The MSN – Nursing Administration track, a 34 credit degree which includes 135 hr Role Practicum, prepares students for leadership and managerial positions in healthcare; and may sit for the Advanced Nurse Administrator (NEA-BC) certification of the ANCC upon completion of the program.
As evidenced in a 2010 position statement published by the AACN, hospital administration and nursing leaders are being called upon to lead and “implement specific strategies to retain experienced nurses in the provision of direct patient care, such as:
• Introducing greater flexibility into work environment structure and scheduling programs;
• Rewarding experienced nurses for serving as mentors and/or preceptors for new registered nurses;
• Implementing appropriate salary and benefit programs.”
The AACN also calls for nurses and nurse leaders “to create a partnership environment that advances the practice of nursing by:
- Establishing appropriate management structures within the health care system;
- Ensuring adequate nurse staffing; and
- Providing nurses with sufficient autonomy over their practice in all settings.”
The Ramapo College MSN – Nursing Administration program addresses the needs above through its curriculum and experiences; and offers nurses the knowledge and expertise necessary to achieve the goals of addressing the management of nursing teams, staff, and other duties as outlined by the AACN and hospital leadership in the region.