INTEGRATIVE NURSING LEADERSHIP
ONLINE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
Take your career in nursing leadership to a new level through the Master of Science in Nursing online degree program at Mercyhurst University.
Designed with the working, BSN-educated nurse in mind, the innovative Integrative Nursing Leadership (inLEAD) curriculum at Mercyhurst prepares you for roles as a nursing supervisor or health care administrator.
Drawing from the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, who established Mercyhurst nearly a century ago on the values of compassion, service, respect, and integrity, we strive to educate mindful, merciful, compassionate nurse leaders.
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Advanced Nursing Topics
An Integrative Nursing Approach to Leadership
Without a doubt, the nursing profession, while rewarding, can be stressful. With a Master of Science in Nursing, you will be prepared to help your organization directly address stress for nurses.
In the recent past, health care has focused on treating specific conditions or ailments rather than on the overall well-being of the people seeking care. Similarly, there has been a tendency to overlook the well-being of nurses caring for patients. This model can lead to poor outcomes and experiences for patients, as well as high levels of burnout and low levels of job satisfaction for nurses.
Through the Master of Science in Nursing program at Mercyhurst, you’ll be introduced to an emerging model of care that is person-centered and compassionate — a concept extended to working nurses and not just patients.
For instance, through the master’s in nursing leadership program, you’ll learn various techniques intended to enable self-care and resilience. Techniques such as these will help you to cultivate self-awareness and compassion for yourself and to allow you to extend the same kind of compassion and mercy to others.
Why choose an online Master of Science in Nursing?
With the flexibility of Mercyhurst’s 100% online master’s in nursing leadership, you can gain a competitive edge in the marketplace while maintaining the flexibility you need for your career, family, and other responsibilities. You’ll be prepared to:
- Apply professional reflections, knowledge, skills, and attitudes into purposeful integrative nursing practices to improve health, well-being, and resiliency of self and others.
- Develop communication and nursing leadership skills to advocate for policies that improve public health and the nursing profession.
- Incorporate knowledge of new technologies, outcomes data, and health care economics into fiscally responsible decision-making in the delivery of safe and effective care.
- Utilize translational scholarship to integrate evidence into clinical practice to improve health outcomes of diverse populations across the continuum of care.
- Demonstrate critical decision-making when assessing health care needs and cultivate partnerships to meet these needs in innovative, collaborative, ethical, cost-effective ways.
Master of Science in Nursing Program Overview
- Options: Master’s degree (MSN)
- Location(s): 100 percent online
- Credits: 32
- Duration: Minimum 12 months
- Cost: $425 per credit; $14,025 total
- Deadline: Rolling admissions
- Start term(s): Fall, Spring, or Summer semester
Master of Science in Nursing Financial Aid
While we offer a competitively priced program to help you advance your nursing leadership career, there are options available to help you defray the costs of your master’s in nursing leadership degree. Learn more about available financial aid for graduate programs including:
- Graduate Assistant (GA) positions
- Graduate Employment (GE) positions
- Veteran benefits
- Employer reimbursement
- Federal direct loans
You may also be eligible for corporate partner tuition pricing if you are a nurse employed with the Allegheny Health Network or UPMC. Mercyhurst alumni are also eligible for special tuition for the Master of Science in Nursing program.
Master of Science in Nursing Admissions Requirements
To apply for the Master of Science in Nursing online program, you must have:
- A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree (must be conferred)
- An unencumbered RN license (any state)
- Completed (free) online application
- All official transcripts from accredited higher education institutions
- One recommendation from a supervisor or faculty member
What can you do with a master’s in Integrative Nursing Leadership?
It’s no secret that the job market for health care professionals is growing at a fast pace. Medical and health service management occupations are expected to grow by 32% through 2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, nursing occupations are expected to grow by 7% over the same time period.
Whether you currently occupy a position of leadership in nursing or want to advance your career, a master’s in nursing leadership can help. Upon completing the program, you’ll be prepared to sit for and earn the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential.
Become a better nursing leader.
Complete your Master of Science in Nursing online to help take your career and your organization to the next level.
Submit your online application today for the Master of Science in Integrative Nursing Leadership at Mercyhurst University.
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The 32-credit Integrative Nursing Leadership MSN curriculum is designed with working professionals in mind. All courses are offered online and you’ll complete one course per eight-week Mini (half-semester) term, never taking more than one course at a time—and you’ll earn your MSN in two years! The full-time option is also available, allowing for MSN completion in one year.
The MSN program requires completion of 32 credits. All courses can be completed online.
- NURS 500: Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Care (3 credits)
- NURS 508: Fostering Resilience (3 credits)
- OL 502: Leadership & Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
- NURS 504: Health Concerns of Vulnerable Populations (3 credits)
- NURS 573: Quality, Safety & Value in Health Care (4 credits)
- NURS 600: Transforming Health Care: Information Systems and Technology (3 credits)
- NURS 611: Health Care Finance & Economics (3 credits)
- NURS 506: Nurse as Scholar: Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
- NURS 604: Health Care Policy Analysis & Advocacy (3 credits)
- NURS 677: Integrative Nursing Capstone (4 credits)
NURS 500 Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Care
During this course, the student will be introduced to a model of human caring that includes the arts and humanities as well as science. Watson’s Theory of Human Caring provides a philosophical and ethical foundation for an integrative nurse leader’s professional practice. An exploration of Complexity Science and Systems Theory will further the student’s ability to transform theory into safe, quality nursing practice that improves the health of the public and supports the profession of nursing.
