Subscribe to our e-digest, Nursing Notes

‹   Back to Specialties

Nurse Researcher

BSN and MSN or PhD

A Nurse Researcher is a scientist who conducts research that improves the field of nursing. These scientists design studies, analyze data, and report their results. Although this specialty can be detailed, it can also be one of the most rewarding, since these nurses make discoveries that directly impact the lives of patients and medical staff.

Things You'll Do:

  • Work on individually-funded projects
  • Write grants
  • Manage databases

Your job characteristics:

  • Structured
  • Behind-the-scenes
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
    More about becoming an RN ›
  • Get Your
    Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Get Your
    Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
  • Getting your PhD is optional to work in the specialty, but might be required to conduct certain types of research. That’s why many schools offer programs that allow students to do research while working on higher degrees.
  • Become a
    Nurse Researcher

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Medical research organizations
    • Laboratories
    • Universities

    find jobs
  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $31K - $40K

    find salary by state
  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • You’ll be able to design your own studies, raise funds for them, implement protocols, and apply your learning to help the nursing profession.

  • Nursing Notes Live

    Interview with Susan Bruce, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology

  • Meet

    An Oncology

    See her story
  • Nursing Notes Live

    Panel Discussion on Clinical Nurse Specialists & other Advanced Nurses


Related Content   
^ Back to top