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Indiana RN to MSN Bridge Programs

The nursing field is one of the most diverse and fluid professions in the entire country, constantly changing and adapting to changing needs in the health care sector. This is particularly true in Indiana, where a large population makes fast, efficient health care a priority. Nursing consulting is one example of a sector that has taken off in the nursing industry, and it's taken off in Indiana.

Whether you want to become a nursing consultant, educator, administrator, or health care provider, an RN-to-MSN bridge program may be the answer for you. These programs can take your Associate's degree and help you get an advanced nursing degree. Read on to learn more about the opportunities presented by this degree program, then request more information from the schools you are interested in learning more about.

You may want to look at the coursework involved in an RN-to-MSN program before you enroll in a program. You have to perform fairly competitively in your courses to compare to your peers and get in-demand clinical placements. Generally, all advanced nursing students take courses like Nursing Research, Leadership for Advanced Practice Nursing, and Nursing Theory. Nurse practitioner students may enroll in courses like Pathophysiology, Primary Health Care of Children, Primary Health Care of Adults, and Clinical Reasoning. In a leadership program, look forward to courses like Economic Analysis of Nursing and Health Systems, Measurement and Data Analysis, and Financial Management in Nursing. Nursing education courses include Teaching of Nursing, Nursing Curriculum, and Evaluation in Nursing.

You may be expected to tackle a number of learning outcomes as an MSN-level student. Instructors may be watching you to make sure you develop clinical proficiency and utilize nursing research in your decisions. They may also want to see that you can take on an appropriate leadership role in a nursing setting.

Practical experience is a fairly crucial part of advanced nursing education. Your clinical experience may be in a clinic or hospital if you are in a clinical track. Nurse education students may get their hours in a school. Nurse administration students can get experience in a variety of settings.

Indiana has an expanding need for nursing professionals, which is why there are so many scholarships, grants, and loan repayment plans for students that pursue an MSN. The Indiana Center for Nursing awards scholarships through several member organizations. Other scholarships, like the 21st Century Scholarship and the Frank O'Bannon Higher Education Award, are school-specific. If you are employed as a nurse, you may be able to look to them for assistance. The Union Hospital Foundation awards a fair number of nursing scholarships.

As a nursing professional, you may earn a fairly competitive salary in Indiana. O*Net reports that nursing instructors in Indiana earn an average salary of $63,000 per year. Their estimates indicates that nurse anesthetists bring in an average of $166,800 per year, which is over $15,000 higher than the national average (O*Net, 2013).

The job outlook in Indiana tends to be fairly strong. O*Net reports an expected 10 percent increase in nursing instructor jobs from 2012 to 2022. In this same time period, O*Net predicts a 29 percent increase in job openings for nurse practitioners.

The Indiana State Board of Nursing oversees the licensure of registered nurses and advanced practice nurses throughout the state. To become an advanced practice registered nurse, you need to pass a background check and pass an exam in your area of clinical expertise.

While getting your MSN may help you in your career, it can also have great benefits for the nursing community as a whole. The nursing community can benefit from your increased education and training, leading to enhanced health care for all of Indiana. Contact the schools on our site to learn more about which schools may best meet your needs.

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