NURS 508 Fostering Resilience
In this course, the student studies various mind-body techniques such as biofeedback and mindfulness and applies them in a program of self-care to foster resilience. An exploration of an individual’s strengths, accomplishments, and what matters most in their life can lead to growth and flourishing. Students will cultivate self-awareness and compassion for oneself allowing for compassion and mercy to be extended to others.
OL 502 Leadership & Organizational Behavior
Successful leadership is a process that takes time, experience, learning and a behavioral disposition toward working with others. This course examines the field of organizational behavior and leadership by studying theoretical models, practical examples, and experiential exercises.
NURS 504 Health Concerns of Vulnerable Populations
This course addresses the healthcare needs of vulnerable populations as they currently exist and as they will evolve in the future. Care for those who are injured, suffering, powerless, and/or dependent, such as the very young and the very old, the chronically ill, racial/ethnic/sexual minority groups, and the disabled, will be the focus of this course. This course lays the groundwork to collaborate successfully with communities and stakeholders in the provision of quality population health and in the promotion and protection of human dignity.
NURS 573 Quality, Safety & Value in Health Care
This course engages the student in the assessment of a health care organization’s culture of safety with the goal of decreasing and preventing inadvertent harm to patients as a result of their care. The student will analyze and interpret patient safety data and present this evidence to support a specific patient safety initiative. A critical appraisal of the evidence and compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements will be conducted during the design of a process improvement initiative. The student completes 30 hours working with a preceptor, under guidance of faculty, on this assessment.
NURS 600 Transforming Health Care: Information Systems and Technology
This course enables students to develop the leadership skills needed to effectively interface between the emerging field of data science technology and interdisciplinary clinical users. During this course, the student will learn to use meaningful data analytics to perform impact evaluations that improve patient outcomes. Advancing patient information security and confidentiality to promote ethical health care decisions will be a central focus.
NURS 611 Health Care Finance & Economics
This course examines economic and financial factors associated with the health care industry. Health care leaders will explore concepts vital to the management of financial resources within the health care industry, such as economics, budgeting, staffing, and various forms of analysis in the ever-evolving landscape of the health care system. Policies that influence the structure and financing of health care, practice, and health outcomes will be examined.
NURS 506 Nurse as Scholar: Evidence-Based Practice
Graduate nursing students build upon previous learning of nursing research and evidence-based practice to develop mastery in critiquing and translating research evidence into practice. With an inquiring attitude toward their practice and care environment, students work with faculty to identify a research question, analyze research findings for evidence-based practice, and disseminate results to advance nursing knowledge.
NURS 604 Health Care Policy Analysis and Advocacy
This course prepares the integrative nurse leader to advance the agenda of the rapidly changing care environment by examination of health policy. Students will focus on policy process and develop and implement policy agendas. They will participate in collective decision-making, identifying roles and key stakeholders. The course will address how to identify gaps in policy knowledge. Nurse leaders will have an opportunity to engage in processes that influence population health. The course will prepare the integrative nurse leader to analyze the policy process and engage in politically competent care.
NURS 677 Integrative Nursing Capstone
In the Integrative Nursing Leadership Capstone immersion, the student spends 60 hours working with a preceptor, under the guidance of faculty, as they further enhance their leadership skills. The student will implement their process improvement safety initiative, started in Quality, Safety & Value in Health Care, and prepare to sit for their Patient Safety Certification Exam. The student also completes, and submits for publication, a faculty-approved manuscript on their chosen patient safety topic.
The 32-credit Integrative Nursing Leadership MSN curriculum is designed with working professionals in mind. All courses are offered online and you’ll complete one course per eight-week Mini (half-semester) term, never taking more than one course at a time—and you’ll earn your MSN in two years!
Fall Semester (Year 1)
Mini 1: NURS 500 Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Care (3 credits)
Mini 2: NURS 504 Health Concerns of Vulnerable Populations (3 credits)
Spring Semester (Year 1)
Mini 3: NURS 506 Nurse as Scholar: Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
Mini 4: NURS 508 Fostering Resilience (3 credits)
Summer Semester (Year 1)
Mini 5: NURS 573 Quality, Safety & Value in Health Care (4 credits)
Fall Semester (Year 2)
Mini 1: NURS 600 Transforming Health Care: Information Systems and Technology (3 credits)
Mini 2: NURS 611 Health Care Finance & Economics (3 credits)
Spring Semester (Year 2)
Mini 3: OL 502 Leadership & Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
Mini 4: NURS 604 Health Care Policy Analysis & Advocacy (3 credits)
Summer Semester (Year 2)
Mini 6: NURS 677 Integrative Nursing Capstone (4 credits)
Department of Nursing Mission
The mission of the Department of Nursing is to consistently prepare knowledgeable, merciful, compassionate, creative, accountable and respectful nurses who embody a passion for excellence, lifelong learning, and true caring for all they encounter. This will be accomplished through a united faculty that will foster consistency, communication, teamwork in decision-making, and use of evidence-based practices in classroom and clinical settings.
MSN Program Philosophy
The Integrative Nursing Leadership graduate program provides a transformative education, preparing intellectually creative, merciful, compassionate, mindful and resilient nurse leaders whose relationship-based practice is informed by the evidence with a focus on the health and wellbeing of caregivers as well as those they serve.
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program has the following program approvals:
- Pennsylvania Department of Education
The Mercyhurst University Master of Nursing Science (delivered via distance education) program holds preaccreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. 800-669-1656. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.
The Mercyhurst UniversityMaster of Nursing Science (delivered via distance education) program is pursuing accreditation from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2500. Interested parties are invited to submit third party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Dr. Teresa Shellenbarger, NLN CNEA Executive Director, no later than April 25, 2022.
Program Completion Rates: 87% (2021)
Employment Rates: 100% (2021)