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Four ways advanced degrees launch nursing careers

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At four million strong, nurses make up the largest segment of the health care workforce. While they expand their knowledge and skills on the job every day, more formal education spells more opportunities for those who pursue advanced degrees.  

From leading in direct patient care to inspiring nursing colleagues to develop evidence-based solutions within their units, future career choices are limitless for nurses with graduate degrees. Below are four reasons why graduate school should be in your future.

Sara Marchessault

Leading in primary care — meet Sara Marchessault, a family nurse practitioner providing care in a rural Northern California community.

Sarah Brown

Educating future nurses — Sarah Brown Blake, a long-time public health nurse, never anticipated her future would be at the front of the classroom.


Viewing health through the lens of innovation — Satish Mahajan, a nurse and doctoral graduate, combines his unique expertise to develop interventions for wellness.

Lori Madden

Improving care based on the evidence — Doctoral graduate and nurse practitioner Lori Madden seeks broad impact in patient care.

Nursing is evolving. At the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, our innovative approach prepares you for a health system not yet fully realized, but certain to ready for your expertise.  Learn more about our graduate nursing programs.