School of Nursing

Executive Nurse Leader

Executive Nurse Leader

The Executive Nurse Leader (ENL) post-baccalaureate DNP (BSN to DNP) program of study consists of 80 credit hours. The ENL plan of study is developed, implemented, and will be revised based on the American Nurses Association Nursing Administration Scope and Standards of Practice (ANA, 2016), the American Organization of Nurse Executive Competencies (ANOE, 2015), and the DNP Essentials (AACN, 2006). Students in this program will achieve the DNP program outcomes by building on the baccalaureate level nursing management content and the student's practicum experiences. The program prepares the executive nurse leader at the graduate level who has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to engage in advanced leadership in nursing practice and health care delivery. The student will also gain knowledge about human resource management, finances and healthcare economics, quality and patient safety, emergency preparedness, and healthcare law and risk management. The primary teaching-learning practices used in this program are seminars, case studies/discussions, and practicums that focus on the preparation of nurse leaders to advance the quality of care and outcomes for populations and communities. Practicum focuses on developing clinical competency in the role and scope of advanced nursing practice under the guidance of program faculty and direct supervision by approved preceptors.

Paula Kensler  
Paula Kensler, DNP, MBA, RN
Director of ENL Concentration

For further information about this program of study, please contact the Office of Student Services/Affairs:

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