Cruise ship nursing jobs are available to RNs and those with advanced nursing degrees. There are no specialized courses for cruise ship nurses. An RN with work experience, preferably in critical and ambulatory care, can apply for a job on a cruise ship. There is no dearth of nursing scholarships and cruise ship nurses are eligible for many of them.

The type of scholarships and grants you are eligible for will depend primarily on your academic performance and financial status. The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. It offers scholarships to nursing students pursuing both basic and advanced degrees. Preference is given to those students that display leadership skills and are engaged in community activities.

The Alpha Tau Delta National Fraternity for Professional Nurses offers the Miriam Fay Furlong Grant to a selected junior member based on academic merit and service rendered to the organization.

Nurses Educational Funds is a non-profit organization that provides funds to registered nurses studying for a graduate degree and in need of financial aid.

When looking for financial aid most relevant to you, be sure to check with the financial aid department of your college. Often state-level financial aid is university- or college-specific and may be available to you regardless of the subject you pursue or level of degree. Many scholarships are reserved for certain demographics such as various minorities and military personnel. If applicable, you should surely tap into these.

Employers are known to help employees they view as assets. There is no harm in checking with your company if they are willing to sponsor your education; for all you know they may readily agree and expect you to stay with them for a stipulated period of time.