Nebraska's Action Coalition has a vision to “Transform leadership. Embrace Diversity. Promote Best practices. Promote Quality Healthcare.” Healthcare is rapidly changing across the country, and there is a nursing shortage in almost every state, requiring more nurses to both enter the profession and expand their educations. If you are considering returning to school to advance your career, this may be an excellent time to seek out your graduate nursing degree. Nebraska can benefit from your endeavor, and you may be able to help achieve the goals set forth by the Action Coalition, noted above.
If you are interested in learning more about the nursing schools in Nebraska that offer master's degrees, simply contact those listed on our page to get details. As you begin to explore your options for getting your MSN in Nebraska, you will find that there are several roles for graduate nurses. Some of these include:
- Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Educator
- Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
- Clinical Nurse Specialists
- Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Executive
Many of the master’s degree programs in Nebraska have similar admissions requirements, which may include many or all of the following:
- Application with corresponding fee
- Official transcripts from every college and university you have attended
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
- BSN from an NLN or CCNE accredited college or university
- Successful completion of undergraduate statistics course and physical assessment course or equivalent
- A current, unencumbered RN license with Nebraska eligibility
- 2000 hours of professional nursing work experience and direct patient care prior to enrollment in clinical courses
- 4000 hours of direct patient care and level III NICU prior to enrollment in clinical neonatal courses
- 2000 hours of direct care and pediatrics prior to enrollment in clinical courses for those entering into a pediatric track
- A letter with short and long-term educational and professional goals
- Three references addressing your current and potential competency in nursing an academic potential
- If English is not your first language you must pass the TOEFL with a score of 600 on the Paper-Based test
As an example of the curriculum of a MSN program in NE, the Family Nurse Practitioner program requires 33 credit hours and 675 clinical hours.
The courses include:
- Pharmacology across the Lifespan for Advanced Nursing Practice
- Advanced Pathophysiology
- Advanced Health Assessment (60 laboratory hours)
- Practicum I: Health Assessment of Individuals across the Lifespan (75 clinical hours)
- Primary Care of Adult-Gerontology I, II
- Maternal and Well Child Care Management
- Practicum II: Family Nurse Practitioner (150 clinical hours)
- Child Care Management
- Practicum III: Family Nurse Practitioner (150 clinical hours)
- Primary Care of Adult-Gerontology III
- Residency: Family Nurse Practitioner (375 clinical hours)
The American Nurses Credentialing Center offers the exam for board certification that that you may take upon graduation to get your Nebraska nurse practitioner license. This credential is a reliable assessment of your clinical knowledge and skills, and it is valid for five years. If you are a member of the American Nurses Association the cost is $270 and the cost for nonmembers is $395. There are certifications available for many of the graduate level nursing specialties, so you will want to check into your licensing requirements regardless of the specialty you choose.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states the Nebraska nurse practitioners earned a mean annual income of $95,070 in May 2013. There are 113,370 nurse practitioners employed in Nebraska at this time, and this occupation is expected to grow due to the nursing shortage and the changing healthcare system.
If you are going to need financial aid, visit the Financial Aid Office and complete a FAFSA application first, which is a federal grant program. Creighton University offers five graduate scholarships, and they help to administer over 200 million and student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.
In addition to the Federal Health Grant there also Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity grants. Nebraska has a grant program also. There are low interest loans and loan repayment programs available through the Health Resources and Services Administration.
If you choose to get your graduate nursing degree, you may be able to position yourself in an expanded role of your choosing, which will give you a great deal of satisfaction and the respect of your peers. Contact the schools offering MSN programs in Nebraska to learn more today.