Nursing School Information

Information about RN to BSN and MSN Degrees for Nurses

Advanced Nursing Education Options

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Many nurses graduate from a two-year program and become licensed Registered Nurses (RNs).  However, if a nurse wants to further their education there are opportunities available to RNs that can enhance both their job performance and career advancement.

There are currently many RN to BSN programs available to nurses who are graduates of associate or diploma programs.  These programs give credit for time and experience that has been gained through work or school.  Since most RNs chose to continue working while returning to school, many programs offer flexible class schedules, multiple start dates, and online courses.  There are many online RN to BSN degree programs available which create a credible path to completing a degree.

Earning a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree can prepare someone for a specialization, a management position, or a teaching position.  It can also prepare a student who is interested in pursuing their education to a doctorate level.  Most people interested in this degree already have a BSN, but there are accelerated programs for RNs to not only gain their BSN in conjunction with their MSN degree.  This type of degree helps to alleviate any overlap that would occur in the two degrees and streamlines the learning process.

When applying for a MSN some nurses may choose to take a route that has more of an administration emphasis.  Most MSN degrees are for BSN-trained registered nurses that want to move into management, leadership, and policy implementation.  This degree can teach a student how to make ethical decisions in health policy, use technology to bring competitive healthcare options to an institution, and contribute to healthcare policy so that it impacts the clinical environment positively.  Graduates can offer someone an in-depth understanding of patient care management as well as adequately be prepared to become Board Certified as a Nurse Executive.

If a student is interested in becoming a leader in the healthcare field through mentoring students and teaching classes then it may be worthwhile to investigate a MSN in Education degree.  While completing a degree in this field students learn to create effective teaching and evaluation tools as well as understanding the process of learning from infancy to adulthood.  Graduates from this program can be eligible to be Board Certified in Nursing Professional Development.  An MSN graduate is be able to create extensive career opportunities not only in the healthcare field, but in academia as well.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), job opportunities in both of these fields are expected to grow by 15% by 2018 which is a faster than average rate compared to other jobs.  Currently, MSN degrees are offered on line are from accredited universities to make it easier for nurses to maintain a career while going back to school.  Choosing to complete an online MSN degree doesn’t mean a student has to sacrifice quality professors – experienced nurses with doctoral degrees teach most classes at this level.  When using online learning there are more opportunities available that include going to a university out of state without moving.

Current RN nurses with two or four year degrees can enhance their job performance and career options by continuing their education.  Online degrees make it easy to go at a pace that fits the needs of a busy life-style, complete schoolwork during off hours, and may cost less than campus-based programs.M

Many online nursing degrees are tailored to meet the needs of working students in this profession.  Completing a higher degree makes it possible to enter into a higher position, make a career change, or earn more income at a current position.

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Written by samomulligan

November 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm

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  1. […] that works for you, ask for help and develop relationships with your classmates, you’ll find that nursing degree within reach. Share this:ShareFacebookTwitterRedditStumbleUponDiggLike this:LikeBe the first to like […]


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