If you have ever looked into furthering your nursing career by getting a master's degree, you may have many career options to consider. An MSN degree may help you become a leader in your health care facility, offer more specialized care to patients, and reduce Oregon's nursing shortage by teaching future nurses.
The field of primary care is a popular choice for master's-level nurses. This may be due to the fact that nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and other advanced practice nurses have full freedom of practice in Oregon. This can give you a considerable amount of choice in where, how, and when you work.
Since nurse practitioners can work independently in Oregon, this degree may allow you to become an Oregon primary care provider. A number of counties in this state are designated Health Care Shortage Areas. If you work in an area with a shortage, you may qualify for loan repayment assistance or other benefits.
Nursing leadership may be another excellent choice for master's degree students. The Oregon Action Coalition supports leaders in the field through legislative updates and advocacy resources. The Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives is a local organization that brings together nurse executives and nurse leaders.
The demand for nurse specialists, nurse leaders, and other higher-level nurses may increase as a result of the Registered Nurses Safe Staffing Act.
A number of post-graduate nursing careers offer great earning potential. Nurse practitioners in Oregon earn an average salary of $104,300 per year, according to O*Net. The median salary for a nurse anesthetist is $151,700 and the average salary for a nurse educator is $61,800 per year (O*Net, 2012). Health services managers may earn an average salary of $98,800 per year (O*Net, 2012).
Regardless of which Oregon school you choose to attend for your master's degree, you can anticipate a multifaceted education that prepares you for practice in a variety of settings. Each program has a set of learning objectives that are meant to measure and assess your skills and knowledge.
In a nursing leadership program, you may learn how to manage care in many different situations, from acute care to community care. This degree may include classes in the layout of health care systems, the legislative environment of nursing, and how to combine business skills with nursing abilities.
If you go into a nursing education program, your learning goals may include learning about best practices in nursing education, effectively developing a nursing curriculum at different levels, and successfully assessing student performance. You may even be able to focus on a specific type of nursing education, such as community health nursing or psychiatric mental health nursing.
Direct care nursing programs may challenge you to develop appropriate patient care techniques for patients of different needs and ages. If you choose a specialty, your program may focus on that specific age or health care need.
There are several nursing scholarships in Oregon that are appropriate for master's-level students. The Oregon Student Access Commission offers grants and scholarships to aspiring master's-level nurses. You can also apply for scholarships through the Oregon Nurses Foundation.