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RN to MSN in Nursing | Dr. Laura McKay, Program Director, Nursing

RN to MSN in Nursing | Dr. Laura McKay, Program Director, Nursing

Dr. Laura McKay outlines the five specializations that students can pursue in the RN to MSN in Nursing program at South University.

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My name is Laura McKay. I am the Program Director for Nursing at the College of Nursing and Public Health at South University.

The RN to Master of Science in Nursing program has five specializations: Family nurse practitioner, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, nursing informatics, nurse administrator, and nurse educator. This is a program for nurses that are prepared at the associate's or diploma level who are seeking a master's degree, and at the end of the program, they earn both the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing.

We want our students to be prepared to function in all areas of nursing and to be prepared in their specializations to meet the accreditation requirements and to meet the core outcomes. Those include things like leadership, scholarship, and clinical excellence.

Students who earn the degree, upon graduation, can function in a number of advanced nursing roles. Nurse practitioners are functioning as advanced clinicians. Nurse educators are able to teach at the bachelor's and often at the graduate level. Many of the students go on to pursue a doctorate so that they can teach at the graduate level in nursing. So the RN to MSN program is for that motivated student who has demonstrated academic excellence and wants to go directly into a graduate track.

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Online Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in Nursing Informatics - RN to MSN

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With their expertise in healthcare technology, nurse informaticists can transform patient care. From working with telemonitoring technology to patient care devices to electronic health records, nurse informaticists help organizations find and use technology to achieve more efficient, higher quality patient outcomes.

At South University, the RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Specialization in Nursing Informatics degree online program can put you on a path to becoming a leader in nursing informatics. The MSN with a specialization in Nursing Informatics online program equips you to select, design, implement, and maintain informatics solutions for all areas of nursing—including providing direct care, conducting research, establishing administrative systems, designing decision support tools, and managing and delivering educational experiences. Completing this MSN with a specialization in Nursing Informatics program can prepare you to sit for the American Association of College of Nursing certification* exam.

*South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

Earn a BSN and MSN in One Streamlined Program

Built for RNs without a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), South University's RN to MSN programs offer an intensive, streamlined way to earn a BSN and MSN in one program, with fewer total classes. Upon completing this nursing informatics degree online, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate information requirements for nursing practice.
  • Use database management principles to collect and analyze comprehensive data, information, and knowledge pertinent to nursing practice.
  • Use project management principles to develop and implement plans with strategies, alternatives, and recommendations to attain expected nursing informatics outcomes.
  • Integrate current theories of technology implementation to influence identified plans, enhance the abilities of other professionals, and effect change in nursing practice.
  • Analyze computer and information technologies for their application to nursing practice.
  • Collaborate with professionals in related disciplines to develop informatics solutions to nursing problems.
  • Develop strategies for introducing, modifying, and evaluating information systems for nursing practice.

As a Nurse Informaticist, you may use these competencies in traditional healthcare organizations as well as for medical device vendors, software companies, disease management companies, and government agencies.

Complete a CCNE Accredited Online MSN with a specialization in Nursing Informatics Program

The RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing and RN to Master of Science in Nursing specializations, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, and the APRN Post Graduate Certificate programs at South University Online are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE).

Combine Online Learning and Hands-On Training

Led by dedicated faculty who ensure online never means out of touch, our fully online RN to MSN courses progress from foundational nursing theories up to the advanced practice concepts taught in our standard master’s health informatics program. From there, the practicum courses provide valuable, clinical experience in database and project management—all under the supervision of supportive, knowledgeable mentors.

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Learn more about South University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Specialization in Nursing Informatics degree online program today.

Note: This program is not available to residents of Alabama, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and Washington DC.

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