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 Leadership and Innovation 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.
- Daemen is ranked among the top 50 nursing schools in the Mid-Atlantic region, placing it in the top 10 percent of all institutions considered for the national list released by NursingSchoolsAlmanac.com.
- 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 and leadership 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.
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Upon completion of the Master's Program in Nursing Executive Leadership, the graduate will:
- Possession of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a ACEN or CCNE accredited program.
- 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.
- Current registered professional nursing license.
- Current resume.
- Letters of intent or letters of recommendation may be submitted to strengthen application.
- 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 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.
- 77.8% based on 150% benchmark for program completion (9 semesters part-time)
- 100% of graduating MS, NExL students believe the program has prepared them well to very well. *
*Data are for students who completed the program during the 2018-2019 academic year.
For more information, or if you would like to visit the Nursing Department to talk with faculty, please call 716-839-8387.