Educating For Success:

Nursing Career Guide

This guide is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the many nursing career options currently available to you. The nursing field is projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to have significant growth between 2020 and 2030. The following information will provide insight into the in-demand career opportunities to those dedicated to advancing their nursing education. Through job descriptions, education requirements, career outlook and salary information, this guide will help you make an informed and thoughtful decision about your path within the healthcare industry.

What you’ll learn…

  • What does the job market look like?
  • What salary can I expect?
  • What is NMCs job placement rate post-graduation?
  • Which nursing degree is right for me?

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Educating For Success:

Nursing Career Guide

Nursing careers are in demand. Today’s nurses have more opportunities for advancement than ever before due to changing needs in healthcare. These new responsibilities require healthcare leaders to hire nurses with more skills and education. Whether you’re just beginning your career path or you’re an experienced nurse working in the field, Nebraska Methodist College has programs available to prepare you for what’s next in healthcare as well as your career.
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Nurses in demand

The demand for highly-skilled nurses continues to increase due to a changing healthcare landscape. In fact, the need for nurses is expected to grow by 7% between 2019 and 2029 due to the confluence of an aging baby boomer population, the expansion of outpatient care centers, increased access to healthcare services, a faster patient discharge rate and retirement within the RN workforce.

A burgeoning demand for healthcare combined with a reduction in the number of people capable of providing such services means that ambitious nursing professionals are in a fantastic position for career advancement. As hospitals struggle to keep pace with an ever-growing market, competition for the most qualified nurses will become fierce, with various institutions providing incentives to persons with the complex skills signified by the attainment of an advanced degree.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Registered Nursing Ranks

#2

On the list of occupations with the larges projected job growth.
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Jobs added for registered nurses by 2029

While the forecasted shortage presents challenges for the nursing field, it also presents great opportunities for nurses to move into leadership roles much sooner in their careers. Nurses’ roles are expanding as the healthcare system faces a similar shortage of doctors. These new roles, combined with the need for experience and leadership, are at the heart
of the increased demand for nurses with advanced degrees.

Today’s nurses have many opportunities and can pursue a number of career paths and settings. Nurses can choose to work in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, schools and more. The need for nurses has also increased demand for careers in nursing education and informatics, as well as a need for individuals capable of filling management and leadership positions.

Many of these roles provide significant income bonuses, with nursing growing increasingly lucrative for those who choose to enter the field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the lowest 10% of earners in registered nursing make up to $52,080 annually, while the highest 10% generate an annual salary of $111,220 or more. The median as of May 2019 was $73,300.

Interestingly, even as demand for nurses grows, healthcare institutions are growing increasingly selective with whom they hire. Many of today’s healthcare managers now prefer Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees as the baseline education for new staff hires, while Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees have become ideal for nurses in leadership positions. According to a 2019 study from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 43.2% of hospitals and other healthcare settings are requiring new hires to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing, while 82.1% of employers are expressing a strong preference for BSN program graduates.

Education on demand

Are You Ready to Take Your
Nursing Career to the Next Level?

Nebraska Methodist College offers a variety of on-campus and online programs designed to prepare you for the next step in your career. Our offerings are suited to first time students as well as working professionals with career and family obligations.

Our on-campus programs equip students with the skills to become successful in their nursing careers and meet the demands of today’s (and tomorrow’s) healthcare field. Our faculty and staff understand, firsthand, the realities of the healthcare system and the current needs of the healthcare industry. Students conduct coursework in Nebraska Methodist College’s state-of-the-art Nursing Arts Center, which simulates a variety of healthcare settings, patient conditions, procedures and scenarios.

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94%

Of NMC entry-level BSN and MSN graduates had jobs within 4-6 months of graduation. American Association of
Colleges of Nursing (Aug. 2019)

Looking for something a little more flexible? Our online programs offer a number of options for working nurses looking to upgrade to a BSN, pursue an advanced degree or obtain a post-master’s certificate. An online education is ideal for those who want to further their education without pausing their careers or disrupting their family lives. If you’re worried about your computer skills, don’t be—our online classrooms feature accessible, easy-to-use web tools that simplify learning and instruction.

Online learning streamlines the classroom experience, allowing students to learn at an accelerated pace compared to traditional, on-campus day programs. In our online programs, students use research-based writing, projects and discussions with their instructors and classmates to demonstrate and apply what they’ve learned. The online environment facilitates convenient access to faculty and course resources while fostering strong participation through online discussion boards, chat rooms and e-mail.

Most online programs have no residency-based fees. Financial aid, such as scholarships, loans and grants, is available.

On-Campus Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The BSN program at Nebraska Methodist College focuses on population-based nursing education that integrates the concepts of health promotion, self-care, prevention, collaboration and continuity of care with clinical and assessment skills within the context of culture and community. More than just teaching the mechanics of nursing, our program emphasizes the importance of caring, social justice and holistic healthcare.

  • Start directly out of high school or transfer with appropriate college credit
  • Four-year program taught by elite nurse educators with real world experience
  • Most recent traditional nursing Most recent traditional nursing graduates achieved a 95.2.6% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam
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NMC has a nursing achievement coach on staff who helps students prepare for courses, exams and other challenges.
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NMC’s most recent* Accelerated Nursing cohort achieved an incredible 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.
Accelerated BSN

Earn your BSN in just 12 months with this accelerated population health nursing program designed for those with a non-nursing degree. You will quickly gain clinical and classroom experience at a pace designed to prepare you for what’s next in your nursing career.

