Advanced Nursing Degrees for RNs


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The article ‘Advanced Nursing Degrees for RNs’ discusses about different Bachelor’s level and Master’s level nursing programs which facilitate the career growth of RN’s. It talks about various educational pathways which prepare RNs to emerge in their careers.

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Advanced Nursing Degrees for RNs

  1. 1. Advanced Nursing Degrees for RNsAfter years of toil, you have finally realized your dream of becoming a Registered Nurse (RN). Onyour two shoulders rests the responsibility of providing direct care to patients in need. You movefrom one emergency situation to another, assisting the best brains and hands in the medical field.To an outsider, your career seems to be on a roll. But the restless spirit inside you wants to domore and knows you are capable of doing more. So, what now? Are you going to listen to yoursoul and work towards advancing your career or are you going to wait for the proverbial storm toblow over?If you want to rise above the ordinary, all you need is a little bit of help and some amount ofplanning. There are many advanced nursing degrees which can help you not just advance, butalso diversify your career. Let’s explore some of such nursing programs.Bachelor’s in Nursing: If you have entered the nursing profession with an Associate’s Degree inNursing or a hospital-administered diploma, your first stop should be a Bachelor’s in Nursingcompletion. A bachelor’s degree is essential not just for further academic pursuits, but also formore complex roles within the scope of an RN’s work. A BSN will also expand your jobopportunities, as this degree is a pre-requisite for some nursing positions. While typically aBachelor’s in Nursing degree takes about four years to complete, as an RN you may be able toearn this degree in much less time.Master’s in Nursing: Getting a Master’s degree in Nursing is essential if you want to become anadvanced practice nurse. Advanced practice nurses work independently or with physicians toprovide primary care to patients. There are four types of advanced practice nurses viz. clinicalnurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives, and nurse practitioners. A Master’s degreein nursing usually takes about two years of coursework, but there may be few accelerated optionsavailable for RNs.Master’s in Nursing Administration: For RNs who want to advance into management-roles, aMaster’s in Nursing Administration degree is the most appropriate credential. Such programs aredesigned to train RNs in not just advanced nursing theory, but also in the non-clinical aspects ofhealth services such as management principles, healthcare law and policies, healthcareinformatics, healthcare finance, etc. To become a nurse manager, an RN must demonstrateleadership qualities, communication skills, and capability for strategic thinking and independentdecision-making.Master’s in Nursing Education: This degree qualifies Registered Nurses to perform in the roleof an educator. As a nurse educator, you’ll have little or no direct contact with patient care.However, the importance of the role is emphasized in the fact that the professional developmentof future nurses resides in your hands . A nurse educator is someone who trains and preparesLicensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and RNs for practice roles in different healthcare settings. Anurse educator is also responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluatingeducational programs for student nurses, assessing their progress, and mentoring them forpractice roles.So which one of these rewarding career paths will you walk on? Now is the time to break out ofthe cozy nest you have built yourself and spread your wings a little!