M.S. in Nursing, Nursing Leadership - Message from the Track Coordinator

Dear Prospective Student,

The Nursing Leadership degree is a very exciting new educational path in the field of nursing that is on the cutting edge of an ever-changing healthcare environment. It is my sincere pleasure to be leading this program which is focused on preparing nurses with a foundation of principles that will help them in any area of our diverse work environment.

One of the reasons that I am so excited about this degree is that it allows nurses endless opportunities for career paths and also supports those nurses who love what they do but want the academic support to do it better. Many nurses want to go back to graduate school but are not sure what their future job interests may be. As a generic master's degree, the Nursing Leadership program will develop skills that will help you in any role. The core assumptions of the Nursing Leadership curriculum focus on skills that are essential from the bedside to the board room, such as improving:

  • Quality outcomes
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Leadership and interdisciplinary collaboration

Here at Fairfield University, we have built a solid Nursing Leadership program based on the strength of our existing courses and adding four sequential specialty courses in which nurses use their skills in a variety of classroom and clinical settings. National leaders in the Nursing Leadership field have collaborated with Fairfield's School of Nursing to develop an outstanding program.

As a student enrolled in the program, you'll do a substantial quality improvement project in the setting of your choice with the support of faculty and other healthcare leaders. We believe our talented students will make a great impact on healthcare and distinguish this program as one of the best in the nation.

Feel free to explore the possibilities of advanced study in nursing at Fairfield University, and feel free to contact me by e-mail to either set up an appointment to discuss the program or to clarify any questions you may have about the Nursing Leadership track.

Sally Gerard, DNP, RN, CNL
Nursing Leadership Track Coordinator