Among the key messages of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report released last fall is that, “Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.” Related recommendations set goals to “increase the proportion of U.S. nurses with a bachelor’s degree from 50 to 80 percent; and to double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020.”
The Impact of Education on Nursing Practice The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs, believes that education has a significant impact on the knowledge and competencies of the nurse clinician, as it does for all health care providers. Nurses with Bachelor of Science in Nursing…
If you’re considering going back to school to get a master’s degree, law degree, or MBA, you might be looking into student loans to help pay tuition — especially since many graduate programs cost $50,000 a year or more. Yikes!
This is a choice to not take lightly. Taking on debt of this magnitude (possibly on top of undergraduate loans you’re still paying off), will affect your finances for years to come. So, if you’ve done your research and know that grad school is the best way to advance your career, let me walk you through the ways that grad school loans differ from undergraduate loans.
Despite reports of historically high student loan debt and fresh graduates struggling to find work, a four-year degree has never been more valuable than it is today and an advanced degree lowers the unemployment rate even further. This is especially true when it comes to employment stability. While people in just about every industry will likely reap the benefits of holding an advanced degree, MBA’s enjoy even greater stability and higher salaries than professional degree holders do.