Online Nursing Masters Degree
The proliferation of Internet has given people a new dimension when it comes to learning and education. Today, advance nursing programs can be completed online with the use of a computer and the Internet.
Starting this fall of 2011, the School of Nursing at Wayland Baptist University in Texas will offer a nursing program that will be available online. It will be a 36 hour praogram which will help students acquire skills that are necessary to train future nurses.
In addition, the distance learning track is interdisciplinary in nature and requires students to take a course from Wayland Baptist’s School of Business introducing them to topics such as marketing, finance and management, and organizational structure. The degree also includes a focus on organizational structure, which is vital in healthcare situations whether the setting is a hospital or a school.
According to Diane Frazor, dean at the university’s School of Nursing. “In education, every faculty member I hire must have a master’s degree in nursing of some sort, and most hospitals are looking at nurse educators to be master’s degree prepared.”
Frazor said most lean toward preparing nurses for the clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner roles instead of the education route. And when it comes to making that leap into the nurse educator field, most people have had to learn as they go.
“Master’s degrees used to be only for administrators or nurse practitioners, so folks who teach have all just had to learn how to do that in the classroom by trial and error,” she said. “I got my doctorate in education so I would have the education experience as well.”
This degree, then, will help prepare nurses to step into the education realm with confidence that they know not only how to be good nurses but how to teach others to be good nurses.
Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that job opportunities for health educators are projected to increase by 18 percent over the next seven years.
For more information about the master’s degree in nursing, contact the School of Nursing at (210) 486-5034 or visit the Web site at www.sa.wbu.edu.
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