This program prepares master's level nurses who are skilled in fulfilling leadership and executive roles within the health care system.
The constantly changing nature of the current health care system demands master's level nurses who can serve as leaders for the nursing profession. There is an urgent need for nurse executives who can promote the growth of the profession as well as work to improve the quality and safety of patient care.
The program consists of graduate nursing core courses and executive leadership and change courses that have been combined to provide students with the requisite backgrounds in nursing concepts (theory and research) as well as in leadership and organizational models and theories.
- Students in this program get first-hand experience with participation and completion of a research project. These students work with a faculty chairperson and committee to develop and complete a research project of their own design.
- Professors in this program have a wide range of research and clinical experience in the field of nursing allowing them to direct student learning effectively at the graduate level.
- Daemen faculty is experienced in teaching and gives individualized attention to each student.
- Leadership classes are offered on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings.
- Students develop an experienced based personal model of leadership that provides guidance and support as they advance in their careers.
Upon completion of the Master's Program in Nursing Executive Leadership, the graduate will:
- Exhibit leadership skills in working with staff and colleagues to address the health and illness experiences of clients from a variety of familial-socio-cultural backgrounds.
- Create a leadership environment within a health care agency that enhances each client’s dignity and acknowledges his/her strengths.
- Use applicable research and theory to lead staff and other colleagues to assist clients in changing modifiable risk factors.
- Synthesize information from a variety of disciplines to develop strategies for change for colleagues and staff.
- Work collaboratively with and lead other health care team members to provide care for clients with complex health care needs.
- Direct continuous quality improvement initiatives to enhance care provided in a health care agency.
- Incorporate professional, legal, moral, and ethical standards into practice.
- Critically analyze and synthesize research to determine applicability to practice.
- Develop a research project or thesis applicable to advanced executive nursing leadership.
- Contribute to professional nursing through advanced nursing leadership practice and professional involvement.
- Exhibit change in leadership behavior as evidenced by enhanced self-knowledge, cultural sensitivity, team dynamics, and systems thinking.
- Demonstrate creative and critical thinking skills necessary to effect personal and organizational change.
- Possession of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program or possession of a baccalaureate degree in another discipline. Students possessing a baccalaureate degree in another discipline document their achievement of identified baccalaureate nursing competencies through a process of academic transcript and resume review, and a personal interview with the nursing faculty. Consult the Nursing Department for complete details.
- One year medical-surgical clinical experience (or equivalent).
- Completion of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of C or better.
- Cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above (on a 4.0 scale) from all colleges/universities attended. Applicants with GPAs below 3.25 in undergraduate studies may be admitted on a provisional basis if they submit evidence of the potential to be successful in graduate studies.GPAs below 3.25 in undergraduate studies may be admitted on a provisional basis if they submit evidence of the potential to be successful in graduate studies.
- New York State License and current professional nurse registration (Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program); registered professional nursing license and registration (Nursing Executive Leadership Program, Nursing Education Program).
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Interview with the nursing faculty.
The Nursing Executive Leadership program will award one $2,000 merit-based scholarship every fall. Eligibility criteria for the awards (in order of weight) are:
- New graduate students matriculated on a full time basis in the Nursing Executive Leadership program
- Interview with the Nursing Graduate Program Director or Nursing Department Chair
- Admissions application data:
- GPA from all previous colleges and universities attended
- Letters of reference (3)
- Letter of intent
Students are eligible for funding for the first year of study only. Students receiving full tuition reimbursement from other sources (e.g. employer reimbursement, other grants or scholarships) are not eligible for this scholarship program.
In the event that more than one student in a program equally meets the criteria, the scholarship funds will be split evenly among the qualifying students.
Graduates work as nurse managers at the unit level as well as at the supervisory and executive levels in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, community agencies, home care, subacute and rehabilitation programs.
For more information, or if you would like to visit the Nursing Department to talk with faculty, please call 716-839-8387.