Healthcare Leadership

Student Spotlights

Peris Wategi Kiarie lives in Kijabe, Kenya, Africa and works at the Kijabe Hospita

Peris Wategi Kiarie lives in Kijabe, Kenya, Africa and works at the Kijabe Hospital. Peris graduated from our Healthcare Leadership program in Spring 2013 and has seamlessly transitioned into our DNP program with a Systems focus in her scholarly work. 


Mary Muchendu lives in Kijabe, Kenya, Africa. Mary is the Director of Nursing at the Kijabe Hospital

Mary Muchendu lives in Kijabe, Kenya, Africa. Mary is the Director of Nursing at the Kijabe Hospital. Mary is leading nursing change in her country and is graduated from our Healthcare Leadership program in Spring 2013. She has seamlessly transitioned into our DNP program with a Systems focus in her scholarly work. 

 

Student Testimonials

Here is what our students and graduates have to say about Vanderbilt University's Master of Science in Nursing Healthcare Leadership online program:


“The Healthcare Leadership program covers a large breadth of healthcare topics, and encourages students to think “outside the box.” Vanderbilt’s Healthcare Leadership program also encompasses an experienced and knowledgeable faculty that focus on growing each student. Importantly, the education gained from this program has allowed me to contribute more to my current organization. The online format of the Healthcare Leadership program was essential to me. With this format, I was able to continue working at a distance while obtaining an education from a renowned university. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as an Healthcare Leadership student at Vanderbilt.”  


Joanna Williams, MSN, RN
2013 Graduate, Master of Science in Nursing Health Systems Management



"I was looking for a degree that would enable me to expand my sphere of influence in health care while keeping a strong foundation in the discipline of nursing. I appreciate being associated with a university that has a prestigious nursing school. I'm using the curriculum content every day in my new job. There is a demand for these skills."


Kathleen Craig, RNc, BSN
Graduate, Master of Science in Nursing Health Systems Management

 



"I cannot say how much Vanderbilt University's education has given me. I was very hesitant to take an online class but the flexibility to fit classes around my schedule allowed me to maintain full time work status. The course content was current and applicable in my work setting as Director of Surgical Services. Everything I learned in class, I could apply to my job. The most memorable time was when I was able to speak with business acumen at a financial review meeting. The president of the hospital was so impressed that he asked me to explain the discussion and my proposed solution. I have such a fondness for Vanderbilt University and the online Healthcare Leadership program and often speak with colleagues about the program."


Elizabeth Paganini
Graduate, Master of Science in Nursing Health Systems Management


"Since enrolling in this program, I have a renewed confidence and ability to see myself beyond bedside nursing. Every class I have taken has allowed me to apply my knowledge immediately to my work setting, and has greatly enhanced my abilities. While I may never get completely away from bedside nursing, I feel better equipped to facilitate change in my work setting and be a better leader, rather than a follower.

I love the online format for learning. It requires discipline and determination to keep up with the work, however, the flexibility allows me to keep focused and gives me time to do other things than simply study. The quality of the education I am receiving is excellent. There are others in my workplace who are in traditional programs but the education I am earning online from VU far outpaces their programs."

April Dunlevy

Graduate, Master of Science in Nursing Health Systems Management



"I chose the Vanderbilt University Healthcare Leadership program because of its ranking in academic standings and in the ability to complete the MSN online. This experience has afforded me the opportunity to enrich my practice, network with colleagues who are experiencing the same challenges I face in my work environment, and receive encouragement and validation from a nursing faculty who are truly experts in their areas of practice."


Margaret Noreus Smith
Graduate, Master of Science in Nursing Health Systems Management



"Enrolling in Vanderbilt's Healthcare Leadership program has been a great asset to me - both in my personal and professional life. The skills that I have learned have facilitated my performance at work and have provided me with a feeling of personal fulfillment and accomplishment. The program's online format has enabled me to continue working full time and maintain control of my schedule."


Lisa Pearson
Student, Master of Science in Nursing Health Systems Management

 



"The best thing about the program is that I have found something in each course that I can apply in my everyday setting as a nurse administrator."


Jackie Mossakowski

Graduate, Master of Science in Nursing Health Systems Management



"I was considering a few MSN programs when the Vanderbilt program came to my attention. While all of the online options were quality programs there was no doubt I wanted to pursue Vanderbilt, with its outstanding reputation. I have never regretted my choice. I have been exposed to deep and enriching curriculum, along with supportive and wise faculty. The best part? There was not one component of one course which I was not able to immediately apply to my daily work."

Melissa Weinand
Graduate, Master of Science in Nursing Health Systems Management

 


 

"I knew I wanted a career in nursing. I also knew that I wanted to advance my career beyond bedside nursing. The Health Systems Management program has provided me with the knowledge and experience I needed to feel prepared and confident in making advancements in my career. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and helpful and are truly vested in the success of their students. I feel prepared to expand my career field and become a leader in the health care industry."

Kimberly Sutton-Lippard

Graduate, Master of Science in Nursing Health Systems Management

 



"I chose the MSN Healthcare Leadership program because of the structure and curriculum. I really enjoy the interaction with my instructors and other like minded individuals."


John W. Bradley
Graduate, Master of Science in Nursing Health Systems Management



"Being a visual/auditory learner, I was terrified that I would be unable to make a 'connection' with the material in an online class. I was WRONG! The chats provide an excellent atmosphere to solidify the learning process. I also really enjoy the program format; taking only one class at a time allows you to concentrate fully on that material and learn more in the process."


Tracey Odachowski
Graduate, Master of Science in Nursing Health Systems Management



"I always thought I was weird because of the way I look at my environment. Then I took the first class in the Healthcare Leadership program - quality improvement. Literally, a light went off in my head and I knew I am not weird; I do QI in my head all the time. No matter if it is in my personal life, work, church, etc. I detect weaknesses and areas that need improvement; I think about solutions and find ways to do it better next time. Once I discovered this about myself I knew that QI would be in my future and my plan on becoming a nurse advocate was born. I want to help nurses to become the best they can be."

 

Stephanie Rieforth
Graduate, Master of Science in Nursing Health Systems Management




Notable Graduates

  • Susan Cooper, MSN, RN. Former Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health
  • Pam O. Jones, MSN, RN. Chief Nurse, Vanderbilt Hospital
  • Kelly A. Wolgast, Colonel (Retired), US Army. Formerly Chief Nurse Executive, United States Army Medical Command