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The Significance of a Master of Science in Nursing Degree

The Significance of a Master of Science in Nursing Degree

The landscape of the healthcare industry is rapidly changing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nursing industry is predicted to grow 19% by the year 2022, more than other occupations. Advances in medical technology, the large numbers of an aging population, and an increased emphasis on preventative care contribute to the demand for nurses to pursue higher education. With the increased job growth, nurses are also expected to achieve higher levels of education, even beyond the BSN in order to maintain a competitive edge in the industry and become influential leaders in the field.

An Advanced Nursing Skillset Allows for Better Patient Care

As the healthcare system evolves and adapts to current and future needs, nurses will need to adapt accordingly, gaining the expertise to ensure patients are receiving the latest and most effective care. Quality patient care leans on having a well-educated nursing workforce. Research has shown lower mortality rates, fewer medication errors and positive outcomes are all linked to nurses prepared at the baccalaureate and graduate degree levels. According to the Future of Nursing Report, nursing expertise includes technical knowledge, evidence-based practice, system improvement, geriatrics, health policy, leadership and collaboration – skills which can be developed when pursuing a master of science in nursing.

Increase your Marketability & Career Paths

Once a higher degree is obtained, many nurses will find new opportunities for their careers. They will not only become more marketable in an increasingly competitive industry, but will also be qualified candidates for the opportunity to become leaders in their field. A master of science in nursing gives nurses the knowledge and skills to specialize in the desired area of focus, while still having an impact on patient care and outcomes. Specializations such as the Clinical Nurse Leader role, Nurse Educator or Administrator allow nurses to hone specific skills and prepare for greater healthcare challenges.

The Sacred Heart University MSN Experience

Sacred Heart University is committed to enhancing the skills of nurses practicing today to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Our online curriculum works seamlessly with your goals and your schedule and our faculty are experts in the field with a legacy of experience and awareness in the latest breakthroughs.

The online MSN program at Sacred Heart University offers three specializations:

  • Clinical Nurse Leader®: This role covers present and future healthcare changes that ultimately affect patient care. Students will learn the most effective patient care methods and practices, while also understanding risk assessment, pathophysiology, information systems and care management. This program prepares nurses to sit for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing CNL Certificate Exam.
  • Nursing Management & Executive Leadership: Prepare to adopt the necessary leadership principles and practices to assume greater responsibility ensuring effective and efficient care across all levels of a healthcare organization. Learn how to practice positive management and leadership with an emphasis on quality and safety.
  • Nursing Education: This specialization prepares students to become teachers who pass on a solid foundation of current nursing technologies and patient care skills to future students. This program incorporates learning about curriculum development, disease management and application of health assessment methods.

Master of Science in Nursing Careers

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has reported a significant increase in advanced degree nurses - 67% for master’s programs, which coincides with a recent initiative in the Institute of Medicine’s “Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” advocating for nurses to pursue a post-graduate degree to meet industry demands.

MSN prepared nurses have learned the skills and knowledge to fulfill advanced positions, such as roles of:

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Educator
  • Chief Nursing Executive
  • Nursing Unit Director
  • Nursing Administrator

Learn more about Sacred Heart’s accredited MSN program and the three in-demand specializations. Call Sacred Heart University at 877-791-7181 to speak with an admissions adviser or visit onlineprograms.sacredheart.edu to find out more.

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