Nurse Executive (NE)

The U.S. health care delivery system continues to evolve, and no one is sure of its final destination. Nurse executives today must be prepared to provide quality-based, cost-effective, acute and community-based care in integrated health systems. The Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) does and will make a difference! The Southern Miss Nurse Executive program is designed to prepare nurse leaders for advanced practice in planning, implementing and managing organized health care delivery systems.



Course schedules are designed with special consideration to facilitate the family and work-study needs of registered nurses returning to school for the MSN degree. Clinical experiences for the MSN student are designed on an individual basis. Courses are offered in an online, Web-enhanced, every-other-weekend or executive format.



A highly qualified faculty is dedicated to the mission of the university in teaching, research and service. Each faculty member provides personal attention in the careful advising of MSN students. Faculty are active in professional nursing organizations, participating as officers and leaders and presenting information for the benefit of other professionals.



A variety of acute and community-based health care systems in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama serve as clinical education arenas for students. Southern Miss is pleased that so many of our MSN graduates have pursued their careers in these fine health care systems.



Our curriculum will provide the nurse leader with the essential skills required for a variety of executive positions. The curriculum provides the student with courses that include content in planning, implementing and managing organized delivery systems; fiscal management; human resource management; quality management; legal and ethical issues; managing and providing quality and innovative services at a reasonable cost; influencing health policy to improve health care; and influencing the future directions of professional nursing.


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Graduate History & PE Form (2pg. pdf)


Plan of Study (2pg. pdf)