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There’s a void in primary care. With the right education, you can fill it.

Studies by the American Academy of Family Physicians have projected a shortage of 120,000 physicians by 2030 as the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age. Because of this, nurse practitioners are stepping in to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care.

Patients can face challenges related to insurance coverage, lack of transportation to appointments, and other social determinants of health. An advanced education can give you the tools and expertise you need to be a stronger advocate for your patients and increase access to care.

Why is now the right time to earn your MSN?

Scientific breakthroughs are helping to extend life expectancy, and more people are living to an advanced age than ever. However, the longer people live, the more complex their healthcare needs can become.

As a skilled nursing professional, this opens up an incredible opportunity for you to advance your expertise, define your career path, and promote better patient outcomes. Start by earning your online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Misericordia.

What’s the career outlook for nurses with their MSN?

Job satisfaction for nurse practitioners is very high. In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranked nurse practitioner #5 in “Best Health Care Jobs” and #7 in “Best 100 Jobs.”

Aside from job satisfaction, job growth for nurse practitioners is also on the rise — the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an increase of 36%, or 56,100 jobs,  between 2016 and 2026, much higher than the average for other professions. In addition, the median pay for MSN-based careers is also significantly higher than average, with nurse practitioners earning a median salary of $111,000.

Annette Weiss

“Numerous peer- reviewed research studies support the high quality, cost effectiveness of care provided by nurse practitioners. A shortage of primary care providers, especially in rural areas has created more opportunities for nurse practitioners than ever before, to meet the primary care health care needs of individuals, families, and communities”

— Annette M. Weiss PhD, RN, CNE Assistant Dean of Nursing / Chief Nurse Administrator

She's focused on quality care

MSN-educated nurses possess advanced education and specialized skill set. We can help you develop the critical thinking, leadership, and adaptability skills you need to find opportunities in:

  • Community clinics
  • Healthcare centers
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Nursing homes
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Nurse practitioner-led clinics


 

Monitoring his patient's blood pressure

As an MSN-level nurse, you’ll have an opportunity to demonstrate your advanced and specialized skill set in a variety of roles, including:

  • Nurse consultant
  • Clinical nurse researcher
  • Nurse educator
  • Psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • Forensic nurse consultant
  • Nurse ethicist

  • Advanced nurse practitioner
  • Pediatric nurse practitioner
  • Nursing informatics specialist
  • Geriatric or gerontological nurse practitioner

Nurse practitioners are the healthcare providers of choice for millions of patients. The trust that patients have in nurse practitioners is demonstrated by the estimated 1.06 billion visits they received in 2018.*

Patients choose advanced practice nurses because they have the ability to:

  • Perform comprehensive and focused physical examinations
  • Diagnose and treat acute infections, injuries, and illnesses
  • Manage chronic health conditions
  • Provide immunizations and prescribe medications
  • Conduct and order diagnostic tests such as X-rays, electrocardiograms, and lab tests
  • Review patient medical history to create a personalized treatment plan and record progress
  • Educate and counsel patients and their families regarding healthy lifestyles and care options

In addition, earning an MSN degree can place you on the path toward your next educational milestone — a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

*American Association of Nurse Practitioners