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Benefits of a Master of Science in Nursing

Graduate education in nursing is the minimum requirement for a wide variety of leadership positions, including the following options for which you can prepare with the Master of Science in Nursing degree.

Clinical Nurse Leader

The Clinical Nurse Leader designs, implements, and evaluates care at the unit level based on professional standards, protocols, and research. Responsibilities include coordination of interdisciplinary teams in provision of quality care, promotion of best practices, and advocacy for care improvements. Web

Family Nurse Practitioner

An FNP is independently licensed to practice advanced practice nursing and can own a practice (in Michigan; laws vary among states). Upon graduation, there are many positions to choose from that pay well with good benefits. FNPs are in great demand and can virtually practice where they want geographically, in the type of setting they prefer, either full-time or part-time. Currently, FNPs upon graduation, certication, and licensure can take a position in an underserved area, such as a rural area (Gladwin) or an inner city clinic (Saginaw) and over several years may have their entire student loan forgiven. FNPs make a difference in patients’ lives. Being a nurse and a primary health care provider is a great combination of competence and caring, which results in satisfied patients with good outcomes.


The nurse administrator is accountable for staffing, resource acquisition and distribution, and patient care services within a health care system. Responsibilities include development and maintenance of programs consistent with the organizational mission and vision, interdisciplinary collaboration for provision of quality care that is cost effective, staff support, and patient satisfaction. Web


The nurse educator develops and utilizes nursing and health curricula for academic preparation of new nurses, staff development of current health professionals, and community education projects. Responsibilities include provision of quality educational experiences based on the mission of their employer, needs of the students, and the latest scientific evidence. Web  


Nursing salaries, according to the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses:

Management/Administration: Senior Management $96,735
Management/Administration $78,356
Consultant $76,473
Informatics Nurse $75,242
Management/Administration: Middle Management $74,799
Management/Administration: First-Line Management      $72,006

The nurse faculty salary conundrum

Unfortunately, some experts are concerned that nursing faculty salaries are not keeping up.  Regardless of their education, nursing faculty members rarely seem to crack the $70,000 mark.  The average salary for nurses engaged in instruction as their primary job in 2008 was $65,844, according to the sample survey data. November 2010)