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

Participants are required to have:

  • Minimum 10 years of combined experience in nursing and management roles
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Designed for Success

Structured with the needs of busy nursing leaders in mind, you will learn through online sessions, including guest lectures from top nursing executives in the healthcare industry. The flexible nature of the Chief Nursing Executive Certificate program allows you to customize your learning journey for maximum career and business impact.

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Flexible

Complete the program at your own pace, engaging in just three to five hours of learning time per week around your busy work schedule.

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Interact

Grow your network by interacting with a global cohort of nursing leaders. Learn from world-renowned faculty and glean insights from industry experts with extensive experience in the nursing sector.

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Grow

Gain in-depth knowledge and skills that are fundamental to advancing your career and enable you to thrive as a nursing leader. Inspire colleagues by building a shared vision that considers the unique needs of patient care delivery and the business needs of healthcare organizations.

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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 Curriculum for Leaders in Nursing

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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Application Details

Round 1

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Round 2

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Round 3

Deadline: December 5, 2023
Application fee: US$50

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