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Nurse Executive

A Nurse Executive holds a top position within a healthcare organization, making sure its goals and mission are carried out in day-to-day operations.
Required education
Average Annual Salary
React and make decisions quickly in demanding conditions.
Lead, guide and support other nurses so they can provide the best care.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll play an essential role in shaping your organization’s healthcare policies and making sure your team of nurses have what they need to provide the best possible care.
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What you’ll do


You’ll create budgets and manage the finances of the organization.


You’ll develop policies and procedures to help your organization run as effectively as possible.


You’ll understand the needs of your staff, help them flourish in their careers and provide the best care for patients.


You’ll speak up on behalf of your patients and staff when introducing new ideas and practices to parties outside of the healthcare organization.

Where you’ll work
  • Consulting firms
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing home
  • Nursing schools
How to become a Nurse Executive


Get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), taking business courses or pursuing a double major, or minor, in business.


Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as Registered Nurse.


Get a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Masters in Healthcare or Business Administration (MHA/MBA).


Work in an executive role before passing your Executive Nursing Certification Exam through the American Organization of Nurse Executives.


You’re ready to work as a Nurse Executive.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Nurse Executive organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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