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Leading the Charge

An MSN in Nursing Administration puts you in command.  Nurse Administrators (NA) take on challenging and varied executive-level roles within healthcare.  Sometimes called the head nurse, today’s NA may work directly with staff and patients, overseeing a high level of care, while also working in a consultative or leadership role in administration.

What Does a Nurse Administrator Do?

Here are just a few of the NA’s duties, depending on many factors:

  • Supervises staff from diverse backgrounds
  • Acts as a liaison between the nursing department and executive administration
  • Recommends policy or structural changes to improve patient care
  • Provides management and guidance for nursing programs within the organization
  • Uses planning and budgeting abilities to maintain inventory, hire staff, and buy equipment

A “No Glass Ceiling” Career Choice

Nurse administrators with ambition, drive, experience and education can go far in this executive career.  Salaries vary by experience, location, and education.  According to the Advance for Nurses 2012 Salary Survey, the average nurse administrator salaries ranged from $83,199 to $98,375.  Experienced nurses who are visionary leaders and strategic thinkers are perfect candidates for ResU’s masters program and NA major.

Program Outcomes and Curriculum Plan for the Nurse Administrator Major

  • Synthesize and apply theories, conceptual models, principles from nursing and other related disciplines to facilitate clinical and administrative decision making.
  • Integrate the use of communication skills, information systems, and technology in relation to nursing administration.
  • Develop collaborative relationships and partnerships that are interdisciplinary to improve the environment in which health care is delivered.
  • Interpret and apply evidenced-based data to assess cohort risk, implement interventional strategies, and evaluate outcomes as part of an interdisciplinary administration team.
  • Develop strategies to achieve quality outcomes in care delivery with respect to patients, fiscal and human resources.
  • Pursue continuous quality improvement through the nurse administrator role.
  • Provide leadership in conceptualization, design, implementation, and evaluation of health care delivery systems across the health care continuum.
  • Create a capstone research project for oral and written presentation on a nursing administration topic.

MSN Core Courses 11 Semester Hours (SH)

NRG 5000 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice (3 SH)
NRG 5002 Health Care Delivery (3 SH)
NRG 5005 Evidence Based Practice (3 SH)
NRG 5905 Scholarly Synthesis (2 SH)

MSN Business Core 12 SH

NRG 5201 Informatics (3 SH)
NRG 5202 Advanced Leadership and Management (3 SH)
NRG 5203 Business Communication (3 SH)
NRG 5204 Economics and Finance (3 SH)

Nurse Administrator Specialty Courses 17 SH

NRG 5501 Human Resources Management (3 SH)
NRG 5502 Strategic Planning & Operational Management (3 SH)
NRG 5503 Quality, Utilization & Outcomes Management (3 SH)
NRG 5505 Nurse Administrator Residency * (8 SH)

* = clinical experiences associated with course Total 40 SH 115

Nurse Administrator Program of Study

Semester 1 – Fall

NRG 5000 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice A Term
NRG 5201 Informatics B Term

Semester 2 – Spring

NRG 5002 Health Care Delivery C Term
NRG 5202 Advanced Leadership and Management D Term

Semester 3 – Fall

NRG 5005 Evidence Based Practice A Term
NRG 5501 Human Resources Management B Term

Semester 4 – Spring

NRG 5503 Quality, Utilization & Outcomes Management C Term
NRG 5203 Business Communication D Term
NRG 5505 Nurse Administrator Residency* (2 SH w/90°) D Term
NRG 5905 Scholarly Synthesis (1 SH) 15 weeks

Semester 5 – Fall

NRG 5502 Strategic Planning & Operational Management A Term
NRG 5204 Economics and Finance B Term
NRG 5505 Nurse Administrator Residency* (2 SH w/120° 15 weeks
NRG 5905 Scholarly Synthesis (1 SH) 15 weeks

Semester 6 – Spring

NRG 5505 Nurse Administrator Residency* (4 SH w/290°) 15 weeks

* = clinical experiences associated with course