Nurse Practitioners
A solution to the primary care shortage...

As a nurse practitioner you'll garner the respect and salary you've worked hard to earn, all while providing solutions to some of the most vexing problems facing the American health care system. Explore...

Patient Population Focus
The people you work with...

Clinical Nurse Specialists
Changing healthcare from within...

Clinical nurse specialists have a unique opportunity to influence policy and set in motion the wheels of change from within the clinical practice environment. Explore the CNS role and how you could become a change agent within the healthcare system.
Certified Nurse Midwifery
A new way to approach a time honored tradition...

Even as the greatest technological advancements in medical science become widely available, women are turning to trusted certified nurse midwives more than every before in medical history. See how the oldest advance practice registered nursing role is really at the cutting edge of obstetric care and birthing.
In demand and well compensated...

Certified registered nurse anesthetists are consistently among the most highly sought after and best-paid advanced practice registered nurses. Find out more about what makes this APRN role so unique, and what it takes to become a CRNA.
Forensic Nursing
Advanced practice nurses fighting crime...

If you’re an APRN driven by a sense of justice, becoming a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) or other forensic nursing expert will allow you to use your medical experience in a specialty focus that supports law enforcement, advocates for victims, and brings criminals to justice.
Legal Nurse Consultant
Medical expertise and legal prowess...

For many APRNs, a time comes when they are given an opportunity to use their medical expertise in legal consultation. With or without being familiar with the nuances of medical law and malpractice, the experience and expertise required of advanced practice nursing is highly valuable and qualifies APRNs to act as legal nurse consultants.
Nursing Research
Committed to advancing medicine...

Research nurses are credited with some of the most significant advancements to medical technology and pharmacology known to modern medicine. As the business of medical technology and pharmacological development continues to grow, these industries are having a hard time finding enough qualified research nurses to conduct clinical trials.
Changes Coming 2015?
Much anticipated changes...

With all the talk about the APRN Consensus Model and a new educational minimum requiring APRNs to hold a DNP, everybody seems to be wondering: What can advance practice registered nurses really expect to see change in 2015?
APRN Degrees
MSN or NDP...

The Master of Science in Nursing has long since been the standard for advanced practice registered nurses. All state Boards of Nursing and national certifying bodies continue to view the MSN as the educational standard for APRN recognition, but the DNP is also worth considering.

Advanced Practice Registered Nursing

As the American healthcare system actively works to accommodate the fastest growing demand it has ever faced, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are recognized as vital to meeting the medical needs of the American public. The US Department of Labor projects that registered nursing will experience 26% job growth during the current decade ending 2020, driven largely by the fact that APRNs are more often relieving the demand placed on physicians by serving as primary care providers.

*If you’re an RN interested in entering advanced practice and becoming a nurse practitioner, earning a Master of Science in Nursing is your best option.

The online Master of Science degree in Nursing through Georgetown University's School of Nursing & Health Studies allows you to tailor your education to one of four population specific roles: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers currently licensed RNs an opportunity to earn their MSN through one of two online degree options:

Aspiring FNPs can earn an MSN Online through Nursing@USC in as few as 21 months. The program prepares students to deliver primary care while improving the health and lives of individuals, families and communities. BSN required.

Capella University offers CCNE-accredited online nursing programs designed to meet the needs of RNs at every career stage:

Certified nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists take on primary roles identified by patient population, and often sub-specialize by setting, disease, or type of care. The advanced education, training, and demonstrated experience-based competency required to become an APRN puts these medical professionals in a unique position to make affordable, advanced-level, highly-specialized medical care more accessible.

There are currently more than a quarter million APRNs practicing in the US, and many thousands more entering practice each year. This contingent of highly skilled nurses represents a powerful force for change in the way healthcare is delivered. A recent study conducted by the American Medical Association revealed that 70% of patients believed they would be unable to see their primary care provider the same day as needed. The study went on to reveal that as many as 40% of emergency department admissions were for issues classified as non-urgent. Inaccessibility to primary care directly correlates to the occurrence of unnecessary emergency department visits, placing an unwarranted burden on emergency medical staff and representing an unnecessary expense to insurance providers and patients alike. As a greater number of APRNs serve in primary care roles, they increase accessibility to affordable healthcare and directly contribute to eliminating gross inefficiencies in the way medical care is routinely provided.

Advanced degreed nurses who serve in roles outside of the clinical environment are also vital to the efficiency and efficacy of healthcare delivery and specialized services throughout the healthcare continuum, and beyond. From research laboratories, to the halls of higher education, from the boardroom to the courtroom, the experience and education of APRNs and other highly educated nurses in non-clinical roles, allow these professionals to affect positive change while being well compensated for their expertise.

They serve in leadership roles throughout all levels of nursing management and healthcare facility administration. They work in highly skilled, technically focused roles as informaticists, researchers, and legal consultants. And, of course, they are the professors whose tireless efforts ensure that students who transition from the classroom to the practice environment are well prepared for the challenges that await them.

Whether in the clinical environment or outside of it, experienced nurses with advanced education work to improve patient outcomes and are fundamental to the betterment of the healthcare system.