The Southeast Missourian reports a shortage of nurses in Missouri, particularly in hospitals, just as is seen nationwide. The problem is not that no one wants to become a nurse, but that qualified applicants are being turned away due to a lack of Nurse Educators. The paper reports that in 2010, a task force of representatives from area hospitals, businesses and colleges developed an advisory committee to analyze the nursing shortage and increase the capacity for more nursing programs.
One of the results of this committee is a group of colleges and universities with expanding nursing programs. Colleges in Southeast Missouri have been successful in creating bridge programs for increasing the number of nurses. As a result, if you are thinking of changing careers and becoming a nurse, there are now direct entry Master’s in Nursing programs that you can attend to enter the profession.
Take a moment to request information from the schools on our site to learn more about your options for earning your accelerated MSN degree in the state of Missouri.
One of the universities with an Accelerated Generalist Masters of Science in Nursing (AGMSN) is Saint Louis University, School of Nursing. This is a 21 month program specifically designed for individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree but are not registered nurses. This Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) role was developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in collaboration with the nursing practice leaders and educators.
This clinical leadership role focuses on outcomes measurement, quality improvement, risk assessment and inter-professional communication, which uses evidence-based practice as a core principle. Graduates of this program are eligible for the NCLEX-RN and certification by taking the CNL exam.
The admission requirements include:
- A baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited college or University
- Official transcripts from every college or university attended
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or greater
- Completion of the following prerequisite courses within the past five years; Microbiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology (6-8 credit hours) and Inferential Statistics.
- Two letters of recommendation from recent supervisors, community leaders or former faculty
- A personal statement which delineates your background, leadership potential and anticipated nursing career trajectory immediately after graduation plus 5 years post–graduation as well as why you have decided upon this trajectory
The curriculum of a direct entry MSN program will have a good number of similarities regardless of the specialty you choose. Some courses are offered online and others require attendance at the University without an option ford distance study. Some of the most common courses that are found in an accelerated CNL programs are outlined below. Keep in mind, your program may vary slightly, according to the focus you choose.
- Pharmacology and Nursing Practice
- Advanced Health Assessment for the Generalist Nurse
- Advanced Pathophysiology
- Nursing Strategies for Health Promotion
- Nursing Strategies in Physiological Health Alterations
- Nursing Strategies in Psychosocial Health Alterations
- Evidence-based Practice for the Advanced Generalist Nurse
- Health Care Systems and Policy
- Clinical Studies I, II, III
- Ethics in Nursing and Health Care (online)
- Advanced Clinical Studies (plus IPE Team Seminar)
- Clinical Nursing Leadership for Advance Generalist
- Case Management 1 Elective (first half)
- Case Management 2 (second half)
- Elective (2-3 credits)
- Elective (optional 2-3 credits)
After graduation it is a good idea to take the certification examination offered by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. If you take the exam the first time at a school of nursing the cost is $345, but if you take the exam at a testing center the cost is $410. This is a computer-based, three-hour exam that recognizes nurses who demonstrate professional standards and knowledge by passing this exam. The certification may help you get the type of position that you desire, as employers will note this achievement on your part.
The Saint Louis University suggests that all students visit the Office of Student Financial Services for information on financial aid and scholarships. Graduate nursing scholarships are available to eligible students. There is a large number of scholarships listed on their website. If you are in a low income bracket be sure to fill out the FAFSA application available in their office, which is a federal grant program.
The Missouri Department of Higher Education has awarded numerous universities money for grants or scholarships. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration has scholarships available for disadvantaged students that want to get a graduate degree in nursing. They also have a loan repayment program for students of willing to work in Health Professional Shortage Areas for two years in exchange for $50,000. In addition, there are low interest loans over available.
If you have a bachelor's degree but are ready to change your current career, an accelerated MSN program may be the key your future. You will likely have a sense of satisfaction after graduation, and you may find yourself in the rewarding career that you deserve. Contact the Missouri nursing schools on our site to learn more about this option.