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Posted: 1/1/1998

As methods of health care delivery expand, nurses increasingly must be prepared to address the growing challenges in the areas of managed care and finance. To assist nurses in providing quality care in the most cost-effective manner, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education offer the Hopkins Business of Nursing graduate certificate program.

This, 12-credit, ten-month graduate certificate program complements a nurse's clinical skills with comprehensive business content. The program is targeted to RNs with a bachelor's or a master's degree. Nurses with a bachelor's degree from a National League for Nursing-accredited program or its equivalent, a current RN license, and clinical and supervisory experience are eligible for the program.

"Today's nurses occupy a critical position in the changing environment of health care management," says Stella Shiber, Ph.D., RN, associate dean of professional education programs and practice for the School of Nursing. "With the expansion of managed care programs and developments such as long-term care, home health care, shorter hospital stays, and specialized rehabilitation programs, it is essential that nurses can integrate sound business and management skills with their advanced clinical skills."

"More than ever before, nurses today are deeply involved with managing a patient's total care," says Patricia DeLorenzo, senior director of business/medical programs for Hopkins School of Professional Studies in Business and Education. "In order for a nurse to oversee the total spectrum of a patient's care, he or she needs to understand how to provide quality care that is also cost-effective."

Hopkins Business of Nursing program includes the following courses: Emerging Health Care Systems and Concepts, Managing Financial Outcomes, Managing Clinical Outcomes, and Synthesis and Integration of Nursing and Business.

"Numerous employment opportunities exist in hospital settings and beyond for nurses with a business background," adds Maryann Fralic, DrPH, RN, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. "The Business of Nursingsm program will allow nurses to gain a better understanding of the changing financial health care environment as well as learn how to forecast and influence favorable patient outcomes."

The Business of Nursing begins in September of each year and is located at the School of Nursing.