No matter how you want to advance your nursing career, it's likely that a Master's degree in nursing can help you reach your goals. With diverse programs ranging from nurse anesthetist to forensic nursing, Massachusetts MSN programs are designed to build upon your existing knowledge and experience in order to prepare for a role as a leader in the nursing profession.
As a Master's prepared nurse, you can benefit from the advocacy efforts of the Massachusetts Action Coalition. Their goals include creating a culture of nursing leadership and using nursing workforce data to create a better workplace experience for nurses. If you want to go into advanced practice, their efforts to increase the scope of practice for advanced practice nurses can support you in your work. This comes at a time when others begin to advocate for advanced practice nurses in Massachusetts.
One school in Massachusetts has a school nurse practitioner program, making it a draw for community based nursing advocates across the nation. A recent research study in Massachusetts demonstrated that full-time school nurses save money for schools and parents. As schools begin to act on this research, there may be even more opportunities for nurses in this specialty.
Since there are so many routes you can follow to earn an MSN in Massachusetts, the amount of time you spend in school and classes you take will really depend on which degree you decide to earn. Popular routes include nurse practitioner, mental health, nursing leadership and business management, clinical nurse specialist, and gerontology.
Typically, a Master's in Nursing takes two to three years of school if you have a Bachelor's degree in nursing. Some schools allow you to attend full-time, but many programs run part-time to accommodate working nurses. There are also online MSN programs in Massachusetts, as well as bridge programs for RNs without a Bachelor’s degree. If you have a non-nursing degree, you may be able to attend a direct entry program, applying some of your previous credits to the program. Research the schools on our site to find the MSN route that will work best for you.
The curriculum for most of the Master’s of Nursing programs in Massachusetts contains a mix of classroom and clinical courses. Clinical courses for advanced practice nurses may take you into hospitals and clinics, while nursing education clinical courses involve teaching undergraduate students. If you're going into nursing leadership or management, your clinical work may test your ability to lead in different health care settings.
There are many public and private Massachusetts organizations that fund MSN scholarships. The Massachusetts Nurses Foundation, one of the largest foundations in the state, awards multiple scholarships every year. If you want to go into long-term care for seniors, the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation Scholarship Program may be an option for you. The Massachusetts American Nurses Association funds two nursing scholarships each academic year.
While advanced nurses of all specialties are in demand, there's a particular need for those who focus on primary care. The shortage of primary care practitioners is increasing rapidly in Massachusetts. Since nurse practitioners can do many of the same tasks as physicians, there may be job openings throughout the state for primary care nurse practitioners. Nursing schools in Massachusetts are responding by expanding their MSN offerings, in an effort to meet the states ever increasing healthcare delivery needs.
There are several schools in Massachusetts that offer nursing Master’s degrees in a variety of specialties. Two of your options are listed below, along with salary and descriptions. You can learn more about all of your options by contacting schools for details.
A Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specializes in providing comprehensive healthcare for children from birth through age 21. The care they provide rages from acute, episodic to chronic healthcare. The annual wages they can expect is $93,350 (O*net, 2014).
Another opportunity is becoming a Psychiatric/Mental Health Lifespan Nurse Practitioner. This program prepares a nurse to deliver advanced primary mental healthcare for patients of all ages. This advanced practice nurse in Massachusetts earned an annual compensation of $66,640 (O*net, 2014).
This is an excellent time to get a master’s degree, as the demand is increasing for graduate nurses. You not only have the chance for advancement in your career, you are also helping nursing as a whole.