Quote from crazylilkelly
thanks for your advice! i guess i figured it couldn't hurt. the program is set up so i only have to take one online class @ a time so i wouldn't be a full time student. i figured that'd be manageable. you're right though, i'd much rather get experience & figure out if i wanted to pursue the many dif options for nurses. we'll see. i'm just OBSESSIVE about figure out what i want to do in the future (i think its a good thing though).
There is nothing wrong with exploring options, imagining, etc. -- but I wouldn't make any committments of time and money until you have actually explored what it is like to actually be a nurse and the many different options within the discipline of nursing.
For example: Maybe you will really like direct patient care and want to become a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Perhaps you will fall in love with patient teaching and want to specialize in that. Perhaps you will want to be a staff development instructor ... or teach in a nursing school
. Perhaps ...perhaps ... perhaps.
There is nothing wrong with a career in management/administration. But how do you know that is the part of nursing that will be your favorite? And even if you decide to go into management ... why not consider an MSN in Nursing Administration? There are plenty of online programs offering MSN's in a variety of specialties (including Nursing Administration) that would allow you to get your MSN on a part-time basis. Why look outside of nursing before you have even given nursing a chance?
There is one more factor to consider: financial aid. You will probably find more financial aid available for MSN programs than for MBA programs. Your employer will probably support you more if you are getting your Master's in nursing rather than in another field. And with the nursing shortage, there are more special scholarships
, etc. available for people getting nursing degrees. That's likely to continue in the forseeable future.