As a working nurse who's experienced with the health care needs of the Pacific Northwest, are you looking for a way to further your career? For many nurses, a Master's degree in nursing may be a good choice. This degree can be the next step for people that want to pursue careers in nurse leadership, nurse education, or advanced nursing practice. To help you earn your MSN, Washington nursing schools have a variety of programs, including online and RN to MSN routes. Request information from the schools on this page to learn more about program specifics, which can help you select the right graduate nursing program to meet your needs.
As the Washington Nursing Action Coalition looks to expand the diversity of the nursing field and increase the amount of nurses that have advanced degrees, now may be a good time to look into a Master's degree.
When you peruse your program's curriculum, you may note that it includes courses from several different nursing specialties. The overall goal is to get a well-rounded nursing education. Courses commonly required for nursing students included Nursing Inquiry to Support Evidence-Based Practice, Health Politics, and Policy, Perspectives on Advanced Nursing Practice, & Clinical Reasoning and Assessment.
If you go into nursing leadership, you can often expect to take leadership and financial management courses on top of conventional nursing courses. Your clinical experience in this field often requires you to tackle the business and nursing sides of this specialty.
There are a variety of statewide and nationwide scholarships that can help you pay for school. The Washington State Nurses Foundation has awarded over $125,000 in scholarships to students. The Washington State Department of Health offers scholarships and loan repayment assistance to advanced nursing students.
If you're considering a career in advanced nursing practice, have you ever looked into primary care? Washington has a rapidly growing primary care shortage that has left many people and entire counties with little or no access to primary care physicians. The shortage is so significant that the state recently began a Primary Care Service Corps program that forgives student loans for nurse practitioners and other professionals that serve a shortage area for two years.
Until 2014, nurse practitioners in Washington were required to have a collaborative agreement with a physician. However, as of January 2015, nurse practitioners will be allowed to work independently with just a casual physician agreement. Many believe that nurse practitioners are a viable answer to the shortage.
The state of Washington is a beautiful state for nurses to work and live in. Nurses who have obtained their MSN degrees have many career options here, such as a nurse anesthetists or a pediatric nurse practitioner.
Nurse anesthetists ensure patients are healthy enough to undergo anesthesia and keep them safe and sedated during their procedure or surgery. In Washington, you have the potential to earn an annual salary of $161,800, based on the median annual salary of 2014 (O*Net, 2015). The demand for nurse anesthetists is expected to grow by 20 percent in this state between 2012 and 2022 (O*Net, 2015).
As a pediatric nurse practitioner you can work in a pediatric doctor's office, hospital, or urgent care setting. Pediatric nurse practitioners provide routine care to children, as well as treat and diagnose medical conditions. In the state of Washington, pediatric nurse practitioners can potentially earn around $99,600 per year, based on an annual median salary in 2014 (O*Net, 2015). It is predicted that there will be a 20 percent increase in job openings for nurse practitioners between 2012 and 2022 (O*Net, 2015).
To find out more about either of these careers or how to get started on your MSN degree, simply contact one of the schools listed on this page.