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- by EveRN53 May 24, '12Hello, I would like some advice/any imput on the nursing leadership MSN tract. I am a pediatric nurse with a combined 8 years of both floor nursing and critical care. I am looking to expand my knowledge and have been struggling between FNP and Nursing Leadership. I currently have found myself being sent to meetings and have been nominated into leadership positions in which my advice and input have been requested by my superiors. I have found this to be very rewarding and has acted as a catalyst towards me leaning more for the leadership MSN tract, but i know very little of the opportunities it has to offer. Eventually, I would love to obtain a DNP degree, i feel as though time is ticking and i have been battling with this for about 2 years now. Im ready to take a step i would just like to know if anyone has had an experience with this, or has already an MSN in leadership degree...what can I do with it? What roles can I expect once I have it? what should i expect during school? Is it worth it? How is the salary? any information is appreciated. Please help!
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- May 24, '12 by HouTxThere are basically two different types of graduate (masters) degrees for nurses. One type will make you eligible for 'advanced practice' clinical roles -- NPs, CNM, CRNA, etc. The other types are intended to prepare you for operational roles... administration, education, informatics, etc. The clinical track programs always include clinical practicum/residencies and some may also require additional boards/testing to validate competency for the expanded scope of practice associated with the degree. Some of the operational role programs do include a residency/practicum, but these are usually much shorter in length. Basically, when you get that NP or CNM, you are pretty much good to go in an advanced role.
The thing about the operational roles - a degree is 'necessary', but not 'sufficient' to get hired into one of these roles. You will also need experience - the higher the job level, the more experience required. For instance, most large organizations require MSN for Director-level and above and facility-wide Educator positions but they usually also require 2-5 years of experience & evidence of career progression in that area.
From what you have described, you seem to be well on your way to a successful career in nursing leadership. Higher level positions pay very well, but have incredible amounts of responsibility - which can be very stressful if you are not well prepared. I am privileged to work with many superb nurse executives who are very effective in their roles. Salaries are comparable to other executives in healthcare. In my part of the country, it is not unusual for service line directors (including education) to make ~ $150k per year.
Best of luck to you!
- May 24, '12 by EveRN53Thank you so much! this information was very helpful. I figured the responsibility would be a great factor, Im ready for that challenge!