So, you want to go back to grad school.
Unfortunately, there are very few options for
nurses when it comes to graduate degrees,
so you're pretty limited.
Just kidding. There's like a million.
So I thought today we would just cover the
most common ones, and the rest you will have
to get out there and explore all by
You can do this. But seriously, there is a
nursing degree for almost anything you could
possibly dream of.
It's a little bit insane and wild, but we're
here for it.
Let's start with some of the typical ones
you may hear of a lot.
The first group of graduate degrees are the
ones that will allow you to take a licensure
test to become an advanced practice
These are going to be your Nurse
Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist,
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and
Certified Nurse Midwife
degrees. These degrees are either an MSN or
with the intention of eventually having all
of these degrees slowly being turned
over to DNP's options only, but the process
there is super-duper slow.
I believe CRNA's are actually the only ones
that have really switched over,
but the rest we're a little slow on the
uptake, so not so much yet.
You can also specialize in becoming a
certain type of nurse and become a
leader in that specialty with a Masters of
Science in Nursing.
Examples of degree focuses here are Public
Health, Clinical Nurse
Leader, Nurse Educator, Nursing Informatics,
Nurse Administrator or
Executive, Nurse Researcher, Health Quality
and Patient Safety and
so on and so on and so forth.
When I was researching this, I even found a
lot of programs that had you pick two of
those and you combine them for a super human
dual masters degree.
So for those of you who end up realizing you
absolutely love public health and want to
eventually go back and be a leader in that
space, or you realize you
just want a less clinical but a more, like,
math type of job, maybe
informatics would be cool for you.
Go out and get your feet wet in the nursing
world, and you know
that wherever you want to go, there's
probably an option for an advanced
degree in that specialty.
And then you have the PhD and the DNP.
The doctoral degrees, which we will break
down in a totally different section because
it's really more confusing than it has any
right to be.
Shocking! But we will see you there where we
go more into those.