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CERTIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS


ANCC CERTIFICATIONS
Nurse Executive
(NE-BC)
  • Hold a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a bachelor's or higher degree in nursing.
  • Have held a mid-level administrative or higher position (e.g., nurse manager, supervisor, director, assistant director) OR a faculty position teaching graduate students nursing administration OR a nursing management or executive consultation position, for at least 24 months' full-time equivalent in the last 5 years.
  • Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing administration within the last 3 years. This requirement is waived if you have a master's degree in nursing administration.

Nurse Executive, Advance
(NEA-BC)

  • Hold a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a master's or higher degree in nursing, or hold a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's in another field.
  • Have held an administrative position at the nurse executive level, OR a faculty position teaching graduate students executive-level nursing administration, for at least 24 months' full-time equivalent in the last 5 years.
  • Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing administration within the last 3 years. This requirement is waived if you hold a master's degree in nursing administration.

AONE CERTIFICATIONS
Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)
  • Valid and unrestricted license as a registered nurse; and either a
  • Master's level degree or higher plus two (2) years of experience in an executive nursing role (one of your degrees must be obtained in nursing from an accredited institution) or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) plus four (4) years in an executive nursing role.
Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)
  • Valid and unrestricted license as a registered nurse; and either a
  • Bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree or higher plus two (2) years of experience (minimum of 1,040 hours per year) in a nurse manager role or a non-nursing bachelor's plus three (3) years of experience (minimum of 1,040 hours per year) in a nurse manager role or a diploma or associate degree plus five (5) years of experience (minimum of 1,040 hours per year) in a nurse manager role.

ABOUT ACCREDITATION

There are two national organizations that accredit nursing education programs: The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). While not every nursing school and nursing program is NLNAC or CCNE accredited and a quality nursing education is possible without the mark of distinction, a degree from an institution accredited by one of these organizations ensures that you will be qualified to attend another accredited school of nursing, should you be interested in an advanced degree, for example an RN-to-BSN or Master's degree. Also, some scholarships are only available to students attending accredited nursing programs.

CCNE Accreditation
Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

NLNAC Accreditation
The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs (Clinical Doctorate, Master's Degree, Baccalaureate Degree, Associate Degree, Diploma, and Practical Nursing program). The Commission has authority and accountability for carrying out the responsibilities inherent in the application of standards and criteria, accreditation processes, and the affairs, management, policy-making, and general administration of the NLNAC. The NLNAC is nationally recognized as a specialized accrediting agency for both post-secondary and higher degree programs in nursing education.

Applicant Responsibility
Students are responsible for confirming school and programmatic accreditation and determining whether they will be eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification.

Nurse Executive, Nurse Administrator
Nurse executive and nurse administrator degrees from accredited universities and colleges.

Nurse Executive, Nurse Administrator

Nurse Executive, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Director Overview

Note: ANCC has changed the names of its Certified Nursing Administration exams and credentials to Nurse Executive and Nurse Executive, Advanced.

The nurse in an executive position establishes department directions and strategies, plans programs, and administers budgets to meet the overall institution's or agency's goals. Administrators set and interpret policy and develop structures for operating units. Administrators assume a broad organizational perspective and represent their organization to their constituents, including the community.

Work settings vary from hospitals and nursing homes to public or community health nursing settings, ambulatory care, student health service, nursing schools, or education departments. This career offers great financial reward. According to Salary.com, the median expected salary for a typical Head of Nursing in the U.S. is $181,608.

>> Role of Nurse Executive
>> Nurse Executive Career Outlook
>> Nurse Executive Career Opportunities
>> Nurse Executive Career Preparation
>> Nurse Administration Certifications & Credential

Salary and employment figures are based on a national median and may vary by location.

