Shaping the Future of Healthcare Leadership: FSU College of Nursing's Executive Health Systems Leadership Program


The fast-paced world of healthcare demands effective leadership. Recognizing this need, Florida State University College of Nursing offers a groundbreaking Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in Executive Health Systems Leadership (EHSL). This innovative program equips nurses with the expertise and vision to navigate the complexities of modern healthcare systems.

Empowering Nurse Leaders for Meaningful Change:

The DNP in EHSL equips nurses with the leadership skills and strategic insights needed to thrive in executive roles. The program's comprehensive curriculum delves into human resources, finance, governance, law, business, and policy advocacy. Through a blend of theoretical coursework and hands-on experience, students become adept leaders ready to drive meaningful change.

This rigorous curriculum prepares graduates for assuming senior leadership roles such as Chief Nursing Officer, Executive Director, or Nursing Manager. Graduates possess the depth and breadth of knowledge to tackle complex challenges within diverse healthcare settings. Armed with a solid foundation in evidence-based decision-making and system redesign, they can enhance patient safety, organizational culture, and workplace environments, ultimately improving the quality of care for all.


Dr. Susan B. Hassmiller: Inspiring the Next Generation

Sue Hassmiller
Sue Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN

Central to the EHSL program's success is Dr. Susan B. Hassmiller, an esteemed faculty member. Dr. Hassmiller embodies the essence of nursing leadership with her storied career spanning decades. Her tireless advocacy and strategic policy work have significantly impacted the nursing profession, advancing compassionate care and health equity for vulnerable populations.

Dr. Hassmiller's contributions extend beyond the classroom. As the Senior Scholar-in-Residence and Advisor to the President of the National Academy of Medicine, she has led transformative initiatives like "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health." Her dedication to elevating the nursing profession is evident through her strategic policy advocacy and numerous accolades, including the prestigious Florence Nightingale Medal.

In her role as a professor, Dr. Hassmiller mentors the next generation of nurse leaders. Her unparalleled expertise and unwavering dedication empower students to realize their full potential and effect positive change in healthcare leadership.

A Brighter Future for Healthcare

As healthcare evolves, the demand for visionary leaders like those groomed by the EHSL program has never been greater. Through a transformative blend of academic rigor, real-world experience, and visionary leadership, the EHSL program empowers nurses to lead with compassion, integrity, and excellence, ensuring a brighter, healthier future for all.

For more information about the Executive Health Systems Leadership program, contact Track Coordinator Dr. Allison McHugh at