Master of Science in Nursing

Actions That Bring Results in Health Care

When asked why she didn't write more, Florence Nightingale responded in this way: "I think one's feelings waste themselves in words, they ought be distilled in actions and into actions which bring results." Her words from the nineteenth century are echoed in the actions and results of today's master's-prepared nurses from Norwich University who work in hospitals, health care systems, and public health settings across the country and on military bases all over the world. 

Their results, among many others, include:

  • Improving quality of patient care.
  • Elevating the level of practice for all nurses through critical thinking and innovation.
  • Promoting a team approach to care.
  • Implementing cost-saving ideas that increase institutional efficiency and improve outcomes.

Ask anyone with a deep knowledge of the health care industry in America today and they will concur: nurses are the life blood of our hospitals, medical centers, public health facilities, and nursing homes. The Norwich Master of Science in Nursing program helps prepare working nurses for these critical leadership positions in either nursing administration, education or informatics, depending on which program track they pursue. In a recent survey*, 79% of our alumni respondents said they had been offered new opportunities to lead others at their place of employment since earning their MSN.

Career Outcomes

Developed based on guidelines by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the program emphasizes broad-based knowledge of health systems and essential skills in communication, problem solving, critical thinking, research, evidence-based practice, and management.

Nursing program alumna, Elizabeth Hoettels, puts it like this:

"I’ve gained the confidence to walk into a meeting with the executive staff and speak eloquently about evidence-based practice. Facts, studies, and new ideas about how to plan efficiently. My goal is to be a chief nurse. The program is about having the tools in the toolbox to be able to advance yourself, advance your peers, mentor younger junior nurses, and advance the whole profession of nursing."

Examples of positions held by our graduates include:

  • Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Chief Quality Officer
  • Clinical Educator
  • Clinical Research Specialist
  • Director of Clinical Services
  • Director of Student Health Clinic Wellness Center
  • Nurse Consultant
  • Nurse Director
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Supervisor
  • Risk Manager/ Corporate Compliance Officer
  • Surgical Nurse Manager

Where Our Graduates Work

Our nursing graduates work in a wide range of health-care-related organizations, including public and private hospitals, government health agencies, and pharmaceutical companies. In a recent survey* of nursing program graduates, 88% of respondents who wanted to advance in their career said they were successful in doing so.

Examples of employers include:

  • Adirondack Medical Center - Mercy
  • Berkshire Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital
  • County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Massachusetts General Medical Group
  • Monadnock Community Hospital
  • Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

*Source: Norwich University Master of Science in Nursing Graduate Survey, fielded March 2014