Today, there are many exciting opportunities for a clinical nurse specialist (CNS). With specialized knowledge gained through a master’s or doctoral program, CNS’s are experts in their field. Continue reading to learn about some of the many online nursing programs offered by Grand Canyon University for students who want to become clinical nurse specialists.
Provide Care for Older Adults
If you are looking to become an acute care nurse practitioner, consider GCU’s MSN with an emphasis in adult-gerontology. This program prepares you to work with the growing adult and elderly population by providing them with quality care. Learn theories and practices related to all areas of direct acute care of gerontology patients in order to make a difference in the lives of the elderly.
Clinical nurse specialists with this degree are able to assess physical, psychosocial, spiritual, risk and functional aspects in acute and chronically ill adults and seniors. There will always be a need for nurses who are knowledgeable about this population, so these CNS’s can apply their knowledge in a wide variety of settings.
Become a Family Nurse Practitioner
The MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner program at GCU prepares you to become a primary care provider for individuals, families, communities and populations. By studying different levels of preventative care, including health promotion, illness prevention and diagnosis and management, you will be prepared to meet the needs of a wide variety of patients.
Graduates of this program become clinical nurse specialists who perform comprehensive health assessments, diagnose illnesses and prescribe treatments to manage health problems. These CNS’s can apply their knowledge in a variety of practice settings, and they can provide healthcare for patients across the human lifespan.
Explore the Business of Healthcare
Individuals who want to incorporate their passion for business into their nursing career can earn a dual MSN-MBA: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems. Grow in your knowledge by taking courses to develop advanced management skills, and prepare to successfully grow healthcare organizations of all kinds.
Upon the completion of this program, you can move into a leadership position in healthcare organizations by becoming a chief nursing officer, vice president of patient services or chief executive officer. In addition, you may apply the entrepreneurial knowledge gained in the program to start your own health company.
Become a Nursing Executive
In addition to a wide variety of MSN programs, GCU also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for students who want to take their education further. The DNP prepares you to apply research to your current nursing practice. You have the opportunity to expand current theoretical and scientific foundations of healthcare practice in order to develop clinical solutions and make a positive impact in their field.
As a clinical nurse specialist, DNP-prepared nurses drive positive change in healthcare by applying research to their work. You may work in a clinic or hospital as a nurse executive, continue your practice as an advanced practice registered nurse or become a nurse educator with further training.
Earn Your Degree Online
As the field of nursing continues to grow and change at a rapid rate, now is a great time to advance your education and become a clinical nurse specialist. With GCU’s online MSN and DNP programs, you can earn your education in a way that is convenient for you. As an accredited university, graduates from GCU’s online programs are prepared to succeed in the workforce.
Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions prepares you to provide quality care to meet the unique needs of the populations you serve. To learn more about nursing degree programs available at GCU, visit our website or contact us today using the Request More Information form at the top of the page.
Written by Lauren Abraham, a senior earning a communication degree at GCU.