepts underlying nursing and leadership roles in changing environments and complex health care organizations. The curriculum provides up-to-date orientation of today’s health care environment and explores the implications of that environment for health care organizations, individual nursing departments, and patient populations. The program of study prepares nurse executives to work effectively in leadership roles within today’s highly specialized and extremely complex health care practice arena. Program Outcomes At the conclusion of the program of study leading to the degree of Master of Science in Nursing, the graduate:
- Synthesizes theory and research from nursing, the biopsychosocial sciences, and the humanities in their advanced practice role to care for members of diverse populations. - Is able to conduct research, collaborate with other researchers from various disciplines, and implement research findings in practice or educational settings. - Is able to assume the advanced practice role of educator, administrator, researcher, or practitioner. - Is prepared to assume a leadership role to influence change in health care practice at local, regional, and national levels. - Articulates and differentiates the various advanced practice roles within nursing. - Has developed an understanding of the importance of maintaining professional development in their advanced practice role. - Actively engages in collaborative relationships as an advanced practice nurse with professionals from various disciplines and members of diverse populations to improve health care. - Has acquired an educational foundation for doctoral study.