Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
Lead the Nursing Industry
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems prepares nurses for leadership roles in today's rapidly changing healthcare delivery systems. The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions offers this program for BSN-prepared registered nurses who want to advance their career and move into a management role. Coursework is conveniently offered online and in evening teaching formats.
The master's in nursing leadership consists of graduate nursing core courses. You gain the knowledge, values, and skills needed for advanced generalist practice in an evolving healthcare system. The program focuses on the critical analysis of nursing and healthcare research as well as ethics, management, policy, and finance in healthcare.
This master's in nursing leadership program includes both a practicum and a capstone class. The practicum promotes the application of knowledge and skills learned in earlier courses in the curriculum. The MSN leadership program concludes with an evidence-based capstone project that addresses a challenge in professional practice. You identify the issue, research it, develop a plan to improve the issue and implement the solution. The issue or gap should be relevant to nursing leadership.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at G.C.U. are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (C.C.N.E.). Select states may have additional requirements to meet their standards; reference your enrollment agreement or contact G.C.U. for more information.
Advance Your Skills as a Nurse Leader
The master's in nursing leadership develops bachelors-prepared nurses to effectively lead people and manage resources to achieve organizational goals. You have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare environment; the communication and interpersonal skills necessary to maintain ethical and professional standards; and business skills to manage healthcare quality and reducing cost.
The leadership portion of the MSN degree program provides an overview of leadership styles, how organizations function and emphasizing the communication skills required to establish and maintain effective relationships. Leadership topics include servant leadership and business leadership models and theories.
What You Will Learn
Focus on Nursing Management
Among the topics you examine are:
- Critical analysis of research related to healthcare and nursing, and how it applies to education, practice, and delivery of care
- Business and leadership models examined from a variety of viewpoints, with special attention paid to improving leadership in healthcare organizations
- Supervised practicum to apply knowledge from coursework in real-life nursing settings
- The behavioral forces that influence organizational effectiveness and change
Prepare to Direct Nursing Services
Graduates of the masters in nursing leadership program may seek positions such as a charge nurse, director of nursing, chief nursing officer or a vice president of nursing services. With a focus on nursing leadership in healthcare systems, this program prepares you to lead and manage a team of healthcare providers, specifically including areas of managing a budget, staffing challenges and constraints, conflict resolution and change management.
Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. G.C.U. offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.
Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.