The Business of Healthcare

Long-time healthcare manager Joyce Turner earns EMBA

It’s not just business people who would reap the benefits of a business degree. Healthcare administrators and managers face business challenges every day. They are faced with the challenges of streamlining operations and maintaining budgets while still managing to increase the quality of patient care.

Joyce Turner has more than 13 years of leadership and management experience in the healthcare industry. When she wanted to expand her education and experience in nursing and healthcare administration, she decided on earning an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) at the University of Fredericton (UFred).

Joyce says that when she was researching graduate programs, UFred’s specialty stream options, flexibility, reputation, and interactive format were most appealing. She decided on the Human Resources Leadership specialty stream because it aligned with her career goals.

“A significant advantage of pursuing an EMBA at UFred had been the high-performing, goal-oriented professionals in my peer group. The extensive knowledge and experience in the group provide the opportunity to apply our learning to a range of sectors,” she said, adding that the outcome of the interactions with her peer group far exceeded her expectations.

Joyce says her experience with her peer group, coupled with professors who are “truly invested in providing quality education”, was the highlight of her experience.

The most valuable thing she learned was the application of a systems-based analysis employed throughout her group’s capstone integration project. Joyce says she was immediately able to apply this approach in a healthcare environment, most notably through quality assurance initiatives.

“The EMBA program has provided the broader perspective I had hoped for, enabling a more holistic approach to business strategy and analysis,” she said.

If there is one piece of advice she could offer current and future students, it’s to plan ahead.

“Carve out the time required to manage the intense schedule that comes with an EMBA program. It is worth it!”

In the future, Joyce plans to continue her education even further with a Doctorate of Business Administration.

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