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Advanced Practice in Nursing

A bachelor of science degree in nursing from Thomas More College (program accredited by the National League for Nursing) prepares the nurse for entry into one of the advanced practice nursing specialties.

Nurse Anethestist

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) are anesthesia specialists who administer approximately 65% of the 26 million anesthetics given to patients each year in the US. Education qualifications include a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in nurse anesthesia. A PhD is also available.

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Nurse Practitioner

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has advanced education and clinical training in a health care specialty. Recognized as expert health care providers, nurse practitioners deliver basic health care for infants, children, adults, and families in a wide range of outpatient and inpatient settings. Nurse practitioners may prescribe medication, and in many states practice independently without physician collaboration or supervision. Most nurse practitioners are prepared in master's degree programs, and some receive certification requiring additional clinical training beyond the master's degree.

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Clinical Nurse Specialist

A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is a masters prepared, advanced practice nurse whose care focuses on a specific patient population (critical care, geriatrics, pediatrics, etc.). A CNS divides her time into five general areas- clinical practice, teaching, research, consulting, and management. Clinical Nurse Specialists may prescribe medication, and in some states practice independently without physician collaboration or supervision.

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Nurse-Midwife

Nurse-midwifery practice is the independent management of women's health care, focusing particularly on pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, care of the newborn, and the family planning and gynecological needs of women.

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