Nursing Roles Expanding in Future as Population Grows and Healthcare Integrates Professional Services

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Health Policy Roles and Wider Opportunities for Nurse Specialties Provide Bright Future for Benedictine University Nursing Graduates

LISLE, lll., Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The nurses of the future will be involved with policy and new roles in

advanced practice nursing (APN). Allocation of nursing staff and how nursing will integrate with the full spectrum of healthcare practice is likely to change in the next 10 to 20 years.

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Leadership roles can be a vibrant part of a nursing career so that nurses are able to add their expertise to policy decisions and better integration of services. Currently, 60 percent of nurses practice in hospitals. That can change as nursing services are allocated to more locations, from homes to clinics, public health policy positions to neighborhood centers.

A newer position in nursing is the advanced practice nurse, who could be in a specialty such as midwifery or anesthesia. With the advanced training nurses receive, options for more specialties are possible.

At Benedictine University, the online Master of Science in Nursing offers a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The MSN program provides the opportunity to learn tools for leadership, advanced nursing practices, and what is required for advancement in the career.

The program begins with 18-credit hours of foundational courses that focus on collaboration among healthcare professionals, ethics, research and process improvement, information processing and technologies, policy and advocacy, quality improvement and safety. Once the foundation courses are completed, students are given a choice of one of two concentrations, either nurse educator (21 credit hours) or nurse executive leadership (18 credit hours.) Each of the concentration curricula includes a capstone course, where coursework is used in practical applications.

"With the multitude of specialties in nursing, I've been fortunate to work with diverse groups in programs for geriatric psychiatry, children's social development, as well as project director for a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded research grant," says Alison Ridge, assistant professor and MSN program director. "Nursing provides great career versatility and exciting challenges."

Career opportunities for nursing positions are numerous with a current shortage of nursing care. With the population of Baby Boomers reaching retirement, care needs will increase.

With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating an increase in the need for nurse educators of 35 percent by 2022, and a median wage for registered nurses of $67,490, prospects are also bright for the leadership positions.

Graduates of Benedictine's MSN were polled and 95 percent of them (2104 survey) reported that Benedictine prepared them for their current career and, as a result of their program they either had received or anticipated raises. Graduates reported working in positions at: UNC Health Care, U.S. Army, Yale New Haven Hospital, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Rush University Medical Center.

"This is a great time to be in nursing. It has a glorious past. It has a tremendous future, and I think anybody who is choosing this has chosen wisely," says Julie Sochalski, director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Division of Nursing from August 2010 to September 2013.

About Benedictine University

Benedictine University is dedicated to the education of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds.

Benedictine's online MSN curriculum aligns with the graduate education standards specified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing that emphasize organizational and systems leadership, informatics, health care technologies, advocacy, inter-professional collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and cultural awareness among other valued professional nursing qualities and skills.

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