Chief Nursing Executive Certificate

Step up to nursing leadership

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5 months, online
3-5 hours per week

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Elevate Your Nursing Leadership

As a nurse, you are more than just a caregiver, an educator, and a patient advocate. You are the eyes and ears of your healthcare organization, making a critical impact on enterprise-level decisions. Consequently, the need for nurse leadership has soared to an all-time high, driven by a host of complex challenges, including a shortage of nurses, a rise in chronic disease, and an aging baby boomer population.

The Chief Nursing Executive Certificate program from Emory Executive Education is designed and led by Emory’s foremost thought leaders in business and nursing leadership. Dane Peterson, former president and chief operating officer; Bob Dent, vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer; Trina Geyer, director of nursing leadership and development; and other Emory Healthcare leaders bring their vast experience and expertise in nursing leadership, healthcare and business management, patient care, and finance to the program. The five-month immersive curriculum is focused on providing the frameworks, skills, and experience you need to develop innovative healthcare delivery models and create a strategic vision to lead your team of nurses and your organization through any healthcare challenge.

Who Is This Program For?

The Chief Nursing Executive Certificate program is ideal for you if you are:

  • A current or new nurse executive who is seeking to enhance your business acumen and nursing skill set
  • An aspiring nurse executive who will soon take on leadership challenges in your healthcare organization
  • A senior nursing leader looking to acquire new skills and expand your influence as you move toward an executive-level position
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"Complexity in healthcare is uncertain. Change is inevitable. Leading change in complex healthcare situations and settings, during rapidly successive crises, requires intentional leader development and organizational commitment to advance evidence, abilities, ethical care, resilience, and innovation. The Chief Nursing Executive Certificate program from Emory Executive Education offers current and aspiring nurse executives the space to learn, reimagine, and grow through volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous healthcare times. Join us!"

— Trina Geyer, PhD, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, Co-Director, Chief Nursing Executive Certificate; Director of Nursing Leadership and Development, Emory Healthcare

What You Will Learn in the Program

The program will help you:

  • Understand the forces of change impacting today’s healthcare organizations, the specific needs of organizations, and the chief nursing executive’s role in driving transformation
  • Sharpen your communication, conflict management, and influencing skills
  • Strengthen your decision making and better manage people, teams, and conflicts in your role
  • Develop strategies to guide yourself and your team of nurses and manage team performance
  • Identify your organization's strategic placement of incentives to better motivate people and teams, manage key drivers of healthcare spending, and improve patient care
  • Learn to manage clinical operations, liaising between the nursing, administration, and medical staff while ensuring that patients receive the highest standard of care
  • Evaluate your organization’s current tools and methods for assessing well-being and create a well-being initiative to propose to your organization
  • Acquire skills that are instrumental to navigating the complexities of healthcare and emerge as a leader who can mobilize teams to effect patient and organizational change
  • Gain new perspectives, skills, and tools to play a more strategic role in decision making, change initiatives, and the future success of your organization

Program Highlights

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Cutting-Edge Content

Immerse yourself in an in-depth curriculum that is designed to equip nurses with the skills of the future, including leadership, personnel management, and finance.

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Focused Learning Journey

Participate in a highly focused learning journey that examines leadership through the lens of nursing.

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Real-World Applicability

Leverage evidence-based frameworks and the real-world expertise of Emory nursing and business leaders to create innovative solutions for the challenges you face at work.

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Immediate Impact

Apply your learning in real time as you develop effective strategies to navigate the complex healthcare landscape in a capstone project.

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Networking Opportunities

Join an active learning community of today’s nursing leaders and discover how your peers are making an impact on the health of their patients and the success of their organizations.

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Certificate of Completion

Earn a cutting-edge certificate that provides a unique combination of practical experience in leadership, business, and finance, complementing advanced nursing degrees, such as the MSN or DNP.

A Practical, Customized Curriculum

The program’s curriculum is structured around four overarching areas of nursing leadership that are designed to elevate your success as a chief nursing executive: business; finance; building and leading teams; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. You will learn the skills needed to navigate the current complexities of healthcare and emerge as an effective leader who can drive positive change for patients and healthcare organization.

    Being a successful nurse leader requires understanding the complexities of today’s healthcare landscape from both a patient and an organizational perspective. It also requires developing strategies that balance cost, access, and quality. Learn how to assess any healthcare climate and adjust your organization’s strategic plan to improve patient health and access to care.

