The nursing shortage in Utah has been temporarily abated. Many nurses have not retired due to the economy, but with healthcare becoming more complex, well-educated nurses will be needed. It is believed that nationally one third of the nurses will retire within five to ten years. Utah wants more post-graduate nurses for the future, and more Nurse Educators. The Utah Action Coalition is focused on encouraging nurses to increase their educational level. This is an ideal time for you to begin work on your graduate degree as many new job opportunities will be available over the next few years.
There are many new nursing graduate programs available in Utah and also with online colleges. Some of these programs include:
- Adult Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist
- MSN in Community Health, MSN in Wellness
- Nurse Educator
- Nurse Midwifery
- Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration
- Nurse Anesthesia
- Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
The University of Utah College of nursing offers a MS degree in Care Management which can specifically focus on Geriatric Care Management. The medical treatments and therapies are growing more complex and with the baby boomers aging there are more patients with chronic healthcare conditions that require highly educated nurses. Having your master's degree will make you better prepared to use a systems approach, which addresses quality outcomes.
This program requires some prerequisite courses which include: Introduction to Statistical Interference, Statistical Methods in Psychology and Social Statistics.
If you want to apply to the graduate program the requirements include:
- Indicate if you are a Utah resident
- GRE scores are required if your GPA is below 3.20
- Enter the date you took the NCLEX and if you passed or failed
- Curriculum Vitae/Resume
- A statement of purpose with professional goals, including research goals and interest
- Send a copy of your current RN license
The MS program for Care Management has the following curriculum:
- Evidence Base Practice I
- Introduction to Information & Information Tech
- Advance Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan
- Professional Role and Collaboration
- Care Management: Clinical Issues
- Mentoring & Precept in: Theory & Practice
- Advance Physical Assessment & Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
- Care Management Practicum for Individuals
- Quality Improvement in Health Care
- Approved Elective
- US Health Care: Systems & Policy
- Care Management: Professional, Legal, Financial & Business Issues
- Care Management Practicum for Populations
- Masters Synthesis
- IPE Simulation Experience
There are 38 credit hours required for this program along with clinical hours for the various courses.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center offers a credential award for Gerontological Nursing with a competency based exam that is a reliable assessment of your knowledge and skills. Successfully passing this exam will earn you the credentia is worthwhile because you can put this credential on your resume. This is respected certification by employers. If you are an American Nurses Association member, the cost of the test is $270, and if you are a member of the National Gerontological Nursing Association the fee is $340. Non-members must pay $395.
According to O'Net OnLine Acute Care Nurses in Utah earned an annual median salary of $66,220 in 2012, but with a graduate degree in Gerontological Nursing you may earn a much higher salary. Salaries depend on education, credentials, experience and employers, so it is difficult to know exactly how much you might earn without taking all those factors into account. With the increasing growth of the baby boomer generation there is job security when you have expertise in geriatric nursing.
If you need help with tuition expenses, visit the Financial Aid office at your university to complete a FAFSA application, which is a federal grant program for low income students. The Health Resources and Services Administration also offers scholarships, low income loans and loan repayment programs. Nurse Corps is a loan repayment program for you work for two years in a Critical Shortage Facility to receive 60 percent of your education loan balance.
The Utah Nurses Association offers scholarships for Utah nurses, and the University of Utah also offers graduate scholarships for the graduate Gerontology Nursing program.
Earning your graduate degree may position you in a career position that is perfect for your goals, and it may increase your income. Make the first step in furthering your education by requesting information from the schools on our site. Feel free to request info from multiple sites to make a good comparison and discover the best program for you!