Advancement in nursing field demands graduate degree work, continued education

Nurses may need graduate degrees to advance in their fields.
Nurses may need graduate degrees to advance in their fields.

As the registered nurse (RN) workforce is aging, the nursing field will be rich with job opportunities in the next years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The most common path to becoming an RN is a bachelor's of science degree in nursing (BSN) program. Individuals who are enrolled in these programs may take courses on human physiology, anatomy and the structure of clinical work, according to the BLS. After passing the National Council of Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), BSN holders are licensed to practice in every state.

The next step for nurses who are interested in advanced positions in their field is a master's of science in nursing (MSN) degree.

Recently, a new MSN program was approved for an Indiana-based university. Healthcare providers in the state have called for education platforms that allow nurses to continue their education, according to

These graduate nursing degree seekers will be able to complete their courses both on campus and online through distance-learning classrooms. Some may pursue a nurse education track, upon completion of which they will be qualified for the Certified Nurse Educator Certification Exam, the news source reports.

Other program enrollees may choose to specialize in nurse administration. Eventually, they may find management positions in hospitals, public clinics and hospices.