New for Fall:  TAMIU Nursing Masters Focuses on Administration
Posted: 8/15/13

New for Fall: TAMIU Nursing Master’s
Focuses on Administration

A new master’s degree from Texas A&M International University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences will ready graduates for upper-level administration roles within the Nursing profession.  The degree is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The Master of Science in Nursing Administration begins this Fall at the Dr. F. M. Canseco School of Nursing.  Completion is possible in three years with a total of 36 semester hours.

Natalie Burkhalter, Canseco School of Nursing associate professor, said Nursing Administration is a high-demand area with diverse employment opportunities for qualified graduates.

“This master’s degree truly empowers the nurse to make budgets, manage HR functions in healthcare settings and train staff. Graduates can work in labs, hospitals, nursing homes and other medical centers. Annual incomes average over $75,000 with other possible career benefits including bonuses, flexible working hours, and more,” Burkhalter said.

Burkhalter said the Nurse Administrator often manages other nurses within a unit or department, coordinates nursing care of patients and manages resources for patient needs. 

“For example, a Nurse Administrator can regularly assess staff’s delivery of quality assurance standards, plan staffing schedules and budgets and recruit new nurses. In a hospital setting, they frequently liaison with hospital senior management and the nursing team.  They are also keenly involved in policy development with other medical staff and are expected to create policies/protocol to govern the delivery of the expected standard of nursing care.”

The TAMIU MSN-Nursing Administration degree includes theory and clinical hours.  Courses include “Diversity and Social Issues in Health Care,” “Healthcare Law,” “Quality and Outcome Management,” “Healthcare Financial Management” and “Health Care Laws and Ethics,” among others.  Graduates are also required to complete a Capstone Clinical Practicum.

TAMIU’s program is fully accredited by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners and  the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

For information on the MSN in Nursing Administration, contact Burkhalter at 956.326.3110, or email natalie@tamiu.edu

The Canseco School of Nursing also offers an MSN-Nurse Practitioner degree.

Undergraduate degrees include the Basic Nursing Program (BSN) and the RN/BSN Online Program.

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