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.

  • Top 10% of medical and health services managers earn more than $189,000 annually on average1
  • 32% job growth through 2029 — almost 3x the national average — for medical and health services managers1
  • Nursing leaders in demand in all sectors, including government, private health care, hospitals, and nursing facilities, among others2

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

Senior Nurse Manager


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 Officer


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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          Key Skills Employers Need

          • Analyze, design, implement, and evaluate nursing care.

          • Initiate, maintain, and demonstrate skills in care coordination, delegation, and conflict resolution strategies.

          • Promote safe, high-quality care through your ability to monitor, analyze, and prioritize outcomes that need to be improved for individuals, families, communities, and clinical populations.

          • Use critical reflection to translate evidence and integrate scholarship into advanced nursing practice.

          • Incorporate current technologies to deliver and coordinate care across multiple settings.

          • Promote health, help shape the health-delivery system, and advance values like social justice through policy processes and advocacy.

          • Actively collaborate with other health professionals to improve care across systems.

          • Design and ensure the delivery of clinical prevention interventions and population-based care that promotes health, reduces the risk of chronic illness, and prevents disease.

          • Facilitate commitment to a culture of nursing excellence through lifelong personal and professional development.

          • Integrate the arts and sciences, including leadership and ethical principles, with nursing science as a foundation for decision-making within diverse situations, settings, and communities resulting in safe patient care, quality outcomes, and health promotion.

          • Use critical reflection, innovation, and inter-professional collaboration to promote lifelong learning and continual improvement, integrate current evidence, and inform policy.

          • Incorporate current technologies to augment professional practice and scholarship.

          Beyond the Degree

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          1U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020 September 1). Medical and Health Service Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved Sept. 30, 2020 from
          2U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020 September 1). Medical and Health Service Managers: Pay. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved October 8, 2020, from
          3Glassdoor (2020 October 6). Senior Nurse Manager Salaries. Retrieved October 8, 2020, from,20.htm.
          4Payscale (n.d.). Average Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salary. Retrieved October 8, 2020, from