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M.S. in Nursing: Leadership in Health Care Systems: Management Focus

Degree Overview

If you’re already a RN with a bachelor's degree, Regis University offers an innovative online and on campus Master of Science in Nursing program designed specifically for working professionals looking to enrich their experience and education with a focus in either education or management.

The Management focus for a Master’s Degree in Nursing includes courses in advanced management principles and practice, financial management and informatics as well as evidence based research, teaching and learning strategies in healthcare, and hands on practicum and service learning experiences. You will complete two practicum experiences which total 210 hours designed to consolidate skills and apply principles in a management environment, working directly with a nursing manager.

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Degree: Graduates are awarded the Master of Science, Nursing with a focus in management.

Certifications: Degree prepares students to sit for the American Organization of Nursing Executive (AONE) Nurse Executive certification exam, and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive and Nurse Executive Advanced certification exam.

Online Option:  Flexible format allows you to log in anytime, day or night as you complete assignments. The majority of classes are offered in 8-week terms allowing you to progress and focus on one or two classes at a time. No campus visits are required for online students, but we encourage you to celebrate your graduation in person!

Campus Option: Classes meet one evening per week from 5:00PM – 9:00PM allowing you to progress toward your MS in Nursing while continuing to work.

Start Dates: Spring (January), Summer (May), Fall (August)

Application Deadline:  Our Graduate Degree in Nursing program has a rolling admission deadline; we accept applications up to the start date of the program. Course size is limited, so it is best to submit applications sooner than later.

Length of Program: The program is seven semesters of full-time study completed in 2.5 years.

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Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 39.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

MS Nursing: Leadership in Health Care Systems-Mgt

Elective

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

Graduate Elective (600-level)

HCE 604 - Ethics for Nurse Leaders

Examines ethical and moral reasoning relevant to professional nursing practice and health care delivery in today's society. Explores philosophical and faith-based foundations, including Catholic moral tradition, socio-cultural influences, professional codes, organizational and personal ethical norms. Ethical issues are examined with emphasis on advanced practice nursing, leadership roles and models of health care delivery. Introduces skills in analyzing ethical dilemmas and evaluating ethical practice using ethical theory, moral argument, and case studies. NOTE: This course was previously titled Ethics and Society.

Cross listing(s): NR 690E NR 604.

NR 600 - Theo Frameworks Leadership Adv Nursing

Examines the historical and philosophical context of knowledge development in nursing in order to provide a sense of professional heritage and identity for emerging nurse leaders. Theories from nursing, related sciences, and leadership are critiqued and evaluated for their usefulness and applicability to nursing roles in practice, research, education, and management. Examines leadership competency in relation to contemporary health care issues and the health care environment. Service learning and its relationship to the Regis mission of Ignation philosophy, social justice, and leadership in service to others is integrated to promote delivery of advanced nursing care to diverse populations. Note: Graduate standing or permission of Program Director required.

NR 602 - Adv Apps of Research for Evidenced-Based

Addresses best practices for evidence-based nursing practice. Quantitative and qualitative research designs and analytical procedures are compared. Methodologies for implementing evidence-based practice are examined and ethics associated with research are appraised.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622;

Cross listing(s): NR 690F.

NR 603 - Informatics

Provides knowledge and skills for nurse leaders to analyze, evaluate, and utilize health care information systems for the delivery of patient care. Students examine clinical, administrative, patient education, and evidence-based practice informatics applications, ethical and legal issues, and the design and implementation of information systems in health care systems. Note: Graduate standing or permission of Program Director required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622;

Cross listing(s): NR 703.

NR 608 - Health Care Policy/ Issues in Practice

Focuses on health policy formation and evaluation. Learning activities will facilitate student?s opportunities to learn about change in the context of public policy and politics. Public health care policy will be examined with emphasis on its relationship and application to advanced practice nursing, leadership roles in management and education, and models of health care delivery. Topics include history, trends, and issues in health care systems; legal issues; legislation and regulation; funding, planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care services to individuals and populations; and accessibility, quality and outcome issues. Advocacy as part of service learning will be explored. NOTE: Graduate standing or permission of Program Director required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622;

Cross listing(s): HCA 408 HSA 608.

