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Nurse Executive


Nurse Executives help carry out the mission of their healthcare organization. To do this, these nurses effectively communicate with their teams, encourage creativity and demonstrate financial responsibility. They also provide continuing education courses for their staff and encourage them to join national nursing organizations. As a Nurse Executive, you’ll have the opportunity to shape the healthcare policies at your organization or facility, and help your nursing staff provide the best patient care possible.

Things You'll Do:

  • Design and manage patient care
  • Develop procedures and policies for your organization
  • Create healthcare facility budgets

Your job characteristics:

  • Fast-paced
  • Multifaceted
  • Behind-the-scenes
  • Managerial

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Take business classes, or consider a double major, or minor, in business.
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • Work as a Registered Nurse, getting experience to see what problems, exist in nursing, that need solutions.
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  • Get Your
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Masters in Healthcare or Business Administration (MHA/MBA)
  • It’s a good idea to get experience working in an executive role in healthcare, before applying for certification.
  • Pass Your
    Executive nursing certification exam through the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Become a
    Certified Nurse Executive

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Healthcare organizations
    • Home health agencies

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $49K - $67K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • Your certification exam will cover clinical and administrative topics, assessing your understanding of human resources, staffing, performance improvement, financial management, technology and strategic planning.

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