Advanced nursing degrees lead to higher income opportunities and offer nurses a variety of positions in which they can play a critical role in patient interaction. With today’s population having a longer life expectancy, nurses with advanced degrees will be able to address patients’ primary care concerns. It is well known that nurse practitioners have taken on more prominent roles by assuming responsibilities that were previously performed by medical doctors. In recent years, there has been accelerated growth of online degree programs throughout the country and graduate nursing degree programs are no exception. Some online programs allow the graduate nursing student to attend an out-of-state school without paying out-of-state tuition, which can minimize debt and provide more convenience to the student. Some of the most well-respected colleges now offer online degree programs.
Education loans for advanced nursing degrees come in the following categories: Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan; Federal Direct Grad
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This book is an excellent introduction to nursing at the master’s level. It addresses a gap in literature regarding nonadvanced practice nursing degrees. The book focuses on key roles in both direct and indirect care settings as identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). It provides a different perspective on the role of the nurse functioning within an interprofessional or interdisciplinary team, while providing tools that can be applied quickly. The book is organized into five sections comprising 16 chapters that can be extremely helpful to nurses moving toward the next level of their careers. Section one describes nursing history, nursing process, nursing theory selection, nursing research ethics, and clinical ethics and the role of the master’s-prepared nurse (MSN). Section two discusses the various roles of MSN such as clinical nurse leader, nurse educator, and advanced practice nurse. Section three presents the indirect care roles of MSN: public health nurse, informaticist, and nurse executive. Section four discusses MSN as change agent, AACN essentials, and Interprofessional collaboration. The final section focuses on special topics such as considerations for lifelong learning, self-care, and mentoring. The book could be introduced to students at the BSN level to help them make career choices as they move forward with their careers.
This chapter outlines the historical perspective on the advancement of the compact licenses, how this could benefit the profession and what next steps should be taken. The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (
Advanced practice registered nursing is an exciting career choice with many opportunities and challenges. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are at the forefront of the rapidly changing healthcare system, filling myriad roles in organizations where they provide cost-effective, high-quality care. The term “advanced practice registered nurse” became the common umbrella term used to designate four specialty roles of nurses with formal post baccalaureate preparation: certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists. A number of factors led nursing leaders to delineate these four APRN roles. A critical factor was obtaining legal status to be directly reimbursed for their nursing services. APRNs are educated within master’s or doctoral nursing programs and play key roles in providing culturally competent care. They assume leadership in developing new practice sites and innovative systems of care to enhance healthcare outcomes.
This succinct, engaging text for graduate and undergraduate nursing programs distills the complexities of health care finance, economics, and policy into a highly accessible resource that can be applied to any practice setting. It presents economic and financial dynamics in healthcare as a precursor to policy and advocacy in nurses. The second edition adds graduate-level considerations and is updated to reflect our current political and legislative landscape. Real-life illustrations support foundational concepts and interactive quizzes reinforce information. Faculty resources include PowerPoint slides, a test bank, comprehensive review questions, and a sample syllabus. The book adds new chapter on early lessons from
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Clinical decisions are based on clinical or diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision making skills. Clinical decision making in advanced practice nursing occurs as a continuous, purposeful, theory and knowledge based process of assessment, analysis, strategic planning, and intentional follow-up. It is both a cognitive and affective problem solving activity for defining patient problems and selecting appropriate management approaches. Several common or core features of clinical reasoning across health disciplines have been identified in the research. One core element is clinical knowledge that is interdependent and fundamental to clinical reasoning. A second core feature of clinical reasoning is an array of higher order cognitive skills and processes. The third feature associated with clinical reasoning is that it is highly context dependent. The complexity of the healthcare system and patients requires interprofessional collaboration and communication to ensure sound clinical decision making resulting in patient centered care.