    • Competing Priorities in Healthcare
    • Social Determinants of Health
    • Organizational Design
    • Health Economics 
    • Watch the Money Flow
    • Finance for the Non-Financial Manager
    • Influence without Authority
    • Strategic Thinking and Execution for Nurse Leaders
    • Leading Your Organization's Culture
    • Leading Your Organizational Change Well
    • Talent Management
    • Teams and Teamwork
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    • Measuring Organizational Performance
    • Measuring and Rewarding Individual Performance
    • Resolving Conflict and Negotiation as a Nurse Leader
    • Executive Presence/Professional Communication
    • Population Health
    • Wellness and Well-Being

Note: : Session topics and the order of the modules are subject to change.

Capstone Project

As a key part of the program, you will address a real-world business challenge you might encounter in the role of a chief nursing executive. Drawing on core concepts, you will demonstrate your ability to help improve patient care, ensure the well-being of your nursing team, and guide executive-level decision-making within your organization. You will come away with a series of application examples that you can reference and refine as you advance in your leadership career.

Meet the Faculty

This program is designed and taught by thought leaders who bring to the curriculum cutting-edge scholarship, extensive experience in the healthcare industry, and rich insights into the skills and frameworks needed to be a successful chief nursing executive. Industry experts and guest speakers also share their knowledge of best practices in nursing leadership and healthcare management.

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Trina Geyer, PhD, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC

Co-Director, Chief Nursing Executive Certificate; Director of Nursing Leadership and Development, Emory Healthcare

Faculty Member Michael Sacks

Michael Sacks

Co-Director, Chief Nursing Executive Certificate; Professor in the Practice of Organization and Management, Emory Goizueta Business School; Faculty Director, Woodruff Leadership Academy, Emory Woodruff Health Sciences Center

Faculty Member Lynda Barrett

Lynda Barrett

Associate Vice President, Strategic Planning, Woodruff Health Sciences Center; Vice President, Strategic Planning, Emory Healthcare

Faculty Member Tim Cunningham, RN, DrPH, MSN, FAAN

Tim Cunningham, RN, DrPH, MSN, FAAN

Co-Chief Well-Being Officer, Office of Well-Being; Vice President of Practice and Innovation, Emory Healthcare; Adjunct Associate Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Faculty Member Bob Dent, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN, FAOL

Bob Dent, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN, FAOL

Vice President, Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Emory Decatur Hospital, Emory Long-Term Acute Care

Faculty Member Ildemaro J. González, MBA

Ildemaro J. González, MBA

Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Emory Healthcare, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University

Faculty Member Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH, FACEP

Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH, FACEP

Associate Dean for Community, Engagement, Equity, and Inclusion/Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer; Professor and Vice-Chair of Faculty Equity, Engagement, and Empowerment, Department of Emergency Medicine; Associate Director for Education and Training, Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (IPRCE), Emory University School of Medicine

Faculty Member Brad Haws

Brad Haws

Chief Financial Officer, Emory Healthcare

Faculty Member Rod McCowan, PhD

Rod McCowan, PhD

Associate Professor in the Practice of Organization and Management, Emory Goizueta Business School

Faculty Member Rebecca Martin, PhD

Rebecca Martin, PhD

Vice President for Global Health; Director, Emory Global Health Institute

Faculty Member Rachel Patzer, PhD

Rachel Patzer, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer, Regenstrief Institute Inc.

Faculty Member Dane Peterson, MBA

Dane Peterson, MBA

Former President and Chief Operating Officer, Emory Healthcare

Faculty Member Molly Ryan Epstein, PhD

Molly Ryan Epstein, PhD

Professor in the Practice of Organization and Management, Emory Goizueta Business School

Faculty Member Chad Ritenour, MD

Chad Ritenour, MD

Co-Chief Well-Being Officer, Office of Well-Being; Professor of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine; Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Affairs, Department of Urology

Faculty Member Karen Sedatole, PhD

Karen Sedatole, PhD

Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Accounting, Emory Goizueta Business School

Faculty Member Tom Smith, PhD

Tom Smith, PhD

Professor in the Practice of Finance, Emory Goizueta Business School

Faculty Member Peter Topping

Peter Topping

Professor in the Practice of Organization and Management, Emory Goizueta Business School

Faculty Member Krysia Wren, PhD

Krysia Wren, PhD

Organizational Psychologist

Certificate

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Certificate

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a verified digital certificate by Emory Executive Education. The certificate will be a recognition of your achievement in the Chief Nursing Executive Certificate program.

