This is the first of four courses specific to the Executive Leader (EL) role. Students focus on the EL role and its contribution to executive practice set the vision for nursing practice in the delivery of safe, timely, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care. Working within a collaborative and interprofessional environment, the nurse in administrative practice is influential in improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction), improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost of health care. Concepts, theories and issues related to nursing administrative leadership are investigated in depth. The AONE Nurse Executive Competencies that identify the common core set of competency domains for health care leadership: communication and relationship management; knowledge of the health care environment; leadership; professionalism; business skills and principles will be discussed. The practicum facilitates role clarification and application of organizational analysis.