Nursing dean says master's degrees, certification open doors

Vanderbilt University's retiring dean of nursing Colleen Conway-Welch says when she was first a nurse-midwife she found that nurses with master's degrees and certification had a distinct advantage in the profession and that is still the case today when "you can go anywhere and do anything." A shortage of faculty will "force us to be more nimble and look at additional educational models," she said.

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