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RN to MSN in Nursing | Dr. Laura McKay, Program Director, Nursing

RN to MSN in Nursing | Dr. Laura McKay, Program Director, Nursing

Dr. Laura McKay outlines the five specializations that students can pursue in the RN to MSN in Nursing program at South University.

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My name is Laura McKay. I am the Program Director for Nursing at the College of Nursing and Public Health at South University.

The RN to Master of Science in Nursing program has five specializations: Family nurse practitioner, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, nursing informatics, nurse administrator, and nurse educator. This is a program for nurses that are prepared at the associate's or diploma level who are seeking a master's degree, and at the end of the program, they earn both the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing.

We want our students to be prepared to function in all areas of nursing and to be prepared in their specializations to meet the accreditation requirements and to meet the core outcomes. Those include things like leadership, scholarship, and clinical excellence.

Students who earn the degree, upon graduation, can function in a number of advanced nursing roles. Nurse practitioners are functioning as advanced clinicians. Nurse educators are able to teach at the bachelor's and often at the graduate level. Many of the students go on to pursue a doctorate so that they can teach at the graduate level in nursing. So the RN to MSN program is for that motivated student who has demonstrated academic excellence and wants to go directly into a graduate track.

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Online Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in Nurse Administrator - RN to MSN

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Skilled nurse administrators can transform the care of patients and communities through evidence-based, outcome-oriented nursing leadership, and an unwavering focus on nursing excellence. At South University, the RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Specialization in Nurse Administrator degree program can put you on a path to joining the next generation of nursing leaders.

While earning a master’s with a Specialization in Nurse Administrator, you can develop knowledge and skills needed for designing healthcare systems, making policy and financial decisions, promoting patient safety and quality care, and incorporating contemporary technology, practice, and ethics into healthcare. This online master’s with a Specialization in Nurse Administrator program is ideal for RNs who wish to pursue leadership roles such as a Director of Nursing, or Nurse Manager.

Earn a BSN and MSN in One Streamlined Program

Built for RNs without a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), South University's RN to MSN programs offer an intensive, streamlined way to earn a BSN and MSN in one program, with fewer total classes. Upon completing this particular online Master’s with a Specialization in Nurse Administrator program, you should be prepared to:

  • Apply concepts and theories of organizational management and nursing administration to the design of complex healthcare delivery systems.
  • Incorporate technology, contemporary practice, ethics, and professional standards into the ongoing delivery of healthcare.
  • Integrate concepts of health policy, regulation, and financing to the organization of healthcare delivery, with a focus on parsimonious and responsible use of resources.
  • Lead efforts in designing innovative patient safety and quality improvement efforts and effective evaluation of nursing outcome measures.
  • Employ evidence-based practice in the care of patients with chronic and/or acute illnesses across the lifespan, or in structuring nursing interventions to promote health.
  • Facilitate the professional development and socialization of diverse nurse populations.
  • Function as change agents and leaders in healthcare settings domestically and abroad.
  • Contribute to the development of the science of nursing by engaging in scholarly activities and by promoting the translation of nursing science into patient care outcomes.

Study in a CCNE Accredited Online Master’s Nurse Administrator Program

The RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing and RN to Master of Science in Nursing specializations, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, and the APRN Post Graduate Certificate programs at South University Online are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE).

Combine Online Learning and Hands-On Training

Led by dedicated and responsive faculty, our RN to MSN fully online courses progress from foundational nursing theories to the advanced practice concepts. Rounding out your education, your practicum courses will provide valuable administration experiences in clinical settings—all supervised by supportive and knowledgeable mentors.

Learn more about South University’s RN to MSN program with a Specialization in Nurse Administrator today.

Note: This program is not available to residents of Alabama, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and Washington DC.

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