Nursing is a second career for me and I have an MA & BS from previous education. However, to remain competitive in the nursing field, I completed my BSN (I only needed 9 classes) and will be finished in MAY 2018.
My strengths lie in the leadership/managerial area and I have been a manager in my previous career (up to 20 employees), and since I've been a nurse, I have been Charge RN during my shifts (currently, as well).
I am thinking about what I want to do and I am leaning strongly towards nurse manager and/or hospital administration/leadership/upper management, but, I'm not sure how to get there.
My current school once had a leadership/managerial certificate program for those with Master's and/or RNs; and I've been googling some hospital administration programs, as well.
I don't know if I want/need another Master's and I really don't want to do a Ph.D/DNP program. A certification program seems feasible, practical, and economical, with a good prospect of return on investment.
Also, I would like to start/get opportunities to work in the ADN office/position or other management positions. How do I approach this next step of on-the-job-training?
Do you have any suggestions that I should consider?
Dear Wants Management Positions,
To advance into leadership roles, be an outstanding Charge Nurse. Get involved in a committee or two at work. Let others know you are interested in management. In other words, become high profile so you will be seen as a potential candidate when opportunities arise.
Have you applied for any management positions? Interviewing alone is good experience as you'll learn what the expectations are.
I'm not sure how much weight a certificate would carry towards landing a management position. That would depend on the view of the individual hiring manager. Certifications without experience are generally seen as just that, although it does show initiative. Your previous non-nursing management experience should be highlighted on your resume.
I do not know what an ADN office/position is, but if there is such an open position in your organization, apply for it. On the job training starts when you land the job.