2017 U.S. News & World Report Ranks Best Online Grad Programs, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing Ranked #39 for MSN in Nursing Leadership & Innovation Online Program

January 10, 2017
MSN grad photo from 2016
The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) is pleased to share that U.S. News & World Report ranked our Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Innovation online degree program at #39 of the “2017 Best Online Graduate Programs.”

“We are honored that Baylor’s Online Graduate Program granting the MSN in Nursing Leadership and Innovation is ranked at #39 by U.S. News and World Report in its second year,” said Dean Shelley F. Conroy, EdD, MS, RN, CNE, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. “Through this competitively robust program our students will transform today’s complex healthcare environments through the application of cutting-edge and innovative problem-solving methods applied in their own work settings."

As healthcare organizations and agencies have increased in complexity, the role of the nurse leader and manager has evolved. Human resource management, financial planning and management and strategic planning, in addition to enhanced responsibility and accountability for the safety, quality and improvement of patient outcomes, are core competencies required by today’s nurse leaders.

"The MSN in Nursing Leadership and Innovation online degree program at Baylor University offers engaging and relevant master's-level course work that prepares visionary and exemplary nurse leaders for Nurse Manager and Director positions,” said Julie L. Millenbruch, PhD, RN, CRRN, Associate Clinical Professor, Coordinator, MSN Nursing Leadership and Innovation Program, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. “Students learn advanced leadership concepts in an environment that is fast-paced and asynchronous. They are challenged to think critically and creatively about their nurse leader role and how they will create and lead strategic initiatives to improve care. Assignments and assessments are readily applicable to their own work settings. MSN graduates are prepared to lead and transform health care systems to enhance care outcomes for individuals, families, communities and populations."

Founded in 2014, Baylor LHSON’s accelerated online master’s degree program ranked #79 in 2016. The highly revered program continues to prepare nurses at the advanced level to transform organizations, implement evidence-based healthcare practices, evaluate and improve the quality of patient outcomes, implement financial strategies, manage resources with stewardship and develop innovative models to improve healthcare delivery in acute, chronic and community environments.

U.S. News and World Report 2017 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs ranked schools using five categories: Faculty credentials (25%), Student engagement (20%), Admissions selectivity (20%), Peer reputation (20%) and Student services and technology (15%). Learn more at http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/nursing or Tweet #BestOnlinePrograms

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About Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing
The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) located in Dallas was established in 1909 as a diploma program within Baylor Hospital in Dallas, which is now Baylor University Medical Center, and in 1950 became one of the six degree-granting schools of Baylor University. The first Baccalaureate degrees were granted in 1950 establishing the school among the earliest baccalaureate nursing programs in Texas. In 1999, the School was renamed the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing after Louise Herrington Ornelas, a 1992 Baylor Alumna Honoris Causa, who made an endowment gift to the school. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, LHSON offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees through a Traditional program and FastBacc (one year accelerated) program. LHSON also offers an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Innovation program, as well as Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs to include, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse-Midwife (CNM) and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP). LHSON was featured in U.S. News & World Report for the 2017 Best Graduate Schools ranking our DNP program in the top 50 US nursing schools at #45, our MSN program ranked at #58 and our Nurse Midwifery Program ranked 10th. For more information visit www.baylor.edu/nursing
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