As the health care industry grows and nurses play an increasingly critical role in health care delivery, the need for qualified nursing administrators who may balance competing demands of growing patient needs, tight budgets, and staffing difficulties should increase. Nurse administrators may generally have a background in nursing combined with a graduate degree from a nurse administrator school.
Nurses interested in nursing administration careers may typically seek advanced degrees at the master's or doctorate level from nursing schools. Some nurses may choose to pursue a degree in business administration or health administration, while others may hold dual degrees in these fields along with an advanced nursing degree.
Nursing administration majors are found within schools of nursing affiliated with colleges and universities at the graduate level. These programs may typically be of two years in length for master's degrees and three years or more for doctorate degrees. Course work may includes:
Internship experiences give nursing administration students practical experience in health care management sites to gain exposure to real life managerial dilemmas.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care management career opportunities are expected to grow at faster than average rates, with a good employment outlook and a strong median annual salary at $81,850. Job prospects for nursing administration careers should follow a similar trajectory, with excellent opportunities for nurses with specific experience and education in supervisory and administrative roles.
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