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MSN in Executive Leadership Careers

Nurse leaders with executive administrative skills are in demand due to the fast pace of health care today and the need for skilled supervisors that can take charge and spark change. The online Executive Leadership MSN from Saint Xavier develops your ability to support systematic and procedural improvements in patient care for better outcomes, lower costs and improved safety.

Executive nursing leadership can be a rewarding stage of your career. The American Organization of Nursing Leadership (AONL) commissioned a salary and compensation study as part of its mission to promote and support advance nursing practice and leadership. The study, released in 2016, found that overall job satisfaction among nurse leaders is very high. On a scale of 1 to 5, 81 percent of nurse leaders in a recent survey rated their job satisfaction either 5 (“very satisfied”) or 4 (“somewhat satisfied”). Half of the respondents reported a nurse administrator salary between $90,000 and $149,999.1

Coursework in this program will empower you to pursue executive nursing administration careers in a wide range of healthcare settings, which can be anywhere that requires the combination of advanced nursing expertise and business and organizational skills. These include:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician offices
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Schools
  • Hospices

Some of the nurse administrator jobs that might be available to you as a Nurse Executive Leader include:

  • Nurse Manager
  • Unit Director
  • Director of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Nurse Executive Director
  • Chief Nursing Executive

Learn Leadership at a Center of Excellence

In 2018, the National League for Nursing (NLN) re-designated the School of Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education, only one of 40 schools in the U.S. to receive this distinction and the only school in Illinois.

Become a Recognized Executive Nurse Leader

Lead the charge toward systematic improvement of patient care through efficient administration and management. Find out about the exciting professional opportunities available to you with a Master of Science in Nursing in Executive Leadership. Call us at 866-319-8966 or request more information today.

1Salary and Compensation Study for Nurse Leaders (executive summary 2016), American Organization of Nurse Executives, available at