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Wilkes University Onlineccne accredited

Nurse Executive
Master of Science in Nursing

Nurse educators who can effectively teach and nurture the next generation of healthcare practitioners are always in high demand. Emphasizing academic theory, effective assessment measures, and evidence-based research, Wilkes University's fully online Nursing Education master's degree program will fully prepare you to be a highly qualified nurse educator that can both teach and lead your fellow nurses.

The traditional Nursing Education MSN takes just 26 months to complete. We also offer an accelerated option that allows qualified and accepted students to take concurrent courses so they can earn their MSN degree in less than 20 months, entirely online. A final scholarly review course allows students to synthesize and review issues relevant to the Nursing Education concentration and prepares graduates to take the Certified Nurse Educator Examination.

Nurse Executive (RN to MSN)
Master of Science in Nursing

Wilkes University's RN to MSN program accelerates the path to an advanced nursing degree and can be completed fully online. This program is designed for the experienced, practicing, registered nurse who plans to continue nursing studies through the master's level and does not hold a baccalaureate degree.

The traditional Nurse Executive MSN takes just 26 months to complete. We also offer an accelerated option that enables qualified and accepted students to take concurrent courses and earn their MSN degree in less than 20 months, entirely online. Students in this program will learn how to apply evidence-based practice and become organizational leaders that can redesign and improve health care delivery systems. A final scholarly review course allows students to synthesize issues relevant to the Nurse Executive concentration and prepares graduates to take the national certification exam leading to Nurse Executive Board Certification.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and post graduate APRN certificate programs at Wilkes University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).

Western Governors University Onlineccne accredited

Leadership and Management
Master of Science in Nursing

The M.S. in Nursing—Leadership and Management (BSN to MSN) is designed for RNs with BSNs who are seeking a master’s degree to become effective leaders and managers in a variety of nursing settings. This challenging program incorporates competencies that are consistent with the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) standards for nurse administrators. Along with the rigorous online curriculum, this program requires completion of a 40-hour practicum in nursing management.

Note: Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), an unencumbered RN license, and currently be working in a healthcare-related field.

Leadership and Management (RN to MSN)
Master of Science in Nursing

The M.S. in Nursing—Leadership and Management (RN to MSN Option) is designed for RNs with associate’s degrees or diplomas in nursing who are seeking to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree to become leaders and managers of nurses. This challenging program incorporates competencies that are consistent with the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) standards for nurse administrators. You will complete bachelor’s degree coursework and earn your master’s degree. Along with the rigorous online curriculum, this program requires completion of a 40-hour practicum in nursing management.

Note: Applicants must hold an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing, an unencumbered RN license, and currently be working in a healthcare-related field.

The bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).

Sacred Heart University Onlineccne accredited

Clinical Nurse Leader
Master of Science in Nursing

The Clinical Nurse Leader specialization focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to fulfill this new and evolving role, such as evaluating patient outcomes, assessing risk, and coordinating with other health care professionals to ensure high quality care. The program prepares students to sit for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing CNL Certificate Exam. Even those students who are not interested in the CNL position can benefit from the integrated knowledge offered in this specialization.

Note: This program does not accept applicants from certain States. Please confirm with the school on availability.

Nursing Management and Executive Leadership
Master of Science in Nursing

Sacred Heart's Nursing Management & Executive Leadership specialization is targeted toward those students who wish to move into positions of administrative responsibility in health care organizations. The role of leadership in organizing and delivering high quality health care is more important today than ever before. Students will learn the role competencies essential for today’s nursing leader.

The curriculum which includes 120 clinical practicum hours with an identified preceptor in the community focuses on the integration of information management, healthcare delivery systems, financial resources, research and ethics, human resource management, the quality improvement process, strategic planning, workforce development, and transformational leadership. Motivating others, creating a positive environment, building trust, and positive and influential communication are just a few select skills that will be covered in the specialty courses.

Note: This program does not accept applicants from certain States. Please confirm with the school on availability.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

ccne accreditedSaint Xavier University Online

Saint Xavier is ranked #1 amongst Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report, 2017.

