Leadership in Health Care Delivery-Administration (MSN)

This program provides nurses with essential skills for effective leadership in the current and ever-evolving health care delivery system. Students complete core courses and coursework related to the following: organizational theory, principles of leadership and management, communication technology, informatics, innovation strategies, and continuous quality improvement/outcomes evaluation. Practicum experiences are tailored to the individual student's specialty focus and career goals. Graduate competencies will include interdisciplinary communication and collaboration; resource management; innovation; community/population-based care delivery; and health care program implementation, coordination, and outcomes evaluation. Graduates possess knowledge and skills to facilitate leadership roles in multiple urban and rural health care settings.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the role of a Nurse Leader?

Nurse leaders influence others toward goal attainment. The role of today's nurse leader includes several fundamental elements including: vision, communication skills, change, stewardship, and developing and renewing followers. Guiding change is a significant aspect of the nurse leader's role. It involves establishing a direction, aligning people through empowerment, and motivating and inspiring them toward producing useful change. Today's nurse leaders must also be skilled in the management roles necessary to succeed in the health care industry. Nurse leaders must fulfill the management functions of planning, budgeting, organizing, staffing, problem solving, and controlling complexity to produce predictability and order.

Who can apply for the Allen College Leadership Program?

Registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited school may apply. (Students who hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing may also apply They will be required to take undergraduate courses in statistics, nursing research and community health prior to enrollment in certain master's level courses in addition to holding an associate's degree in nursing). A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required.

Do Leadership graduates have difficulty finding employment in the community?

No. Employment opportunities for graduates of the Leadership track include positions in nursing management, staff development, quality improvement, nursing informatics, and clinical education. Numerous opportunities for a graduate of the Leadership track exist.

How are my clinical preceptors chosen?

Students in the Leadership track choose preceptors from a variety of settings. Appropriate settings include acute care, long term care, and community settings. Students typically contact a potential preceptor and discuss the objectives of the experience to determine if the setting and work of the potential preceptor are an appropriate fit. Preceptors for Leadership students should have a minimum of a MSN degree. In some instances, a master's degree in another field may be adequate. For instance, a master's in healthcare administration, a master's in business administration, or a master's in public health would also be appropriate.