Nursing Careers for Professionals with Advanced Nursing Degrees

Baby boomers are growing older, and more Americans are gaining access to affordable healthcare. Unfortunately, the current healthcare system, which has been experiencing a “persistent shortage of skilled workers,” is not adequately equipped to handle these mounting pressures.  

As a result, more nurses are stepping up to the plate through advanced education to take on more complex nursing jobs.  

Below are just some of the career opportunities available to registered nurses who have completed a specialized master’s or doctoral degree.

Nurse Anesthetist

Nurse anesthetists are advanced-practice nurses who provide anesthetic and pain management care to patients through surgery. They work with anesthesiologists, surgeons, dentists, podiatrists, and various other healthcare specialists. Their services come in handy during surgery and the different phases of obstetrical, diagnostic, and therapeutic procedures.

  • Career requirement: Registered nurses with specialized postgraduate education + certification with the National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists
  • Median pay: $165,120 per year
  • Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Nursing Informaticist

Nursing informaticists integrate nursing with the information sciences to develop and maintain systems that support nurses and improve patient outcomes. Nurse informaticists are also responsible for training medical staff on the use of patient care software and electronic medical records.

  • Career requirement: Registered nurses with a doctoral or master’s degree in Information Technology
  • Average nurse salary: $77,064 per year
  • Source: PayScale

Chief Nursing Officer

Chief nursing officers assume both leadership and administrative roles. They’re responsible for planning and overseeing nursing activities and, in some cases, may even advise hospital management on how to streamline operations. If they work in the public sector, they may also be expected to perform extensive research so they can provide government advice.

  • Career requirement: Registered nurses with graduate-level degrees and 5+ years of leadership experience
  • Average salary: $126,471 per year
  • Source: PayScale

Certified Nurse Midwife

Certified nurse midwives specialize in childbirth and women’s reproductive health. They attend births and provide gynecological care, prenatal care, parenting education, and family planning services. They work as part of a team or independently. 

  • Career requirement: Registered nurses with a master’s in nursing plus certification from the American Midwifery Certification Board
  • Median pay: $100,590 per year
  • Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Clinical nurse specialists are advanced-practice nurses who typically practice medicine. They provide consultation and direct patient care services in various healthcare settings. They may also be responsible for supervising other nurses or managing a clinic/facility. 

  • Career requirement: Registered nurses with a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing plus clinical nurse specialist license
  • Average salary: $86,361 per year
    Source: PayScale

Advancing Your Nursing Career Through NCU

If you’re a registered nurse who plans to take your career in nursing to the next level, Northcentral University’s advanced nursing programs may be just what you need.  

Our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Management and Organizational Leadership program provides the training and education nursing professionals need in preparation for management roles within various healthcare organizations. The program includes modules in resource and financial management, principles of healthcare administration, medical personnel management, healthcare law and policy, and managed care operations. 

NCU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Executive Leadership degree, on the other hand, is a practice-focused program for licensed nursing professionals who aspire to become effective leaders in a highly regulated industry such as healthcare. Instruction modules include economics and finance, healthcare policy improvement, organizational leadership, and data-driven decision-making. 

For any questions you may have about our advanced nursing programs, please call 866-776-0331 or fill out the form below to request for information.