Clinical Leadership
Master of Science in Nursing

Coursework in the MSN in Clinical Leadership program emphasizes clinical expertise in pathophysiology, pharmacology and health assessment. Applied research, epidemiology and population-based health are also examined. The advanced expertise you’ll gain in this nursing master’s degree program is applicable to all clinical settings.

The Clinical Leadership track stands out by combining advanced clinical nursing knowledge with leadership tools and evidence-based practice. In the area of clinical nurse leadership, improving patient care on an individual, department-wide and continuous basis is a key goal. Courses provide you with the advanced knowledge you need to take a leading role in analyzing, implementing and evaluating patient care plans, as well as the processes that support care delivery and patient safety.

Saint Xavier's bachelor and master's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. The School of Nursing holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing (IACN), and the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Indiana Wesleyan University Onlineccne accredited

Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Indiana Wesleyan University’s School of Nursing prepares the student to serve in a variety of settings, from the most prestigious hospitals to meeting the vital needs of the global community. The curricula ascribes to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s, The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing and the competencies prescribed by the respective professional specialty organizations. Students will be educated as sound fiscal and personnel managers who are effective stewards of health care resources. Coursework and practicum components address organizational behavior, human resources, finance, and role development. Participants will be prepared to assume leadership roles within a variety of health care settings. Graduates are eligible to apply for certification by the appropriate credentialing body.

Nursing Administration (ASN to MSN)
Master of Science in Nursing

The ASN-MSN program builds upon the students’ prior educational and professional experiences through adult learning modalities. When applying for the ASN-MSN program, the student may choose between the Nursing Administration major and the Nursing Education major of the Master of Science in Nursing program. The curriculum aligns with the mission of Indiana Wesleyan University and embraces a global perspective of healthcare. Bachelor level courses deliver upper level nursing education content as prescribed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. The Essentials content serves as the foundation for successful completion of the graduate level nursing coursework. 

The pace of this fully online program is rapid and students are encouraged to make learning and professional growth their aim. While academically rigorous, the ASN-MSN program provides the opportunity for seamless progression from the associate to the master degree level, in accordance with the Academy recommendations. 

Practicum hours are included in graduate level coursework. A global travel option is available during the program. Upon completion of the ASN-MSN program, graduates will be eligible for certification in their respective major specialty.

Master of Business Administration and
Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Indiana Wesleyan University’s School of Nursing prepares the student to serve in a variety of settings, from the most prestigious hospitals to the vital needs of the mission field. The curricula ascribes to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s, The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing and the competencies prescribed by the respective professional specialty organizations. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for certification by the appropriate specialty credentialing body.

This dual degree program of Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration is designed to prepare the learner to meet the worldwide need for knowledgeable, principle-centered nurse administrators. The MSN/MBA program prepares students as fiscally and ethically sound nurse leaders and emphasizes the integration and application of knowledge to the qualitative and quantitative skills required of today’s health care nurse administrators.

Nursing Administration (Post-MBA)
Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Indiana Wesleyan University’s School of Nursing prepares the student to serve in a variety of settings, from the most prestigious hospitals to the vital needs of the mission field. The curricula ascribes to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s, The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing and the competencies prescribed by the respective professional specialty organizations. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for certification by the appropriate specialty credentialing body.

For the student who has completed an MBA degree this program provides an accelerated opportunity to complete the MSN. The Nursing Administration major is designed to develop sound fiscal and personnel managers who are effective stewards of health care resources. It includes a practicum component as well as courses in organizational behavior, finance and role development. Graduates will be prepared to assume leadership roles within a variety of health care settings.

The programs of the Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). A successful reaccreditation visit was held in November 2009. Memberships are held in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).All nursing programs meet the state regulations where offered.

Nurse Executive, Nurse Administrator
Nurse executive and nurse administrator degrees from accredited universities and colleges.

