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Master's in Nursing Schools in Oklahoma

Are you considering a career in health care that can help you serve your community and provide evidence-based care? A Master's degree in nursing may be the degree you're looking for. It has many different specialties, so you can choose a degree path that can help you reach your goals.

Oklahoma Nursing Education

MSN programs in Oklahoma tend to have fairly rigorous admissions requirements. After all, an MSN can qualify you for various high-level nursing positions, so it's important to demonstrate your abilities. You should have a strong academic resume as well as some nursing experience. Many schools now require at least one year of nursing experience as a prerequisite to attending MSN programs in Ohio.

Your course schedule will depend on what school you attend. While a select few schools have full-time MSN programs, most programs are designed to be completed on a part-time basis. RN to MSN programs in Ohio can be completed full or part time, and are a good choice, as most schools apply previous credits earned to your graduate studies.

Courses required in most Master's degree programs include Background for Nursing Practice, Systems Leadership in Nursing, Quality Improvement in Nursing, and Evidence-Based Practice. A nurse educator track may include courses like Testing and Evaluation in Nursing, while a nursing leadership program may require you to take classes like Leadership in Health Care Systems. Nurse practitioner programs tend to cover various populations with classes like Primary Health Care for Women and Primary Health Care for Children.

You can begin your scholarship search as soon as you get accepted to a Master's of Nursing program. Hillcrest Medical Center offers nursing scholarships to current employees. The Nursing Student Assistance Program of PMTC offers scholarships and loans.
Compare schools and request program information today to learn more about your options for earning your MSN in Ohio.

Working With Your MSN in Oklahoma

One of the advantages of starting a career in an advanced nursing field is the amount of support available in Oklahoma. For example, the Oklahoma Action Coalition is constantly working to improve the state of nursing education and practice in Oklahoma. This is important, since nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses have a limited scope of practice rights in this state. The Oklahoma Action Coalition and other group hope to change this in the coming years.

Nursing education is a field that has lots of exciting opportunities for Master's-level nurses. With so many different degree options for aspiring nurses, nurse educators must be flexible and able to serve different types of students. A degree in nurse education may prepare you to teach clinical skills, bedside manner, and nursing safety.

Nurse practitioners in Oklahoma fill a very important need. The Oklahoma Policy Institute notes that Oklahoma has a severe primary care physician shortage. In fact, Oklahoma ranks 49th in terms of access to primary care providers. News 9 reports that most Oklahoma shortages are in rural areas.

As an advanced practice psychiatric nurse, you can work with patients of all ages to diagnose and treat mental illnesses and psychiatric conditions. You can also prescribe medications. You can potentially earn an annual salary of $57,300 as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse in the state of Oklahoma, based on 2014 annual median salary figures (O*Net, 2015). There is a predicted 17 percent increase in demand for this career between 2012 and 2022 as well (O*Net, 2015).

If you enjoy computers and technology, but also enjoy your career as an RN, you might enjoy a career as a nurse informatics specialist. In this career, you can combine your clinical nursing knowledge and real-world experience with technology to create and implement new ways of documenting and storing clinical healthcare data. As a nurse informatics specialist you can potentially make $70,500 per year, based on 2014 annual median salary figures (O*Net, 2015). Between the years 2012 and 2022 there is a predicted 21 percent increase in the need for nurses in this field (O*Net, 2015).

To find out more about obtaining your MSN degree or these careers, contact any of the schools listed on this page.

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