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RN to MSN – Nurse Practitioner

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Serves: USA
Accredited: Yes
Enrollment: Several Terms
Financial Aid: Yes
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When students get their master’s degree in nursing, they have the choice of one of four education routes — nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse midwife, and certified nurse anesthetist. While all are great options, one of the most versatile is to become a nurse practitioner.

Essentially, nurse practitioners do the same jobs as RNs who have lower-level degrees, but students qualify to perform more tasks, such as diagnosing and treating minor medical conditions and writing prescriptions. In some states, nurses are even allowed to open their own practice. Furthermore, any RN to MSN program for nurse practitioners prepare students to be a leader in their field. Students qualify for management positions, which put them in a supervisory role and allow them to organize a team of other nurses or nursing assistants.

As a nurse practitioner, students can choose to specialize in an area of medicine that most interests them, so they are further prepared for the challenges in their specific field. Students can choose an education concentration in a type of disease or part of the body (like mental health), an certain patient group (like women’s health or gerontology), or even a business role (like leadership or health systems management). The key is to find a field that students enjoy and focus on their education so they are the top candidate for a job in that field.

Another option available for students is to go on to get their doctorate degree in nursing. This opens even more career doors for them, allowing them to qualify for top positions in the clinical world, as well as in research and education for nurses.

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