3 Good Reasons to Earn an MSN Latoya Myers '15, MSN in Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management Tuesday, August 11, 2015 As the nursing field continues to evolve and licensing requirements grow ever more stringent, there has never been a better time to pursue a master’s degree in nursing. In fact, some experts say that the MSN is fast becoming the gold standard for nurses when it comes to professional advancement.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, BSNs who earn a master’s level nursing degree typically see a significant increase in annual pay – from an average of $64,000 to an average of around $86,000. Likewise, an MSN is the stepping stone to a doctoral degree in nursing, which typically commands a six-figure salary.That’s more, as national healthcare reform steps up, so does the need for nurse practitioners, especially in medically underserved areas. But there are also other advanced practice nursing options – outside the nurse practitioner role – that afford some pretty impressive professional advantages.You will broaden your career horizons. As an advanced practice nurse, you may expand your career potential to include rewarding job opportunities in leadership, consulting, and research.For example, nursing administration covers a diverse range of healthcare leadership roles. These professionals can earn upwards of $200,000 a year, as hospital unit managers, Chief Nursing Officers, facility directors, and executive vice presidents of nursing.Advanced practice nurse leaders can also make in excess of $100,000 a year as nurse consultants, putting their expertise to work assembling accurate and persuasive medical information that ultimately leads to improved patient outcomes.And MSNs who go into clinical research enjoy an average salary of around $90,000, working in such critical areas as drug protocol development and clinical trial management.You can help reinvent the future of healthcare. An MSN degree can also empower you to shape the future of your profession, as health providers search for novel and cost-effective ways to deliver high-quality patient care.At Drexel, we have developed an MSN in Nursing Innovation that truly fits the bill for nurse-leaders who want to be at the forefront of change, as clinicians, educators, and administrators. As such, it prepares you to push the creative envelope, with new and better delivery models, methods, and systems.You can teach others what you know. With a master’s degree in nursing, you can become a nurse educator, using your hard-earned knowledge and experience to train a new generation of clinical practitioners.At Drexel, we are committed to providing you with a graduate education that fits your needs – whatever your career path may be. So our online MSN in Nursing Education and Faculty Role is designed to groom you for a variety of pathways – from college faculty member to clinical nurse educator in a healthcare facility.With that in mind, this degree provides a solid foundation in adult learning, curriculum design, and classroom techniques. It also includes coursework in technology-enhanced learning, thus affording you the added convenience of teaching from a distance.Ready to explore the possibilities?In looking for convenient ways to help you move ahead in your career, Drexel’s experienced nursing faculty has taken online education to new heights – thanks to a state-of-the-art curriculum and highly interactive learning environment.To find out more about how our CCNE-accredited, online MSN programs can give you a leg up on achieving your own professional goals, I invite you to explore the possibilities at Drexel University Online.