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Your Career

While demand for registered nurses is expected to continue accelerated growth over the next decade, demand for advanced practice nurses and for nurse managers with advanced degrees is also expected to grow much faster than average between 2016 and 2026.

Employment opportunities for nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses should grow by 31% by 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, opportunities for managers are expected to increase by 20%. AHU’s Online MSN program will provide you with the skills you need to become a leader in the field of nursing.

Top Careers for MSN Graduates

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    Chief Nursing Officer

    Median Salary: $129,572

    The Administration and Leadership track of the MSN program can prepare you for a career as a Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). CNOs are responsible for ensuring that patients receive adequate and appropriate care. They also work with other members of a hospital’s leadership team to design patient care strategies that are innovative and effective. CNOs are also primarily responsible for making sure that hospitals are appropriately staffed during every shift. They serve as liaisons between hospital management and the nursing staff. Source.

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    Director of Nursing

    Median Salary: $88,801

    Your Online MSN can prepare you for the role of Director of Nursing. If you are considering the Administration and Leadership track and find yourself drawn to an operational role, being a Director of Nursing might be in your future.  Directors of Nursing are often responsible for training other nurses, making the job ideal for RNs who hope to move beyond patient care and into an education or administrative position. The position also requires a thorough understanding of current healthcare laws, so it’s important to have a strong knowledge of current policy. Source.

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    Nurse Educator

    Median Salary: $76,446

    Nurse Educators provide clinical training for nursing students and/or staff RNs, ensuring that they learn and stay current on standards of practice, procedures and protocols, patient care expectations, health policy, and medical research. The Education track of the MSN program prepares graduates to serve as a nurse educator in an academic or clinical setting, broadening the possibilities for employment as a clinical faculty member, public health nurse, director of nursing professional development, or even dean of nursing at a college or university.  Source.

How AHU's Online MSN Program Can Help Advance Your Career

Many nurses start out in the field wanting to help and care for others. Although patient care and treatment can remain a part of your responsibilities as you move up the career ladder, many nurses find that developing management, educational, and business skills help them advance in their careers.

During the MSN program, you will:

  • Build upon your foundational nursing knowledge.
  • Develop business skills and learn how they apply in a healthcare setting.
  • Learn how to advocate for important healthcare reform.
  • Network and collaborate with other healthcare professionals in various disciplines
  • Have the opportunity to re-imagine the role of a nurse in various communities.

If you are ready to take your nursing career to the next level, learn more about the MSN program today.