If your goal is to help create a healthy community and enter a leadership role in North Dakota's medical industry, then you should consider enrolling in a Master of Science in Nursing program that has a focus in public health. Public health nursing allows you to promote public safety and health while preventing disabilities and diseases, and as a public health nurse, you will be able to serve in various critical roles at the local and federal levels. Unique relationships and clinical knowledge permit you to assist with healthcare policy design and implementation, allowing you to work with underserved populations.
You may find yourself performing a variety of nursing interventions:
- Vaccinating individuals
- Conducting research
- Providing educational classes
- Setting safety standards
- Developing nutritional programs
No matter the leadership or management role, you will need to further your education by earning your MSN degree. North Dakota has various RN to MSN programs, but you should enroll in a program that has achieved proper accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Being the national accreditation agency, the CCNE approves nursing programs that have maintained course integrity and quality. Research accredited MSN programs near you today.
Graduate schools in North Dakota have certain criteria that must be met before you can enroll in any public health nursing program. Eligibility requirements vary with each school, but most require you to provide your nursing transcripts, a copy of your RN license, and a copy of your CPR credential. Prerequisite coursework may include:
When you enroll in a master's degree program in public health nursing, be prepared to spend two to three years in school. As a student, you will need to take in-class courses as well as complete the required clinical practicum. Most MSN programs require at least 500 hours of clinical experience to gain the necessary hands-on experience to lead a team and perform scientific research successfully. Core and specialty subjects may include:
- Philosophical, theoretical, and ethical basis for nursing
- Statistical literacy and reasoning in nursing research
- Public health nursing leadership and management
- Program development and evaluation in healthcare
If you are struggling financially with going back to school, the government and other medical institutes offer a variety of scholarships that may help pay for your tuition and housing costs. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration provides loans and scholarships in exchange for working in an underserved area for a designated time frame. The FAFSA may also provide additional funds to help pay for college. Start your new career as a public health nurse by enrolling in a master's program today.
Statistics report that North Dakota has approximately 7,680 registered nurses working in the state, including public health nurses (BLS, 2015, August 10). With experts predicting a 19 percent growth over the next few years, North Dakota could see 1,459 nursing positions open up at medical centers throughout the state (BLS, 2015, August 10).
To increase your chances of finding employment, you should earn the APHN-BC credential, which is based off of your portfolio. Currently, the average annual wage for nurses in North Dakota is $58,120, and the potential to earn upwards of $74,270 annually increases with work experience and the proper credentials. Further your career by earning your MSN degree today.