NR 609 - Popltn Health & Interprof Collaboration

A didactic and clinical focus on the application of advanced nursing concepts related to the provision of culturally relevant health promotion and clinical prevention interventions in the student's area of clinical specialization. Using epidemiologic data, employs collaborative strategies in the design, coordination, and evaluation of population-based, patient-centered care. Builds upon previous course work in advocacy-focused service learning. Clinical hours(105) required. Note: Graduate standing or permission of Program Director required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622 NR*602 AND NR*608;

NR 614 - Foundtns Financial Mgt for NR Leaders

Prepares students to apply essentials of financial management to nursing leadership roles in health care systems. An overview of health care economics, financial concepts, and budgeting in health care organizations is presented. The use of financial information and economic principles including cost/benefit analysis for strategic planning, decision-making, and the development of a business plan are addressed. Note: Graduate standing or permission of the Program Director required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622;

Cross listing(s): HSA 604.

NR 615 - Advanced Financial Mgt for NR Leaders

Addresses advanced concepts for fiscal management in health care systems by non-business graduate nursing majors. Principles from NR 614 are expanded with advanced applications of financial management, budgeting, variance analysis, forecasting, and productivity management in health care organizations examined. The interpretation of financial information for decision-making and the role of the nurse manager in collaborating for interprofessional financial planning and management for quality outcomes will be addressed. NOTE: Graduate standing or permission of Program Director required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622 AND NR*614;

NR 620 - Health Care Org/Systems Leadership

Enables students to assume a leadership role in evaluating models of health care delivery and organizational systems. Health care organizations will be evaluated based upon organizational theory and research. Quality improvement principles with a focus on patient safety and regulatory requirements are explored in a variety of health care settings. Interpretation and analysis of health care performance data as it relates to improving organizational performance are examined. Principles of informatics and health care technologies are introduced as frameworks for the improvement of outcomes of care. Note: Graduate standing or permission of Program Director required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622;

Cross listing(s): NR 690G.

NR 621 - Advanced Management Principles/Practice

Examines and analyzes advanced concepts of managerial roles and functions in health care organizations. Emphasis on preparing nurse managers with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for evidence based, collaborative nursing, and health care management. Complex aspects of nursing management are addressed including planning and development of a diverse workforce based on current legal and economic requirements and industry trends. Additional concepts addressed include evidenced based management practices, quality and safety strategies, and essential communication principles within collaborative settings. Course content builds on previous course work to develop a professional management philosophy. NOTE: Graduate standing or permission of Program Director required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622 AND NR*614;

NR 623E - Leadership in Hlth Cr Pract: Mgmt Focus

Capstone course. Focuses on the integration and application of major concepts covered throughout the graduate nursing program in preparing students for leadership roles in education environments. Student are guided in preparing for the end of program comprehensive evaluation which is based on Regis University and LHSON program outcomes, NLN Nurse Educator competencies and ANCC Professional Development certification guidelines. Using a combination of seminar and precepted clinical experience, students synthesize and apply previously learned leadership and education principles to a specific education setting and discuss theory practice disjunctions. One hundred five (105) precepted clinical/field hours are required. NOTE: Completion of all Leadership in Health Care Systems emphasis courses or permission of Program Director required.

NR 646 - Tchng/Lrng Strategies in Health Care

Integrates teaching and learning theories for educating individuals and populations in clinical and academic settings. Teaching strategies are grounded in educational theory, assessment of learner needs, and evidence-based teaching practices. This theoretical approach guides the selection and implementation of instructional methods and learning strategies. Explores innovative practices in health care and nursing educational environments. NOTE: Graduate standing or permission of Program Director required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622;

NR 699 - Comprehensive Eval/Master of Science

A comprehensive evaluation of the student's achievement of Regis University and LHSON MS Program outcomes. Students provide a presentation reflecting on the Regis University and LHSON MS Program Outcomes with provision of evidence of this achievement. NOTE: All MS coursework must be completed or student must be in NR 623 to register for this course. Pass/No Pass grading only.

Statistics

Statistics

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Statistics Prerequisite--Required prior to NR 602
(Regis courses that fulfill requirement include
MT 270 OR MT 274)

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org
Commission Phone: 312-263-0456

The Loretto Heights School of Nursing is accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science (MS) programs are accredited through 2019. Additionally, effective October 2012, the DNP program is now fully accredited by AACN-CCNE.

If you would like more information on AACN-CCNE please go to: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation.

Fall 2013-Summer 2014

Tuition (per semester hour) $610
Other Fees
Application Fee $75
Background Check and Drug Screen (external agency fee) $95
Graduation Application Fee $50

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