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The University at Buffalo (UB) School of Nursing has announced the launch of an Advanced Certificate in Nursing Leadership in partnership with the School of Management to help increase the number of nurses in leadership and management positions.

The certificate is an online, part-time program to help nurses develop the leadership, business, and executive skills needed to promote innovative change and shape the evolving health care environment. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses make up the largest occupation in health care, and nurses are vastly underrepresented in and underprepared for leadership positions.

Janice Jones, clinical professor and program coordinator for the Master’s in Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems Program in the UB School of Nursing, tells Buffalo.edu, “Nurses need to assume not only traditional administrative roles, but also those that support a culture of safety, quality and care coordination for patients in a complex health care environment that is becoming increasingly demanding.”

The 15-credit certificate can be completed in one or two years and offers courses in organizational behavior, health policy, leadership, operations, and financial forecasting. After earning the certificate, graduates can apply their program credits toward a Master’s in Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems degree with the UB School of Nursing or an MBA from the School of Management.

To learn more about the University at Buffalo School of Nursing’s new certificate program to propel nurses into leadership roles, visit here.

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