Nurse Executive, Nurse Administrator

Nurse Executive, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Director Overview

The nurse in an executive position establishes department directions and strategies, plans programs, and administers budgets to meet the overall institution's or agency's goals. Administrators set and interpret policy and develop structures for operating units. Administrators assume a broad organizational perspective and represent their organization to their constituents, including the community.

Work settings vary from hospitals and nursing homes to public or community health nursing settings, ambulatory care, student health service, nursing schools, or education departments. This career offers great financial reward. According to Salary.com, the median expected salary for a typical Head of Nursing in the U.S. is $181,608.

Role of Nurse Executive

The role of nurses in executive practice has evolved from a focus on nursing services to a broader accountability for patient care services across the healthcare continuum. This expansion of role responsibilities positions nurse executives as members of the senior leadership team. Major themes in all dimensions of this role are collaboration, coaching, mentoring, diversity, co-creating, communicating and coordinating outcomes management, and enabling the spirit of the community.

The key roles of nurse executives include facilitating the design of patient care delivery; advancing the discipline of nursing; building relationships and connections with staff and colleagues; and fostering stewardship. Specifically, nurse executives demonstrate leadership in the following ways:

  • Serve as role models in exemplifying the mission and vision of their organization;
  • Value diversity and promote cultural competence;
  • Serve as effective communicators and architects of change;
  • Encourage creativity and innovation from staff;
  • Serve as educators and provide learning and growth opportunities for staff;
  • Understand and promote quality improvement and systems-thinking
  • Maintain knowledge of the field through continuing education, attendance and membership at regional or national nursing association meetings;
  • Serve as team players and team leaders; and
  • Demonstrate financial accountability.

Nurse Executive Career Outlook and Salary Potential

Over the years, the role of nurse executives has expanded from nursing services to more responsibilities for overall patient services. This evolution in the healthcare industry has increased career prospects for nurse executives. Many healthcare systems and nursing schools are seeking people with advanced nursing skills to fill leadership roles. Anyone who pursues a career path as a nurse executive will have a number of advancement opportunities.

Salaries vary as in other careers. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics states that medical and health service managers, which includes nurse administrator, earned median salary of $84,270 in 2010. Payscale.com notes the median national salary range for nurse administrators is $62,819 to $139,447.

Nurse Executive Career Opportunities

There are a number of job titles for nurse executives. Positions are typically determined by the scope of functions within an organization. Regardless of the job title, nurse executives are considered key personnel in healthcare management. Their management qualifications, administrative skills and knowledge of medicine make nurse executives a valuable asset to senior management teams. Insurance providers and other affiliated healthcare industries are expanding their executive teams to include nurse executives. As with other managerial fields, nurse administrators and managers can advance in their careers to middle management to as high as C-suite levels as Chief Nursing Office (CNO).

• Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) • Chief Nurse Executive
• Chief Clinical Officer • Director (Nursing, Professional Practice, Emergency Service)
• VP of Patient Care Services • VP of Nursing
• Public Health Strategist • Nurse Manager or Consultant
• Faculty Member

Nurse Executive Career Preparation

Education and experience are the basic requirements. Although a BSN is the minimum required education, most nurse executives hold a Master's degree and/or a doctorate degree. The degrees can be in nursing, business administration, and hospital administration. Some schools even offer a dual degree MSN/MBA program. Academic programs combined with work experience can help to develop strong leadership and management skills. Critical thinking, decision-making and communication skills are also essential to fulfill the role of a nurse executive.

Nurse Administration Certifications and Credential

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers the Nurse Executive (NE-BC) and Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC) Certifications. American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) offers the Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) and Certified in Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) credentials. Not all nursing leadership and executive jobs will require applicants to have one of these credentials. However, these certifications can offer added credibility and improved competitiveness in the job market. Most job applicants who qualify for Nurse Executives jobs will likely have the education and experience to fulfill the eligibility requirements for one or more of these credentials. >> See Requirements for Nursing Certifications

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