Online Nursing Science Degrees

What Is Nursing Science?

There doesn't seem to be a clear definition for this field, but in general it explores the theories behind nursing. Training in nursing science opens the door to careers in health administration, clinical research, and advanced clinical practice. You can also have excellent opportunities working in nursing education, a career with a severe shortage of applicants. In fact, the shortage of nursing faculty has eclipsed the nursing shortage itself, making a degree in nursing science almost a guarantee for full-time employment. A PhD in nursing science is the highest degree you can receive in an academic nursing career.

What Is A Doctor of Nursing Science Degree?

Nurse scholars who wish to advance in their career generally pursue this program, which offers training in health policy, research, healthcare delivery, and nursing education.

To become a nurse executive, work in health administration, conduct clinical research, or have an advanced clinical practice, you generally need a doctoral degree in nursing from an accredited program.

Training in nurse science includes:
•    Health outcomes measurement
•    Health care economics
•    Statistical analysis
•    Informatics
•    Research methods
•    History and philosophy of nursing science
•    Leadership skills

You must usually complete a clinical defense and dissertation as well.

Career Outlook and Salary Information

As of 2003, more than 300 nursing schools across the United States reported 614 vacancies, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. 60% of these vacancies required a doctorate degree. This means that those who have graduated from an accredited nursing science program will have excellent job prospects.

The current nursing shortage also offers opportunities to negotiate high salaries.

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