As the largest state in New England, Maine is a regional leader in nursing practice and policy. If you're already a nurse, you know what a crucial role nurses play in hospitals, nursing homes, and health care organizations. Going to graduate school to earn your Master's degree in Nursing from one of the nursing schools in Maine can prepare you to become a leader in your workplace. There are several nursing programs in Maine, ranging from traditional Master’s of Science in Nursing to RN to MSN Bridge programs and online options. Contact schools today to learn more about how you can take your nursing career and practice to the next stage.
If you have a Bachelor's degree in nursing, you can generally earn an MSN in two years of full-time study or three years of part-time study. In order to complete your degree on a timely basis, you may have to take classes year-round.
Each specialty requires clinical hours. While direct care specialties tend to have the highest clinical requirements, leadership and education tracks also require you to put your skills to use during clinical courses.
Course requirements vary between degrees. In an MSN/MBA program, you may take courses like Financial Accounting and Nursing Research. Nurse education includes classes like Methods of Education in Nursing and Health Assessment & Pharmacology. Classes required in the nurse practitioner route include Primary Health Care of Adults and Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics.
Upon being accepted to an MSN program in Maine, you can start applying for scholarships. OMNE Nursing Leaders of Maine awards a scholarship of $500 every year. The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program is an option for students who are willing to work in a Critical Shortage Facility.
According to the Maine Action Coalition, there are several areas in which highly-educated nurses are needed. Maine has a large aging population, so Master's-level nurses with a focus in adult care can deliver evidence-based care to this population.
In addition, Worcester Magazine notes that the preterm birth rate in Maine has increased significantly in recent years. Nurse midwives can play an important role in low-risk pregnancies by educating patients on proper prenatal care and minimizing preterm labor risk factors.
The RN to MSN program is one of the answers to meeting the nursing shortage with nurses trained in leadership and multiple specialty options. These program are specifically designed for you to succeed, especially if you have a record of academic excellence.
Nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives all enjoy full freedom of practice in Maine. This means that if you enter a direct care specialty, you can practice anywhere in Maine without the oversight of a supervising physician.
The job outlook for nurses with advanced degrees is strong in Maine. The Center for Workforce Research and Information identifies three main growth areas in nursing: registered nurses, health services managers, and nurse educators. Registered nursing is the fastest-growing field in the state, and nurse educators are needed to prepare the incoming generation of nurses for practice in Maine. With a combination degree in nursing and business administration, you may be able to fill the role of health services manager.
Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner is an excellent career choice due to the growing elderly population. You may become a nurse practitioner that treats adult or gerontology patients in acute or primary care. In Maine the average median wage for Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse practitioners was $95,350 (O*Net, 2014).
If you are considering becoming a nurse educator, you may have job security as there is a shortage of educators in Maine. This is a fulfilling position where you plan course work, teach nurses at universities, colleges or provide continuing education and hospital, and it is a position that helps the nursing profession as a whole. Nurse educators in Maine earned an average income of $50,430, (O*Net, 2014).
Getting your graduate degree may advance your career at a rapid pace and position you to earn a higher income. Learn more by contacting the schools below.