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MSN Degree Caters to RNs Seeking Career Advancement

MSN Degree Caters to RNs Seeking Career Advancement

There’s a perfect storm brewing in the nursing industry. With a rising shortage of Registered Nurses (RNs) in conjunction with an aging population, the nationwide demand for well-trained nurse educators and leaders is projected for continued rapid growth. Ottawa University is addressing this need by providing nurses with an opportunity for career advancement through its Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program.

RN-MSN Bridge Program

OU’s accelerated online MSN is designed for RNs who have graduated from an accredited program. A current, unrestricted RN license obtained in the U.S. is required. The fully online RN-to-MSN program can help students fulfill career goals and increase their overall earning potential. This unique program was designed for busy professionals who need a flexible schedule with the added option of accelerating their learning. Our graduates will be empowered as servant leaders in the nursing profession as they improve health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities in a wide variety of settings.

Furthermore, Ottawa’s Master of Science in Nursing provides personalized attention by expert faculty and staff to ensure you have the support you need to succeed, patient-focused curriculum designed to assist graduates to function in today’s complex educational and/or health care systems and highly qualified instructors with years of real-world experience. The degree allows students to tailor their MSN degree to meet their specific career goals by selecting one of two concentrations.

MSN Concentrations:

Nurse Educator: As advances in our health care system continue to improve and enhance the quality of life and life expectancy, there is a critical need to increase nurse educators in our industry that can prepare nurses at all levels to meet the provision of nursing services that the population will require. This concentration track, as part of OU’s online MSN, provides you with the tools necessary to step into the classroom to create future leaders who can make a difference in health care.

 Nurse Leader: The demand for well-trained nurse leaders is projected for continued rapid growth as the industry seeks professionals who have what it takes to make decisions at higher levels of health care leadership. This MSN concentration track provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to pursue management and executive-level positions. It allows you to help set standards of excellence for quality care in health-care organizations of all sizes.

Career Outlook

Whichever concentration track nursing students choose, they will work toward achieving an exciting career in nursing with incredible upside for future advancement. The average annual salary of a nurse educator in February 2021 was $76,590, and employment in the field is projected to grow 24% through 2026, according to PayScale.com. Likewise, PayScale reported the average annual salary of a nurse leader as of August 2020 was $82,100. In general, RNs are expected to see job growth of 16% through 2026, which is a much faster average than for all other occupations. Approximately 438,100 new RN jobs will be created by 2026 with many of them being nurse educators or leaders.

Curriculum

The courses in Ottawa’s MSN program are 100% online and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the leading accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate degree nursing programs in the United States. Curriculum includes standards for scholarly writing and linkages between theory, practice, and research in advanced nursing practice. Core competencies vital to all advanced practice roles and health care in complex systems are also addressed. In addition, students explore the complex ethical responsibilities that are faced by today’s nursing leaders.

Why Choose Ottawa?

OU makes it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated eight-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. Ottawa’s online nursing graduate degree program has been designed to produce skilled and compassionate health-care professionals, who are broadly educated, skillfully disciplined, and highly principled.

Career advancement awaits with the best, fastest, and most affordable online Master of Science in Nursing degree in in the institution’s adult markets in Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix. If you have questions about Ottawa University’s online RN-MSN program, contact us today!

Posted: 03/01/2021 by OU Online
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