Hey everybody! I wasn't sure where to post this so I chose nursing management. I'm getting my BSN soon and have a million thoughts running through my head on the direction I want to take my nursing career. My top 3 considerations include: managing a large medical corporation/business, becoming an NP, and becoming a CRNA. Becoming an NP or CRNA would be the "easy route" in a sense because all I have to do is get accepted into a program so I am not going to talk any further about those 2 options.
I would love to get into an administrative role in a large medical company one day but have NO idea how to do it or where to start. I am not referring to charge nurse or nurse unit manager roles, but a larger role such as a hospital administrator or a director of medical staffing agencies. **Nothing against unit managers or charge nurses, I just know I can't deal with the 24/7 headaches that come with the job.
If anybody reading this currently has an administrative role or has combined their nursing career with a business role please enlighten me on what you are doing and how you got there.
Also, if anybody has the answer to these questions please let me know:
1. Do managerial/director positions exist for nurses in medical staffing agencies such as MSN?
2. Would getting a MBA in the future open any opportunities?
Jan 1, '14
All good questions. If you just graduated with your BSN, sitting down and setting up some milestones for the next ten years is important. I assume you are not an RN to BSN and that you have no nursing experience? If so, you need at least 2 years nursing experience as a floor RN. Then I would start training for charge nurse positions, or assistant unit managers, house supervisors, etc. Learn as much as you can. If you want a hospital administrator position, like a director or CNO, you have to work your way up the ranks. This almost always involves a unit manager position to start. If you do that for 4-5 years, and have a handle about how it is run 1 unit, start applying for director jobs and manage multiple units for at least 4-5 years. Then I would apply for CNO positions. In the meanwhile, I would get your MSN or MHA (masters of health administration). I think the MBA is less important these days for nurses (this is my opinion). Employers want to see that you can manage a large number of FTE's, stay under budget, have a healthy operating margin, and maintain your quality metrics. You will need a master's in nursing though. Some magnet facilities are requiring that a masters degree for unit managers as entry level and I wouldn't be surprised if that trend increases.
I'm sure managerial director roles exist in medical staffing agencies but I imagine you would have to work up through the ranks there as well. I'm not as familiar with those organizations.
Good luck in your journey! The world is your oyster!