I am asking this question for a friend of mine who isn't on this board.
I have a co-worker who has a BSN that also has a BS in Communications. She has been a staff RN for about five years. Like most facilities, the ones around here have got on the "gotta have a master's degree" for all management positions in the hospitals, to run clinics, etc. She also has about 15 years of work experience in another industry, non-healthcare related.
She really and truly has no desire to become a nurse practitioner. She has amazing people skills. She is great at taking complex projects and making them simple and has this great ability to think objectively.
She is considering an MBA with a Healthcare Administration emphasis, but she is scared to death to start the program (that she has been accepted to already), because co-workers are discouraging her, claiming that she is 100% wasting her time because she isn't a manager already. She has already deferred her admission once and is getting cold feet again.
She has two children and her husband left her a year ago, so she really, really needs to advance.
She knows she isn't going to waltz out of school and get a six-figure job...she is realistic, but she really needs to do better than the $22/hr she is doing now, which barely pays the bills.
Would she be wasting her time?