The MSN Leadership and Management in Health Systems is intended for RNs holding a bachelor’s degree in nursing. This master’s degree provides advanced coursework in leadership and management to improve care at multiple levels across the continuum of health care settings. The curriculum will provide students with knowledge and skills to improve outcomes in areas of quality processes, cost savings, and patient satisfaction. Core content within the curriculum includes leadership, fiscal management, evaluative methods, information systems, health care policy, communication, and organizational behavior. Didactic and practicum courses will comprise the curriculum. Practicum experiences will be arranged with health care facilities in students’ geographic areas. More information, admission requirements, required application materials and applications can be can be found on the UW-Green Bay Graduate Studies website.
The curriculum consists of 12 graduate-level courses delivered via a part-time model. Students can complete the program in 6 terms over two years taking two courses each term. Alternatively, they can progress taking one class per term and complete the program over four years. (Alternative schedules requiring between 2-4 years are possible. Consult with a Nursing adviser.) Degree completion requirements include 34 credits of coursework including 9 credits of practicum (504 hours). Practicum experiences will be arranged with health care facilities close to students’ homes or work sites. The final practicum includes a master’s professional project identified in collaboration with a health care facility. Master’s projects will be presented in a format suitable for public dissemination (e.g., manuscript for publication). A thesis option is not planned.
With completion of the MSN and sufficient work experience, graduates can take the American Credentialing Center certification exam, Nurse Executive Advanced.
The MSN program goals are to:
- Offer a graduate education degree (MSN) to enable nurses to lead and manage health care systems across health settings.
- Maintain an environment conducive to adult learning.
- Maximize program accessibility by utilizing various course delivery methods, including online or face-to-face.
- Collaborate with the community of interest in advancing the professional leadership and education of nurses.
The MSN Leadership and Management in Health Systems program prepares the graduates to:
- Integrate knowledge of sciences and humanities as a basis for leadership and nursing practice.
- Apply concepts of organizational and systems leadership in decision making in the health care environment.
- Enact a nurse leader role in safety and quality improvement in the health care environment.
- Apply research evidence in nursing leadership and practice to enhance care and improve outcomes of nursing.
- Utilize informatics and health care technologies to enhance care and outcomes of nursing.
- Intervene at the systems level through policy, fiscal management, and advocacy to influence the health care environment.
- Communicate and collaborate as a member and leader of interprofessional teams to optimize health care delivery.
- Analyze the role of nurse leader to reduce health disparities and promote population health.
- Evaluate personal growth as a professional nurse leader.
- Influence health care outcomes through master’s-level nursing practice, cognizant of environmental sustainability.
The MSN Leadership and Management in Health Systems Program Outcomes and curriculum is aligned with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN] Essentials of Masters Education (2011) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives [AONE] Competencies (2005).