A Master's degree in nursing is one of the most flexible Master's degrees you can earn. This degree can lead you into many different nursing specialties, including leadership, research, and education. Kansas nursing schools recognize this fact, and as a result, there are now several different routes to earning your MSN in the state.
Prior to beginning your MSN, you should become familiar with your program's learning objectives. This can help ensure that you meet each and every objective as you move through your program. Objectives vary between MSN programs in Kansas. They may include learning how to integrate theory and evidence in nursing, applying evidence and research to practice, being able to influence nursing at the policy level, and collaborating with other health care colleagues.
To meet these goals, you will complete a variety of classes over two to three years of study. Nursing informatics, a unique field that combines nursing and information technology, requires you to complete courses like Knowledge Management in Health Care and Modeling of Health Care Information. A nurse educator track may include courses like Foundations of Nursing Education and Teaching Strategies. Direct care programs require you to complete a variety of clinical courses.
Thanks to several different national and Kansas organizations, you can apply for scholarships that may lower your educational expenses. The Kansas Nurses Foundation funds a variety of scholarships from $300 to $5,000. Nurse midwifery students may be interested in the graduate nursing scholarship awarded by the March of Dimes. The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program awards scholarships to nurses that work in Critical Shortage Facilities.
While most states are experiencing a shortage of primary care practitioners, it is particularly severe in Kansas. The Kansas Coalition for Action notes that almost 25% of Kansas counties are designated as primary care shortage areas. If you are willing to work in one of these counties, outlined by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, you may enjoy a variety of job opportunities. While advanced practice nurses in Kansas have a slightly restricted scope of practice, groups like the Kansas Coalition for Action aim to change that in the coming years.
The field of nursing education is also going through a considerable amount of growth. Due to a growing demand for nurses and other health professionals, the Kansas University Medical Center is devoting $25 million to a health education building. As the state aims to increase the number of nurses in its workforce, it will rely on nurse educators. The demand for nurse educators is clear when you look at the list of high-demand occupations from the Kansas Labor Information Center. Registered nurses and specialty nurses are the most in-demand professionals.
Kansas has started to make strides in senior health, according to Kansas City Public Media. From 2013 to 2014, Kansas improved by three rankings. As nursing homes and hospitals improve rankings in Kansas, they will rely on nurse practitioners, nurse leaders, and other types of Master's-level nurses. To find out more about Gerontology Master’s programs in Kansas, visit our specialty pages and request information from the schools you are interested in.
The Kansas State Nurses Association is working to legislate changes, which will improve access to quality healthcare. The Healthcare Quality program is designed so you can evaluate healthcare systems. One responsibility would be to implement evidence-based health care quality initiatives.
This type of position would be most useful in hospitals or clinics, and typically requires graduate level nursing education. Earning your MSN in Kansas can help position you as a nurse manager in this way. Quality Control Systems Managers in Kansas earned an average income of $92,470 (O*net, 2014).
Public Health nursing is also an expanding field in Kansas. As you work on your MSN degree you can focus on infectious disease control or occupational health. The Medical and Health Services Manager position is possible with a graduate degree, and you may supervise and evaluate the work of medical staff.
Public health nurses often work in city or state public health departments, schools, hospitals or correctional facilities. Kansas Health Service Manager’s median wages were $92,810 (O*net, 2014).
Earning your graduate degree may give you the opportunity for advancement in a challenging career that meets your goals. Reach out to Kansas schools with MSN programs below to get started.