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.
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 resource:www.aacn.org
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, certification, 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. SVSU FNP graduates in 2017 had a pass rate of 95% (21 out of 22) on their their national certification examination on the first attempt. This can be compared with the national pass rate for initial exams taken by FNP students of 80% in 2017 reported by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB). All SVSU FNP graduates take either the national certification examination from the AANP or from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in order to then obtain a license in the state of Michigan to practice as a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner.
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 resource:www.nursesource.org/executive.html
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 resource:www.nursesource.org/nurse_educator.html