DNP Programs Massachusetts

Almost four years of research have proven the validity of moving the current preparation for advanced nursing practice from the master’s degree to the doctorate level. In spite of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s endorsement of this move, the Massachusetts Board of Nursing maintains the master’s degree as the standard for advanced practice. Advanced practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists, are registered nurses who have completed additional … Read the rest

MSN Programs Massachusetts

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) care for thousands of Massachusetts residents, including seniors, newborns, expectant moms, and mental health patients. Their specialized education and training prepare them to practice beyond the duties of a registered nurse. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Board of Registration in Nursing recognizes several APRN roles: Nurse Practitioner (CNP), Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), and Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (PCNS). There are countless studies that confirm APRNs’ … Read the rest

BSN Programs Massachusetts

Although registered nurses’ training, education, and skill sets vary, they have one thing in common: they are all registered and licensed through their passage of the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN). There are three training pathways – the diploma, associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in nursing – to prepare for licensure as a registered nurse. In light of the expanded role of nurses and the complexities within healthcare, nursing organizations highly recommend the bachelor’s degree. Even so, many … Read the rest

RN to BSN Programs Massachusetts

As a state, Massachusetts has taken bold initiatives to advance the recommendations contained in the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing report. Three key organizations, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE), the Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the Massachusetts Hospital Association have been working assiduously to present solutions for the seamless progression of nursing students from the associate to baccalaureate and other advanced degrees with the goal to raising the percentage of nurses who hold a BSN or … Read the rest

Massachusetts RN Requirements and Training Programs

Nurses have a pivotal role in improving patient care is diverse health care systems. The associate degree in nursing program (ADN or ASN) seeks to prepare nurses to fill such as role. But as the State of Massachusetts seeks to advance the IOM’s recommendations in the Future of Nursing report, it is critical that ADN-graduates become forward thinking to complete the BSN degree. Massachusetts is one of only nine states that have been recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation … Read the rest