A member of the first group of students to graduate with a master’s of business administration (M.B.A.) from Elms College, Susan Barone, R.N., has been a nurse since 1993. Originally a community college educated medical assistant, she graduated from the Baystate School of Nursing and worked in pediatrics, labor and delivery, outpatient pediatrics, and telenursing before eventually doing more on the business side of healthcare.

For Nurse an MBA Provides New Opportunities

Tue May 14, 2013

A member of the first group of students to graduate with a master’s of business administration (M.B.A.) from Elms College, Susan Barone, R.N., has been a nurse since 1993. Originally a community college educated medical assistant, she graduated from the Baystate School of Nursing and worked in pediatrics, labor and delivery, outpatient pediatrics, and telenursing before eventually doing more on the business side of healthcare. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Bay Path College.

When a friend of hers mentioned enrolling in the Elms College M.B.A. program, she encouraged Susan to take a course for professional development. Susan agreed, and was drawn to the energy of the faculty–all experienced businesspeople.

Susan officially enrolled in the program in September 2011 with a concentration in healthcare leadership. Throughout her time at Elms, her confidence has grown and she has taken on new roles and responsibilities. In October 2012, Susan accepted a new position as an ambulatory nurse manager at Wing Memorial Hospital in Palmer.

Although she’d like to walk across the stage and accept her diploma on May 18, 2013, her son graduates from Western New England University that same day, and she said he deserves the spotlight more than she does.

Susan is currently being recruited for a number of executive-level healthcare positions, and credits her Elms M.B.A. for the employers’ interest. “I feel that being an RN with a master’s in medical group administration was a great accomplishment, but it’s the MBA in healthcare leadership from Elms that makes my experience and education stand out,” Susan says. “The program has given me the skills needed to manage staff, lead organizations, and plan strategically.

“I really enjoyed that we started together as a class, and have remained a cohort for the duration of our time here,” she said. “We held study sessions together, and really motivated and challenged each other.”

The M.B.A. program will graduate 35 students on May 18–including 14 from the accounting track, 15 from the healthcare leadership track, and six from the management track.