Quality patient care is your passion — it’s the reason you got into health care in the first place. That’s why for the past few years, you’ve worked directly with patients to understand their conditions and collaborate about solutions. Now you’re ready to take your treatment methods one step further to influence patient outcomes on a larger scale.
It’s time to earn your Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree online from UND and extend your reach to facilitate change in the highest level of your health care organization.
Our online D.N.P. program offers two tracks to help you specialize your career based on your goals and interests.
The Advanced Practice Nursing track was designed help you build the confidence and tools you’ll need to advance into practice-focused leadership roles to improve population health, patient care processes and outcomes.
The Leadership track can help you develop the skills needed to provide education and lead the transformation of health care organization practices, system-wide improvements and health care policy at the local, state and national levels.
D.N.P. Career Opportunities
Director of Nursing
Average salary: $90,671*
Although directors of nursing are more focused on managerial and administrative functions, they’re still very much involved with the overall patient experience, regularly interacting with their staff and the public to ensure that patients receive the best care possible.
Since nursing directors typically have several years of experience as a nurse prior to taking on this higher-level role, they’re able to offer valuable insights when contributing to patient-centered policy decisions.
As a director of nursing, you can apply your expertise to a variety of settings, such as:
Other health care facilities
Hospital Chief Executive Officer
Average salary: $153,479*
Planning. Direction. Coordination. These are three defining characteristics that represent a hospital CEO’s primary responsibilities. And since working in the highest level of management is no small task, you may be supported by a team of assistant executives and staff managers.
In this role, you would focus on all aspects of how your organization is performing, which means it will be important to find a balance between managing day-to-day operations and leading strategic initiatives that promote long-term success. Here are just a few duties you can expect to perform as a hospital CEO:
Deliver the best quality of patient care
Create a positive and productive culture
Set and follow standards for operational excellence
Hire and retain qualified staff
Implement clinical procedure and policy
Safeguard required compliance with state, federal and hospital policies
Develop a relationship with outside organizations, including the medical community, referring physicians and the media
Deliver strong financial performance
Chief Nursing Officer
Average salary: $131,526*
Nurses manage patient care, but who manages nurses? The answer: chief nursing officers. As the primary spokesperson for a facility’s nursing staff, they take the lead on coordinating the daily nursing operations — from advising senior management and creating retention programs to managing nursing budgets and planning new patient services. Because of this, some CNOs tend to work more than 40 hours per week, dispersed across nights and weekends.
You would also spearhead all personnel-related tasks, like hiring, compensation and performance assessments. As a CNO, you would use your leadership expertise to help one of the following settings run smoothly:
Outpatient care centers
Group physician practices
Other health systems
Prepare to become a leader in nursing with your D.N.P.