One of the major benefits of beginning your career in the nursing field is the many ways you can advance your career if you so choose. Whether you've worked as a registered nurse for one year or 10 years, you may be interested in RN-to-MSN bridge programs in Ohio.
Read the information below to learn more about Bridge Programs for Ohio nursing students. Then request more information from the schools near you to reach the right decision for your education and career.
RN-to-MSN bridge programs are well-suited to those who performed well at the Associate's degree level and want to expand their scope of practice in one of many nursing specialties. Earning an MSN may give you the chance to work in nursing research, nurse leadership, advanced nursing practice, or nurse education.
With an MSN comes a great deal of responsibility. Because of this, you must meet very high academic expectations to earn this degree! You'll likely need a valid RN license and at least one year of full-time nursing experience. Some schools in Ohio require a passing score on the GRE, although there are schools that bypass this step.
Upon entering an RN-to-MSN program, you take the nursing courses required to qualify you for a BSN. You immediately move on to Master's-level nursing courses. No matter which career path you decide to follow, you have to go through a set of core courses that help you develop your knowledge of the nursing field as a whole. These courses may include Quality Improvement and Informatics, Health Promotion Across the Lifespan, Nursing in the American Health Care System, and Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice.
The last part of your degree involves taking courses that are directly related to your specialty. However, you likely must choose your specialty before you even begin your degree. Options vary from school to school. Popular choices include nursing administration, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and nurse educator. Each path has its own set of clinical requirements. In most cases, clinical specialties require hundreds more hours than administrative or educational specialties.
Once you have been accepted to an RN-to-MSN program in Ohio, you can start the process of looking for grants and scholarships open to graduate students. The Ohio Center for Nursing notes that the Ohio Board of Regents has a loan repayment option for nurses in advanced nursing programs. The Ohio Nurses Foundation awards a long list of scholarships, including the Hague Memorial Scholarship, the Hayward Memorial Scholarship, and a selection of research grants. Through the American Legion Auxiliary of Ohio, you can apply for quite a few different scholarships, including the Continuing Education Grant and the Past President's Parley Nurse's Scholarship. This opportunity is open to veterans or direct descendants of veterans.
It's important to become familiar with the licensing requirements of the Ohio Board of Nursing. If you will be going into a clinical specialty, you will need to obtain licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). This process involves passing a test in your specialty and registering with the Board of Nursing. Your license must be renewed to stay valid.
Given how much nurses are in demand in Ohio, it's no surprise that job growth rates in this state are very impressive. Nurse managers may see an 18 percent increase in job openings from 2012 to 2022, leading to over 600 new jobs per year (O*Net, 2012). Job growth rates are similar for nurse anesthetists (O*Net, 2012). Through 2022, nurse practitioners and nursing instructors may see increases of 26 percent and 36 percent, respectively (O*Net, 2012).
As is the case in much of the Midwest, Ohio nursing salaries are slightly below the national average. This is in line with the region's lower cost of living. The average salary for a nursing instructor is $63,800 per year (O*Net, 2013). In the field of nurse anesthesia, the average annual salary is $141,900 per year (O*Net, 2013).
Education is extremely valuable in nursing, and taking this extra step in your career may pay off for years to come. Your hard work and dedication to health care may lead to health care reform, give patients the comfort and care they need, and help you expand your career options.
If you want to learn more about programs in your area, we recommend contacting multiple schools to make sure you choose the right Bridge Program for your nursing career.