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RN to MSN – Leadership
At a Glance
Getting a master’s degree is the fastest way to advance in the medical field, and if students already have an associate’s degree in nursing, joining an RN to MSN program is the easiest way to achieve your educational goals. Many master’s degree programs allow students to focus on one area of nursing, and for many, the best option is a concentration in nurse leadership. (Dual MSN/MBA degrees in nurse leadership are also available.)
This kind of concentration is one of the most versatile options for nurses, as it allows students to prepare for both clinical jobs, as well as position in both research and education. Nurse leadership programs cover classes in ethics, organization, business administration, public relations, human resources, and financial planning. Students could also be offered advance courses on international policy, law, accounting, and other management-related topics.
In addition, any RN to MSN program, regardless of concentration, includes a number of courses that teach students how to be a better nurse. As an advanced practice nurse, students are legally able to diagnose and treat a number of minor medical conditions. In some states, nurses can even choose to open their own practice. So, a strong educational foundation in nursing is important. Students are required to complete a number of clinical hours before they can be awarded their master’s degree. At this point, though, students can choose to work as a nurse or they can work in more of a management position within a healthcare facility or other health-related business.