While much attention has been given to the Affordable Health Care Act, the heath care industry continues to change and colleges in Southern Nevada recognize the need to educate students in an important aspect: business administration.

(Photo Courtesy of Okeleke Peter Nzeogwu)

(Photo Courtesy of Okeleke Peter Nzeogwu)

Okeleke Peter Nzeogwu, director of the MBA program at Roseman University of Health Sciences, explained, “The problem with health care in the United States is not technology or science, it is a business problem. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and support staff in the health care industry are all affected by business so this is the issue that needs to be solved.”

The program educates nurses who want to move from working with the patients to administrative positions. “As a nurse, you understand what needs to be done in the health care field but most have not received any business training. With additional education and an MBA, this will help them become a better manager. They have the nursing background as well as the business training to understand all aspects,” Nzeogwu said.

He also stated that this additional education and degree makes a nurse more marketable. “I have seen many of our graduates get promotions and move into managerial positions with their additional degree.”

(Photo Courtesy of Katherine D’Amico, Ph.D.)

(Photo Courtesy of Katherine D’Amico, Ph.D.)

Katherine D’Amico, Ph.D., associate dean of College of Nursing at Roseman University agrees, “I believe it is very important for people to have the educational background needed to be a successful administrator. It is important for individuals to know successful ways to coach individuals who work with them as well as for them. It is vital to understand labor laws and how to counsel individuals. Also, it is very important to know how to create a budget based on the realistic needs for the facility, whether a clinical agency like a hospital or patient clinic as well as for a school.”

D’Amico explained that nurses who want to become a nursing manager of a unit or move forward and become a director of nursing should focus on receiving a higher education so they have the necessary background to be an effective administrator and become more successful in their career in the health care industry.

Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.


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