Careers with an Online MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an astounding 45% employment growth rate between 2019 and 2029 for nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives. As of April 2021, the median salary for the DNP-prepared nurse was $103,662. *

By 2025, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has recommended that the DNP be required for advanced practice nursing. Similarly, the Future of Nursing report issued by the Institute of Medicine has called for nurses to take on greater responsibility to handle the growing number of patients requiring care as populations age and we navigate new challenges brought forth throughout the recent pandemic. An online Doctor of Nursing Practice can put you at the forefront of health care, prepared to take on high-level positions and help meet the rising demand.

As a DNP-credentialed Nurse, You May Have Career Opportunities Such As:

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Median wage: $91,385*

Work with newborns, infants, toddlers, adolescents, and young adults by providing specialized levels of care. PNPs diagnose illnesses, prescribe medication, and perform annual checkups, in addition to ordering patient testing, and consulting with clients and their family members.

Employers often include:

  • Pediatric offices
  • Specialty clinics
  • School-based health centers

Psychiatric Mental Health NP

Median wage: $111,660*

As a PMHNP, you’ll intersect with the roles of psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists, providing patient care to those with mental and psychiatric health issues, as well as substance abuse issues. PMHNPs also work with the families of their patients and educate communities to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health.

Employers often include:

  • Mental health clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Rehab facilities

Nurse Educator

Median wage: $84,060**

Teach the next generation of nurses. Nurse educators use their formal knowledge and practical experience to design, evaluate, update, and implement new and current nursing education curriculum. Due to a current shortage of and high demand for nurses, the career prospects for nurse educators are promising.

Employers often include:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities

Nurse Administrator

Median wage: $87,858*

Manage the nursing staff in a health care facility. Nurse administrators are licensed registered nurses with advanced education in nursing. They combine their experience in nursing practice with their critical thinking and administrative, organization, and financial management skills to maintain efficient nursing operations.

Employers often include:

  • Hospitals
  • Private practices
  • Home health care agencies

Director of Nursing

Median wage: $91,310*

Advise medical staff, upper management, and administrators in matters related to nursing service in health care systems, including policies and objectives, budgeting, and supporting staff and community groups.

Employers often include:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing and long-term care facilities
  • Community clinics

Family Nurse Practitioner

Median wage: $96,289*

Provide care to patients of all life stages in collaboration with health care teams and develop relationships with entire family units. FNPs conduct health assessments and tests, and provide preventive care, disease management, treatment of chronic and acute illnesses, and may even prescribe medication.

Employers often include:

  • Physician’s offices
  • Hospitals
  • Community health centers



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