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Increased need for nurses with MSN

Today's ever-changing healthcare scene has created a greater need for nurses who have a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). With increasing demand for healthcare and a physician shortage in many areas of the country, policy experts are looking to advanced practice registered nurses to help provide primary care services for this growing population.

MSN-prepared nurses also are needed to serve as nurse administrators and nurse educators to create both the work settings and the workforce needed to care for these individuals.

Online RN to MSN programs

Many registered nurses are considering earning an MSN to meet the demands of today's healthcare needs, to ensure job security and to increase their earnings. One way to earn an MSN is through an online RN to MSN program, which is tailored to actively practicing registered nurses with a diploma or associates degree. For students without a BSN, a seamless RN to MSN program eliminates redundant coursework between the BSN and MSN degrees, and many or all of the credits can be earned via online courses.

Reasons to earn an MSN

In short, nurses with advanced degrees are needed in today's complex healthcare delivery system. Why?

  • Advanced practice nurses are needed to increase the number of practitioners available to the growing population of people seeking healthcare.
  • MSN-prepared nurses are needed to educate the future nursing workforce. Accredited nursing schools are turning away thousands of prospective students due to a lack of teachers.
  • Today's healthcare environment requires nurses who have a deep knowledge of systems and policies; can provide patient education and health promotion; and understand technology integration.

Earning an MSN allows for specialization

MSN programs equip nurses with the skills and advanced training needed to give high-quality nursing care in specialized roles. At the University of Texas at Arlington, a nurse who pursues an online MSN can become a family nurse practitioner, nurse educator or nurse administrator.

Earning an MSN opens many career opportunities, enhances job security and increases earnings. It also is a stepping stone to a doctoral degree.

If you are an RN who is thinking of taking your career to a higher and more specialized level, you may want to consider enrolling in a RN to MSN program.


Sources:

American Association of Community Colleges. "RN to MSN program information," http://www.aacc.nche.edu/Resources/aaccprograms/health/cap/Pages/rn-msn.aspx

Link, Jennifer. "5 reasons to get a MSN," http://nursinglink.monster.com/education/articles/22045-5-reasons-to-get-a-msn


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