If you're looking for a way to increase your scope of practice as a nurse, play a more significant role in Hawaii's nursing community, and delve into a nursing specialty, a Master's in Nursing may be the next step in your career.
Nursing schools in Hawaii offer a variety of opportunities becoming graduate-level nurses. Throughout Hawaii, health care organizations are aiming to improve patient satisfaction scores, and higher educational levels among working nurses is one way to achieve this aim. Whether you want to be involved in direct practice, research, teaching, or management, the skills you bring to the table as a Master's prepared nurse can contribute to improving health care quality in Hawaii.
If you want to go into primary care as a nurse practitioner, you may be able to provide valuable healthcare services to under-served Hawaiian communities. The Hawaii Office of Primary Care and Rural Health reports on many primary care shortage areas in the state. Since nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives enjoy full practice rights in Hawaii, you can help fill the primary care gap through independent nursing practice.
There are many routes you can take to earn a Master's in Nursing. Nursing schools in Hawaii offer a variety of MSN routes such as adult nurse practitioner, Master's in Nursing/Master's in Business Administration, nursing education, and pediatric nurse practitioner. The amount of credits you have to complete depends on what your prior education is. If you have an ADN or a Bachelor's degree in an unrelated field, you may spend up to four years in school. If you have a BSN, your degree should take between two and three years.
Some of the core courses required for all specialties include Pathophysiology, Advanced Health Assessment, and Foundations of Nursing Science. If you go the route of nurse practitioner, you may need to take many clinical courses in caring for adults, children, and other populations. Nursing education courses take you into local classrooms so you can learn how to teach basic and advanced nursing principles to students.
There are many high-value nursing scholarships in Hawaii. Apply early and often to have a better chance of getting selected. The Army Nurse Corps Association awards scholarships to graduate-level nurse practitioner and nurse anesthesia students. You may be eligible for a $2,500 scholarship from the AfterCollege Scholarship Fund if you are pursuing an RN-to-MSN program. If you are a native Hawaiian, consider applying for the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship. This scholarship requires you to work in a Critical Shortage Facility after graduation.
Hawaii has two accredited programs for RN-to-MSN students. Becoming an advanced practice nurse provides career opportunities for nurses.
For instance, if you choose to become a Clinical Nurse Specialist’s (CNL) with advanced training and skills, you may have many opportunities in hospitals and other locations. CNLs can lead, mentor or consult with other healthcare staff in an acute care setting. These specialists earn an average income of $66,640, (O*net, 2014).
They may become board certified in specialty areas, such as cardiology, diabetes, intensive care, pediatric, emergency department or in cardiothoracic surgery. As the environment of nursing care in Hawaii changes, there may also be more openings for nurse midwives. JAMA reports that nurse midwives are being used more and more to provide high-quality and affordable maternity care.
Advanced Public Health Nurse (PHN) is another career choice in the RN–to–MSN programs in Hawaii. PHNs with a graduate degree may supervise and collaborate with other healthcare professionals in the Hawaii Department of Health, in schools or in a variety of other facilities to provide care at the community level.
PHNs are client advocates, health educators and health screeners as they facilitate healthy lifestyles to prevent disease across the lifespan. Their mean average income is $92,810 (O*net, 2014).
An RN-to-MSN may advance your career in a very positive manner, with a higher level of responsibility and a higher income. Contact the schools below to learn more.