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University of Texas Announces New Nursing Programs

Going to nursing school is usually the tip of the iceberg for many who work in the field of nursing. Beyond your basic degree, there are many specialized graduate programs where nurses can continue their education to move ahead in their careers. The University of Texas recently announced new programs.

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing has established two new graduate nurse practitioner programs to help alleviate the critical shortage of acute care pediatric and neonatal nurses.

The school is partnering with Dell Children's Hospital and Pediatrix Medical Group to teach and train more students in these areas. Dell Children's Hospital is providing two acute care pediatric nurse practitioner faculty members for the school. Pediatrix, a private practice group of neonatologists that contracts with hospitals nationwide to provide medical care to critically ill babies, is providing salary support.

The Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program begins this summer. The new role was established in response to the need for more acute care pediatric providers within hospitals and specialized pediatric health care clinics, including emergency rooms. The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program, designed to train nurses to care for a rapidly growing group of high-risk infants, specifically those born prematurely and those newborns suffering from life-threatening illnesses, will begin in the fall.

This particular area of nursing is in high demand, and those who earn their graduate education in specialized programs such as these will find a higher pay scale, and many more job opportunities. Right now is a good time to consider going to nursing school online.

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