Have you considered advancing your nursing career by route of a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nurse Executive degree? Whether you are interested in management, teaching or the plethora of leadership roles in between, an MSN Nurse Executive degree can help take you where you want to go. We recently had the opportunity to speak with three graduates from our own MSN Executive specialty track to learn what sets this program apart from the rest.
1. You Learn the Skills Necessary to be an Effective Leader
The MSN Executive specialty track promotes skills and knowledge that nurse leaders can implement immediately, as well as use to plan for and achieve change. Coursework emphasizes the application of theory, using real-world scenarios and tools, and teaches key executive skills such as effectively communicating across disciplines, budgeting, staffing and performance measurement.
“I have been able to implement improved leadership approaches when coaching employees, I have a better understanding of forecasting and budget creation and I have been able to apply evidence-based practice in change management,” says MSN alumna and Ambulatory Cardiology Clinic Manager at Texas Children’s Hospital, Diana Harter.
Fellow Chamberlain alumna and current pre-licensure instructor Jenna Weldon also commented on the impact this program has made on her as a leader. “The Executive specialty track highlighted the importance of transformational leadership. It helped me understand that my success as a leader, instructor or manager is measured by the success of those who I am leading, instructing or managing. The principle of this is so important as I guide nursing students and help them flourish personally and professionally.”
2. You’ll Find This Program is Designed With You in Mind
Between working a full-time job, attending school and often trying to find the time to attend their kids' soccer games or swim lessons, we know our students lead busy lives, which is why our program is designed to fit into working nurses’ lives.
“The program layout with 8-week classes is rewarding for students as it allows you to have a narrow focus for a great education,” shares adjunct professor and MSN alum Colby Hunsberger.
“When I called Chamberlain, I found out that the courses were 8 weeks long and that students were only required to take one course at a time. Given my busy work schedule, I thought that this approach was feasible. I also liked the online approach and appreciated the weekly deadlines,” says Harter.
“This program was manageable with a full-time job as well as being a mom to two young children,” adds Weldon.
3. You’ll Receive the Support You Need to Succeed
At Chamberlain, we work hard to support your success in school and in achieving your career goals. It is that commitment and personalized attention, the "care," that distinguishes us. We call it Chamberlain Care. From customized support plans to live review sessions, Chamberlain faculty are dedicated to helping students succeed.
“I decided to attend Chamberlain based on the excellent background of the professors and the reputation of the school for providing an outstanding education. Chamberlain provides an excellent education with exceptional professors,” shares Hunsberger.
Harter echoes the same sentiments, “The professors are extremely helpful and approachable and were always responsive when I had questions.”
If you’re looking for a program tailored to working adults, where you’ll gain tangible leadership skills in an environment of care we encourage you to learn more about our MSN Executive Specialty Track program.
By Kari Lawrence
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