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FAQs

  • How do I know if this program is right for me?
    After reviewing the information on the program landing page, we recommend you submit the short form above to gain access to the program brochure, which includes more in-depth information. If you still have questions on whether this program is a good fit for you, please email learner.success@emeritus.org, and a dedicated program advisor will follow-up with you very shortly.



    Are there any prerequisites for this program?
    Some programs do have prerequisites, particularly the more technical ones. This information will be noted on the program landing page, as well as in the program brochure. If you are uncertain about program prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at the ID mentioned above.
    Note that, unless otherwise stated on the program web page, all programs are taught in English and proficiency in English is required.

    What is the typical class profile?
    More than 50 percent of our participants are from outside the United States. Class profiles vary from one cohort to the next, but, generally, our online certificates draw a highly diverse audience in terms of professional experience, industry, and geography — leading to a very rich peer learning and networking experience.



    What other dates will this program be offered in the future?
    Check back to this program web page or email us to inquire if future program dates or the timeline for future offerings have been confirmed yet.



  • How much time is required each week?
    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page.



    How will my time be spent?
    We have designed this program to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including:

    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
    • Attending webinars and office hours, as per the specific program schedule
    • Reading or engaging with examples of core topics
    • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities
    • Engaging in moderated discussion groups with your peers
    • Completing your final project, if required

    The program is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please email us if you need further clarification on program activities.



    What is it like to learn online with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?
    More than 300,000 learners across 200 countries have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    All the contents of the course would be made available to students at the commencement of the course. However, to ensure the program delivers the desired learning outcomes the students may appoint Emeritus to manage the delivery of the program in a cohort-based manner the cost of which is already included in the overall course fee of the course.

    A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.



    How do I interact with other program participants?
    Peer learning adds substantially to the overall learning experience and is an important part of the program. You can connect and communicate with other participants through our learning platform.



  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?
    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what will be required before you enroll. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page. All programs are designed to fit into your working life.

    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass; participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programs include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the program brochure. Please email us if you need further clarification on any specific program requirements.

    What type of certificate will I receive?
    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools, or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter, resume, and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile.
    The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the program, once grading is complete.

    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?
    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?
    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.

    How long will I have access to the learning materials?
    You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and program materials for 12 months following the program start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.



  • What equipment or technical requirements are there for this program?
    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts.

    Do I need to be online to access the program content?
    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet, and video content is not available for download. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access program content from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

    Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you may view them later.



  • Can I still register if the registration deadline has passed?
    Yes, you can register up until seven days past the published start date of the program without missing any of the core program material or learnings.

    What is the program fee, and what forms of payment do you accept?
    The program fee is noted at the top of this program web page and usually referenced in the program brochure as well.

      • Flexible payment options are available (see details below as well as at the top of this program web page next to FEE).
      • Tuition assistance is available for participants who qualify. Please email learner.success@emeritus.org.

    What if I don’t have a credit card? Is there another method of payment accepted?
    Yes, you can do the bank remittance in the program currency via wire transfer or debit card. Please contact your program advisor, or email us for details.

    I was not able to use the discount code provided. Can you help?
    Yes! Please email us with the details of the program you are interested in, and we will assist you.

    How can I obtain an invoice for payment?
    Please email us your invoicing requirements and the specific program you’re interested in enrolling in.

    Is there an option to make flexible payments for this program?
    Yes, the flexible payment option allows a participant to pay the program fee in installments. This option is made available on the payment page and should be selected before submitting the payment.

    How can I obtain a W9 form?
    Please connect with us via email for assistance.

    Who will be collecting the payment for the program?
    Emeritus collects all program payments, provides learner enrollment and program support, and manages learning platform services.



    Are there any restrictions on the types of funding that can be used to pay for the program?

    Program fees for Emeritus programs with Emory Executive Education may not be paid for with (a) funds from the GI Bill, the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Act of 2008, or similar types of military education funding benefits or (b) Title IV financial aid funds.

  • What is the program refund and deferral policy?
    For the program refund and deferral policy, please click the link here.



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