Whether you want to become a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse leader, or nurse educator in the small state of Rhode Island, a master's degree in nursing may be key to your new career. A variety of schools in Rhode Island make it possible for you to take your nursing career to the next level.
One of the most popular ways to use a master's degree in nursing is to go into advanced practice. Rhode Island may have many opportunities for nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists, since they all benefit from full practice rights in this state. Local groups like the Rhode Island Action Coalition campaign to help advanced practice nurses play a large role in the state's health care system.
Specifically, going into practice as a nurse practitioner may present a variety of career options. EHR Intelligence notes that the amount of primary care practitioners in Rhode Island is growing; since nurse practitioners can practice independently, you may be able to tackle the primary care shortage in rural parts of the state.
Nursing education may be a good choice if you want to work with students at different levels of education. The Rhode Island Board of Education recently voted to open up a new nursing education facility that will likely require a whole new staff of master's-level nursing educators. Furthermore, registered nurses are ranked number four in a list of in-demand professionals in Rhode Island. Nursing educators are a crucial part of increasing the amount of graduating registered nurses.
Salaries for nurse professionals vary widely. O*Net indicates that nurse practitioners earn an average salary of $99,600. The average salary for a nurse educator is $70,700 per year (O*Net, 2012).
In general, you can plan on completing a master's degree in nursing in about two or three years. If you attend school full-time, it may be closer to two years; if you go part-time, it may be closer to three years. Most programs require between 35 and 50 credits. These credits include a mix of core courses and nursing specialty courses.
You may start out with core courses like Nursing Research, Advanced Leadership in the Health Policy Process, and Theories of Practice for Nursing. Nurse practitioner courses include Primary Health Care Nursing and Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses. If you go into a field like nursing administration, you may get your education via courses like Advanced Leadership in the Health Policy Process and Theoretical Study of Nursing Administration. Learning Theories and Educational Strategies for Health Professionals and Application of Learning Theories in Professional Practice are courses included in nursing education programs.
There are several Rhode Island organizations and nursing associations that award scholarships to master's-level nursing students. The Rhode Island Foundation is a large organization that offers over 150 scholarships. You can also apply for scholarships through the Nursing Foundation of Rhode Island. The Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing awards four scholarships every year.