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MSN – Adult Nursing
At a Glance
Adult nursing is a great field to get into if students enjoy working with older patients and the conditions that affect them. One of the best ways to advance in this field is to get a master of science in nursing (MSN). With this type of nurse practitioner degree, students qualify to perform a number of high-level tasks, and these positions come attached with higher salaries. Adult nurses are in high demand across the country in private practices, hospitals, clinics, consulting firms, nursing homes, and many other types of healthcare facilities, so this is a great concentration to choose for a master’s degree education.
Working in adult nursing does not necessarily mean that students deal only with the elderly. In fact most adult nurses work with people under the age of 60 as often as they work with senior citizens. Many diseases only develop later in life, so students can choose to study one of these conditions if they want to further specialize. Alternatively, students can choose a part of the body, such as the circulatory system or nervous system, in which to specialize.
With an MSN, students may qualify to open their own private practice, depending on the state in which they live. Students can do so without the supervision of a physician, which means that they have more business options, since they are not relying on another person. This type of degree qualifies students to write prescriptions and treat more advanced conditions, so many facilities are hiring nurses with MSNs where they once hired doctors.