Quote from kane77
I'm 37 years old and have been in the military for 19 years as a medical corpsman, and plan to do 30 years. I'm currently enrolled in a MHA/MBA dual degree program. My passion is patient care and management. I had a meeting with a recruiter from a local nursing program and she said that after reviewing my transcripts that I have already completed 40/60 pre-reqs plus my bachelors degree required for the accelerated BSN program. I would like to apply to this program before I retire, and once I have been a nurse for couple of years, I would like to pursue a healthcare mangement job. Some people have said I should apply for a top healthcare mangement job and avoid nursing because they said my advanced degree is too high for this position. When I'm retired I can devote full time to an accelerated BSN program. Should I pursue my BSN?
Are these people hiring managers that are willing to take you without experience? Otherwise, don't believe the HYPE! Advanced degrees mean nothing without work experience. MBAs start at the bottom floor without work experience. So it is not beneath you to start off as a Staff RN once you are a New Grad. In fact, the degree is not related so it will not be considered against your hire.
As you can see by my user ID, I have an MBA. The route of becoming a RN first and working the floors is the route many of us on this board are taking to become clinical mangers within the hospital setting.
In general, RNs manage nurses, coordinate patient care, and run clinical departments (MDs can run clinical departments too); not others. On the other hand, if you are trying to run an accounting department, Risk Management, etc. then that is different. You do not need
to be a RN, though it helps. GL!