You know it because you see it every day: In today’s healthcare environment, the demand for registered nurses is growing to epic proportions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says this growth is projected to continue at 19% through 2022, which is faster than the average.
“There has never been a better time to choose nursing leadership as a career goal. The retirement of a large number of baby boomer nurse leaders will result in great career opportunities by the end of the decade,” says Dr. Rose Sherman, Professor of Nursing and an authority in nursing leadership. “The time to start preparing for these opportunities is now.” Within the nursing leadership fields, two concentrations continue to be the most versatile in terms of in-demand career paths: Master of Science (MSN), Concentration in Health Systems Leadership and MSN, Nursing Education.
MSN, Concentration in Health Systems Leadership:
The Time is NOW
A leader is, basically, someone who guides or directs a group. Being able to create, explain, and demonstrate a process is a gift not everyone has, which is why so many medical facilities and schools of learning are seeking these gifted leaders and supervisors more than ever. It’s truly “the gift that keeps on giving:” Nurses with postgraduate degrees are the leaders of tomorrow’s medical nursing students and healthcare professionals.
Leadership is also an effective and results-oriented method of influencing others. American Nurse Today says as you consider an MSN program, ask yourself if you have the qualities that nurses and medical caregivers want in their leaders and mentors:
- Passion for the job
- Clear vision and focus
- An ability to strategize
- Commitment to excellent healthcare delivery
- Commitment to helping others develop professionally
As a RN, you’ve been in their shoes and you know which procedures are difficult to understand, hard to execute, or will just plain trip you up when you least expect it. Sharing that valuable knowledge makes such a positive difference to a nursing student! As a nurse leader, you will be able to speak on . . .
- Theoretical foundations of nursing education
- The policy – and politics – of healthcare
- Healthcare statistics
- Medical technology
- Curriculum development
- Strategies to make learning easier in varied settings: classroom, online, and practicum
- How to integrate current technology into the educational and nursing environment
Why Should RNs Earn a Postgraduate Nursing Degree?
The push for nurses to continue their career advancement though education is intensifying, partly because patients and healthcare providers are demanding higher standards in every aspect of patient management. The days of advancement due to seniority have been replaced with a data-driven need for educated leadership.
RNs who enter a Master of Science in Nursing program will often have many different backgrounds, work experience and career goals, but all of them realize additional financial benefits and professional advancement as MSNs. Nursing is about making someone’s life better. Rather than impacting the lives of a few patients, you’ll be impacting the lives of thousands of patients, every year, who are being cared for by your nursing staff.
Medical and health service managers are also called medical “executives” or “administrators.” Additional certifications from professional organizations (American Nurses Credentialing Center, for example), may be desirable (but not necessary) after completing your MSN. Medical and Health Services Manager positions are among the fastest-growing careers, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates its growth at 23% by 2022, making this career the leader in occupational outlooks.
A master’s degree with a Health Systems Leadership concentration could be your first step to becoming a successful professional, academically trained in superior leadership skills. Academic and healthcare careers include:
- Community or government healthcare programs manager
- Director of Nursing
- Director of Professional Practice
- Director of Staff Development
- Nurse Administrator or Supervisor
- Nurse Supervisor
- Patient Education
- University/Nursing/Clinical Faculty
You know you want to pursue a leadership path toward professional advancement and additional responsibility, but how do you begin? As a RN in a busy, fast-paced medical environment, just getting noticed – in a positive way – is difficult! The way to “get ahead” in our new healthcare environment is through additional education, and a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Health Systems Leadership is the right direction.
John Quincy Adams said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more…learn more…do more…and become more…you are a leader.” And you are needed!
— Amelia Elizabeth (@nrseamelia) July 21, 2015
Your Next Step is the Master of Science in Nursing
A Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Leadership from ECPI University’s College of Nursing could be proof of your leadership skills and advanced academic knowledge in the field of nursing and medicine. At ECPI University, our faculty is all about YOU and YOUR SUCCESS, so contact us today for more information—it could be the Best Decision You Ever Make!
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