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Master of Science in Nursing Leadership: Career Outlook

Take on a leadership role to improve health outcomes

Organizations everywhere are looking for nursing professionals with the skills to lead teams, make complex decisions, and handle the day-to-day management of health care delivery while maintaining the highest standards for quality care.

Whether you want to pursue top roles in a hospital, a residential care facility, a nursing home, or another clinical setting, Utica University’s CCNE- accredited online Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program equips you to provide top-quality care and leadership.



As a senior nurse manager3, you would lead a nursing team in a clinic, nursing home, hospital, or other health care setting and drive positive experiences and health outcomes for your patients. Manage team members, provide evaluations and feedback, coordinate care-delivery systems, and make high-level decisions to ensure quality care.



Chief nursing officers4 are the highest authority in nursing at a hospital or other large-scale health care organization. In this role, you’d represent nursing on the executive level, developing initiatives with other departmental leads while you maintain budgets, team dynamics, operational policies, and high-quality nursing.

Additional roles for graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing Leadership:

  • Nurse Director
  • Medical Health and Service Manager
  • Director of Clinical Operations
  • Clinic Manager
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Charge Nurse

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2022 April 18). Medical and Health Service Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved August 25, 2022 from
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2022 April 18). Medical and Health Service Managers: Pay. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved August 25, 2022, from
  3. Glassdoor (2022 August). Senior Nurse Manager Salaries. Retrieved August 25, 2022, from,20.htm
  4. Payscale (n.d.). Average Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salary. Retrieved August 26, 2022, from