If you’ve been thinking about going back to school to get an MSN, but haven’t fully committed to enrolling in a program, here are 5 smart reasons that could inspire you to want to hit the books again this year.
- MSNs Can Specialize. Do you have a passion for a particular specialty such as oncology or pediatric care? In order to secure a nursing position in these or other specific areas, you will need to have an MSN degree. According to Nursing Journal, the advanced degree is the only way to have a “true specialization.”
- MSNs Get Better Job Opportunities. Compared to other professions, job opportunities for all nurses are about as good as it gets. But, with an MSN degree, nurses can pursue administrative roles at their healthcare facilities and seek out more avenues for career advancement.
- MSNs Make More Money. Nurses with MSN degrees earn significantly more than their BSN counterparts. According to PayScale, MSNs earn between $65,554 and $102,194 while BSNs earn between $51,480 and $92,549.
- MSNs Can Teach. With an MSN degree you can help others get their start in nursing as a nursing educator. Nursing Journal says teaching is one of the most rewarding ways for nurses to pay it forward, “Since people enter the field of nursing because they want to make a real difference, having a MSN degree will truly help you to achieve those goals.”
- MSNs Have Longer Nursing Careers. Because of the very physical nature of nursing, it often takes a serious toll on the backs, legs, and feet of aging nurses who find it hard to continue shift work. With an MSN degree, you don’t have to leave the profession altogether. You can pursue administrative roles that let you stay connected to nursing without the physical labor.
Another plus for getting an MSN degree is that it’s more convenient than ever to continue your education. Many accredited nursing programs now offer online programs so you can continue working while pursuing your advanced degree.
Still need a little motivation? Check out Nursing Journal’s top 25 reasons for getting an MSN here.