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American Sentinel University Nursing Student Details How Earning MSN Advanced Career as Perioperative Nurse on

MSN increases knowledge and skills to enable nurses to practice more independently.

Online nursing programs are helping to transform nursing education by making advanced nursing more accessible to working clinical nurses.

As a busy perioperative nurse at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., Tracey Young, MSN, RN, often was pressed for time. So, like many nurses pursuing advanced degrees, she took advantage of an online graduate nursing program to earn her MSN.

She earned the degree through Aurora, Colo.-based American Sentinel University, which partners with Geisinger.

Young discusses her journey in earning her MSN, how earning an MSN helped benefit her career as a perioperative nurse and offers advice to fellow perioperative nurses who are considering pursuing an MSN in the December issue of

“The MSN increased my knowledge and skills enabling me to practice more independently. Specifically, it has helped me to better understand various research tools and provided me with more knowledge and greater understanding of the perioperative specialty,” says Young.

Read Young’s complete Q&A article in’s special perioperative special topics here. The article is courtesy of OnCourse Learning.

American Sentinel University offers a CCNE-accredited MSN, nursing informatics program to prepare nurses to translate healthcare data into meaningful information, identify opportunities and implement new technologies that improve patient outcomes and reduce risk. Nurses with a master’s degree in nursing informatics are prepared to assume critical roles managing health information systems in ambulatory, acute and long-term care settings, as well as the public health environment.

U.S. News and Report recognizes American Sentinel’s MSN program as being among the ‘Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs.’

Learn more about American Sentinel University’s online MSN Nursing Informatics Program at or call 866.922.5690.

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