With its tight-knit communities and rapidly-growing population, New Hampshire is the site of a growing body of health care needs. While working as a registered nurse, you've likely gained invaluable experience and insight into New Hampshire's health care field. With a Master's in Nursing degree, you can have an even greater impact on your community. If you are ready to begin your journey into advanced practice nursing, compare the programs available, and submit a request for information to those schools that offer the educational track you are looking for.
There are many different Master's-level nursing specialties in New Hampshire, from evidence based nursing and family nurse practitioner to clinical nurse leader and nursing education. These degrees tend to require between two and three years of school, since they require you to complete 30 to 50 credits.
Whichever specialty you pursue, you can plan on taking a mix of theory-based and clinical courses. While patient care degrees may take you into clinics and hospitals to interact directly with patients, a nursing education degree may put you in a classroom with lower-level nursing students. Nursing leadership and research degrees may mix research time with management time for the best blend of experience.
Applying for nursing scholarships can greatly decrease the amount of student debt you take on. On a nationwide scale, look into the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program. This program provides funding to students who work in a Critical Shortage Facility after graduating. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation awards scholarships to nursing students throughout the state.
If you want to continue a career in direct patient care, there are several benefits of working in New Hampshire. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners notes that New Hampshire advanced practice nurses, including nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and nurse anesthetists, can work independently throughout the state. This may make it easier to find a job, open an independent practice, and practice to the full scope of your education.
Transforming nursing education is another goal of many MSN programs. The New Hampshire Action Coalition notes that the state has a growing need for both Associate's-level and Bachelor's-level nurses. With a Master's degree in nursing education, you can teach nursing students at these levels and do your part to decrease the nursing shortage. A number of movements in New Hampshire are aiming to increase the number of registered nurses over the next five years, an initiative that requires the support of nurse educators.
New Hampshire offers many rewarding career opportunities for masters prepared nurses. These careers include nurse case managers and nurse midwives.
As a nurse case manager you will work with families, insurance companies, and other healthcare providers to ensure the best care care possible. Nurse case managers collaborate to help patients get all the resources they deserve. In New Hampshire, nurse case managers can potentially earn $57,000 annually, based on the 2014 annual median income for the state (O*Net, 2015). The demand for nurse case managers is expected to grow by 25 percent between 2012 and 2022 (O*Net, 2015).
If you are interested in being a positive influence in the field of pregnancy and childbirth, a Master's degree in nurse midwifery can help you reach your career goals. The Daily Hampshire Gazette notes that local hospitals are trying to hire more nurse midwives to bridge the gap left by an obstetrician shortage.
Working as a nurse midwife will provide you with the rewarding job of helping mothers during their pregnancies and births. Nurse midwives work in clinics, hospitals, and free-standing birth centers. As a nurse midwife in New Hampshire you could potentially earn a yearly salary of $102,300, based on 2014 median annual income figures (O*net, 2015). Nurse midwives are currently in high demand, with an expected 30 percent increase in jobs between 2012 and 2022 (O*Net, 2015).
For more information or to get started on your MSN career path, contact any of the schools listed on this page.