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How do I become a string applicant when applying for masters in Nursing?

I graduate in May 2022 and I want to get a year of experience before applying for masters in nursing and was wondering what I can do to ensure my success in the application process

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Katelyn’s Answer

When applying to grad school for your Masters In Nursing, I would recommend having some volunteer hours documented, and maybe working towards becoming a preceptor to a new nurse on your unit (after you gain experience of course). Progressing to a preceptor or charge RN shows professional development in the field.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for helping, as an international student i can only get 1 year of experience before i must be back in school to stay in the country so i will try to work towards that goal! hargun
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Erika’s Answer

This is a great question! I think the first step would be to explore the different options for a Masters in Nursing and see what you are most interested in. There are many different types of Master's degrees in nursing: Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, Certified Nurse Midwife, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, public health nursing/community health, Nursing Administration, Nursing Informatics, Diabetes Specialist, Nursing research, the list goes on and on. I would start by doing some research on these different specialties and seeing what sparks your interest. If you work for a health system perhaps you can even seek out these specialists and pick their brains about their day to day work.

Another piece of advice that I found to be super helpful when applying for my MSN degree was having a couple of years of nursing work under my belt. This gave me the opportunity to really build a foundation for my practice and allow me to utilize and strengthen my critical thinking stills.
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