LISLE, lll., Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The nurses of the future will be involved with policy and new roles in advanced practice nursing (APN). Allocation of nursing staff and how nursing will integrate with the full spectrum of healthcare practice is likely to change in the next 10 to 20 years. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161123/442622LOGO Leadership roles can be a vibrant part of a nursing career so that nurses are able to add their expertise to policy decisions and better integration of services. Currently, 60 percent of nurses practice in hospitals. That can change as nursing services are allocated to more locations, from homes to clinics, public health policy positions to neighborhood centers. A newer position in nursing is the advanced practice nurse, who could be in a specialty such as midwifery or anesthesia. With the advanced training nurses receive, options for more specialties are possible. At Benedictine University, the online Master of Science in Nursing offers a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The MSN program provides the opportunity to learn tools for leadership, advanced nursing practices, and what is required for advancement in the career. The program begins with 18-credit hours of foundational courses that focus on collaboration among healthcare professionals, ethics, research and process improvement, information processing and technologies, policy and advocacy, quality improvement and safety. Once the foundation courses are completed, students are given a choice of one of two concentrations, either nurse educator (21 credit hours) or nurse executive leadership (18 credit hours.) Each of the concentration curricula includes a capstone course, where coursework is used in practical applications.