  • Earn your degree in just 12 months
  • Associate or bachelor’s degree required
  • Includes same population-based focus as traditional BSN program
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The baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees at Nebraska Methodist College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation
LPN to BSN

Earning your BSN opens doors to a number of new career and educational opportunities, from specializing in more demanding clinical settings to administrative roles, management or even education.

  • Curriculum bridges LPN experience to BSN degree
  • Scholarship and financial assistance available to those who qualify

Online Programs

RN to BSN

The RN to BSN program is designed specifically for licensed RNs seeking to rapidly expand their career options in leadership and healthcare. The program enhances applied nursing experience in order to increase critical thinking about patient care. Ultimately, students are better equipped to improve patient outcomes and navigate the growing complexities of today’s healthcare field.

  • Complete courses in three semesters
  • Flexible online format
  • Tuition recently cut in half to help RNs meet the demands of modern healthcare
RN to MSN

Continue to move your career forward into education, leadership and management by earning your MSN from Nebraska Methodist College. This program is designed to streamline your path to an advanced degree.

  • Complete degree with 54 credit hours
  • Flexible online format
  • Part-time study available
  • May specialize in Nurse Educator, Nurse Executive, Nursing Informatics and Care Coordinator tracks
  • Gain practical experience working as a nurse administrator in a clinical setting, teaching students in an academic setting or harnessing data to improve patient outcomes
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The MSN program is designed for nurses who already have their BSN, have a passion for quality patient care and are interested in leadership opportunities within healthcare organizations or academic settings. You will gain a solid foundation of educational, theoretical and leadership knowledge, with additional specialized curriculum tracks to prepare you for the career opportunities you want to pursue.

  • Complete degree with 36 credit hours
  • Flexible online format
  • May specialize in Nurse Educator, Nurse Executive, Nursing Informatics or Care Coordinator tracks
  • Gain practical experience working as a nurse administrator, teaching students in an academic setting, harnessing data to improve patient outcomes, or effectively coordinate the care of patients, families, and the community.
MSN Post Master’s Certificate

The MSN Post Master’s Certificate from Nebraska Methodist College is a great option for working RNs with an MSN degree who have a passion for the nursing profession and are looking for specialized preparation for education and leadership roles.

  • CCNE-accredited program
  • Complete curriculum with 14 credit hours in as little as nine months
  • Five-week-long courses with one week off before the start of another course
  • Nurse Educator, Nurse Executive, Nursing Informatics and Care Coordinator tracks available
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Educate Your
Fellow Nurses

Nurse educators are registered nurses who are also teachers. They serve as faculty members in nursing schools and teaching hospitals, sharing their advanced knowledge and skills to prepare the next generation of nurses for effective practice.

Interested in a career as a Nurse Educator? You may qualify for tuition cancellation through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program. In fact, recipients who teach full time can have up to 85 percent of their loans cancelled.

With assistance from the NFLP and Nebraska Methodist College, you don’t have to break the bank to advance your career.

Learn more by contacting our admissions office at (402) 354-7200, and click here for our complete guide tothe NFLP.

The Epitome of Care

The Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists combine evidence and theory to positively influence the three spheres of influence - post-adolescent to older adult patients, nursing staff and health systems in community, ambulatory and acute care settings.

BSN to DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner track provides knowledge, skills and clinical expertise necessary to be primary care providers who diagnose and treat individuals across the lifespan within an ambulatory care environment in both urban and rural settings.

BSN to DNP - Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track provides knowledge, skills and clinical expertise necessary to be primary care providers who diagnose and treat individuals from post-adolescents to older adults within an ambulatory care environment in both urban and rural settings.

BSN to DNP - Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists combine evidence and theory to positively influence the three spheres of influence - post-adolescent to older adult patients  ambulatory and acute care settings.

Highlights of the BSN to DNP programs:

  • CCNE-accredited online programs
  • Can be completed in three years of full-time study or four to five years of part-time study
  • Students complete a scholarly doctoral capstone project implemented in their practice setting of choice

MS to DNP - APRN to DNP

The APRN-DNP track allows an advanced practice registered nurse (nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist and nurse anesthetist) to

MS to DNP – Public Health Policy DNP

The Public Health Policy DNP track combines theory and practice to prepare the graduate to positively influence change in healthcare policy and 

Highlights of the MS to DNP Program:

  • CCNE-accredited online programs
  • Can be completed in three years of full-time study or four to five years of part-time study
  • Students complete a scholarly doctoral capstone project implemented in their practice setting of choice

Follow your passion

Simply put, nurses help people on a daily basis — a fulfilling responsibility and a satisfying career choice. Nurses care for patients in their time of need, often acting as a patient advocate to the rest of the healthcare team. Trusted by the general public and held in high regard by their fellow healthcare professionals, nurses currently stand at the crossroads of a rapidly expanding medical field. With so many opportunities available, only one question remains:

If you’re ready to get started,click here to be put in touch with a representative of NMC. It’s time to fast-track your career.
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