The ability to get a job in nursing has a projected increase of 19 percent in New Hampshire in the near future with 490 new RN job openings anticipated in the next decade (O*net, 2014). Many of these anticipated jobs will be available in hospitals, doctor's offices and home health care agencies, which gives you a good deal of options to choose from after earning your nursing degree in a Direct Entry MSN program in NH.
To find programs that allow you to become a master’s prepared nurse while applying credits from your previous non-nursing degree, contact the New Hampshire nursing schools on this page.
New Hampshire has Direct Entry Programs for nurses with bachelors or master's degrees in other areas besides nursing. The University of New Hampshire is a good example of a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program that requires 67 course credit hours and 300 clinical hours of study for completion. CNL nurses are trained to be leaders with management ability, and they are taught to manage and solve the patient problems that are complex within a systems framework. Once you have completed 58 credits of accelerated nursing study you can take the CNL national certification examination in your final semester.
The course of study includes two summer semesters, as these programs are fast paced, and allow for little time off once you begin. While time lengths and program requirements may differ, you can assume that you will be entering a rigorous and demanding program of study. Thankfully, your previous experience earning your degree will likely affect your success.
The specific requirements for the Direct Entry Masters in Nursing Program include those outlined below. All prerequisites must be completed prior to acceptance as well, according to most accelerated MSN programs in New Hampshire.
- Students must have an average GPA of 3.0 or better in all previous college course work, which includes Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology at the cellular level with a lab and Statistics
- Knowledge of the basic processes and methods of research is necessary
- The GRE and MAT are not usually required
- Two references from current professionals with graduate education backgrounds
- Resume or Curriculum vitae
- Applicants who are not native English speakers are required to demonstrate a sufficient level of proficiency by taking the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Even if you are not looking to choose the CNL route, you will find many of the courses are similar to those required in any MSN program, preparing you for leadership and advanced nursing practice.
The required courses for the direct entry Clinical Nurse Leader program include:
- Health Policy
- Nursing Science and Evidence-based Practice
- Advance Clinical Application of Human Physiology
- Health Care Systems and Leadership
- Clinical Epidemiology and Decision Analysis
- Clinical Nursing Leadership
- Clinical Nursing Leadership Clinical (300 hours)
- Promoting Quality Management
- Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone (112 clinical hours)
- Master's Thesis - CNL students may elect to complete a thesis that should be discussed with the student's faculty advisor early in the program of study.
Students must also pass the NCLEX-RN exam after completing 58 credits of accelerated study, and they take the CNL certification examination of their final semester.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center offers the credential examination , which reflects your specialized nursing skills. Passing the credential examination may help you find a wider choice of career positions. If you are a member of the American Nurses Association the cost for the exam is $200, but if you are a nonmember it is $350.
Clinical Nurse Specialists are often found in acute care settings, but there are positions and non-acute care environments for them as well. CNLs are specialist at diagnosing and treating illnesses, plus if they provide evidence-based interventions and treatments. Nurse specialist earn a mean annual salary of $68,910 as of May 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries are typically higher for nurses with graduate degrees, but they also depend upon your working experience and the type of work you do for your employer.
Keep in mind that there are several different types of direct entry masters in nursing programs in NH, include some that may offer online MSN options. You can use your Master’s in Nursing to teach, practice primary care, affect healthcare policy or even manage a large healthcare facility, depending upon which route of study you choose.
Be sure to visit the Financial Aid Office at your University and complete a FAFSA application, which is a federal government education grant and loan program. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation distributes more than $5 million in grant aid and loans annually to defray academic cost for students. Some of the scholarships are for the financial needy and others recognize good work, previous experience or excellence in previous academic achievements.
The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program pays for tuition, fees and other educational costs and also provides a monthly living stipend. When the student graduates they must fulfill a service commitment at a Critical Shortage Facility. Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. offers a scholarship for nurses enrolled in an accredited master's or doctorate level nursing program. These are just two of the multiple programs listed on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing website.
This is an excellent time for people with a bachelor's or master's degree who are unhappy in their career to enroll in the Direct Entry graduate program due to the nursing shortage. You will be able to count on job security, and you'll probably have a great sense of satisfaction after accomplishing this goal. Contact all the schools on our site that offer the direct entry nursing routes you are interested in to learn more.