7 Important Nurse Administrator School and Career Questions Answered

What careers can I pursue as a CNL or nurse administrator?

From hospitals to labs, clinical nurse leaders (CNLs) can lead small or large teams of nurses. As you gain experience, you may even find opportunities to manage an entire facility. Some nurse administrators also choose to be a consultant, which allows them the chance to work in a number of medical facilities.

What degree path can I take?

As a CNL, you’ll need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, but earning a master’s degree can help with career advancement. If you’re just beginning your nursing career, you might consider an RN-to-BSN program. Upon completion, you will be eligible to apply to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. Or, you can enroll in an RN-to-MSN program which allows registered nurses to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously.

How do I choose a specialization?

It’s most common to choose a nursing specialization during graduate-level studies, but there are bachelor’s degree programs available that allow you to choose nurse administration as your specialization. In addition, if you want to specialize in a certain type of medical care, such as critical care or pediatrics, you may be able to take courses geared toward your interest.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Financial aid is available from a variety of sources, including the U.S. government. The first step is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Take note, federal aid is only available to you if you are attending an accredited college or university. Other types of financial aid include scholarships, grants, private loans and PLUS loans. Read up on nursing school financial aid information, as well as scholarships and grants.

What type of accreditation should a nursing school have?

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) are the two main accreditation bodies to look for when researching programs.

How do I become licensed to work as a nurse administrator?

You’ll need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to gain RN licensure. Certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center may also be a requirement in some states.

What continuing education requirements should I expect throughout my career?

The health care field is ever-changing making it important for nurse administrators and CNLs to have the most up-to-date knowledge. Continuing education requirements, such as approved courses and credits, can be found with your state board of nursing. In general, continuing education is often required every two years for RN license renewal.

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