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5 Careers to explore with a master's in nursing

If you’re considering getting a master’s in nursing, you may be wondering where your degree will take you. Many people who aren’t in the field might just assume that you become a more qualified nurse. However, that’s far from the truth. There are plenty of job options for people who are interested in getting their master’s in nursing. If you’re considering this degree, here are five career options you’ll have once you get out.

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1. Midwife
Yes, despite the advances in modern medicine, midwives still exist. These days, they’re known as a certified nurse midwifes. However, when you think of a midwife, you might have the wrong idea. Midwives aren’t only responsible for delivering babies. They also play a role in prenatal and postnatal care, and they help families plan for their new arrivals as well as perform gynecological exams. Midwives can come to a patient’s house, but they also work at medical clinics, private practices and hospitals, too. To be certified, nurses need to have their master’s of science in nursing or some other comparable master’s degree. The salary isn’t bad either, with most people making an average of $84,000.

2. Nurse educator
This is a very satisfying career to be in, and one that is very desired right now. Currently there’s a shortage of nurse educators in the medical field, causing nursing programs to become even more competitive and hard to get into. That’s why nurse educators are in high-demand by hospitals, medical clinics and private practices. People forget that nurses need to be educated throughout their careers, not just in school. Nursing educators get to develop, implement and teach nursing curriculums that prepare nurses early on as well as in their careers. They work in teaching hospitals, colleges and universities. Again, given the demand for this role, the salary is high, sitting at an average of $71,292.

3. Nurse practitioner
Pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner is one of the most common roads to take. Nurse practitioners work side by side with doctors in a private practice setting. All nurse practitioners have a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of science degree, but they may also have their doctorate in nursing. If qualified, some nurse practitioners even run their own clinics and may specialize in certain areas of medicine. This field is a great one to enter, as a lot of possibilities arise and nurses have a lot of the same responsibilities that doctors do.

4. Clinical nurse specialist
Clinical nurse specialists help control and manage the quality standards of medical care, a very important job. People in this role are expected to be very responsible, organized and possess great people skills, as they consistently will be working with doctors and nurses to ensure that everything is running up to speed. They may also have to deal with patients who are unhappy with their care and reassure them. While the role is tedious, it does pay well. Clinical nurse specialists make an average of $76, 209.

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5. Nurse researcher
If you’re not into the hands-on stuff, this might be the right role for you. Nurse researchers don’t work with hospitals and practices. Instead, they’re employed by private companies and medical research firms. People in this career collect research and data from nursing, medical and pharmaceutical products and create reports and analyses on it. While you don’t necessarily need a master’s of science degree for this role, usually people who have their masters’ in nursing are much more likely to get the job. Again, the pay isn’t too shabby, with people earning an average of $95,000 a year.

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