Help! Confused at 50!

  1. Hello Fellow Nurses,

    I'm needing some career advice. I've been an LPN for almost 2 yrs. Enjoy my work. I'm in my late 40's, Have 15-20 more yrs to work.
    I've worked in LTC, now in psych. nursing & acute care. Am needing to decide if I really want to earn the RN or to use the MBA that I earned 8 years ago but have not used. I am good with numbers and dealing with people.However I haven't really used my MBA since getting it in '04.I am a good nurse but nursing is not my natural passion, business is. I've read on this site that LTC administrator jobs are hard to find and that it's not a good job(never able to please your boss) and to stick with nursing. I've experienced a lot of layoff's and enjoy the stability of nursing which administrator/tive positions may not have. The 2 options i see are for me to get my RN and go into travel nursing or to not earn the RN but try to find an MBA healthcare position.
    Does anybody have any advice for me.? I know this is a disjointed post but would appreciate some honest feedback. I'm preparing for the LPN to RN program and I don't feel the excitement that I should be feeling. I'm practically 50, should i stick with a field that is "safe" or use myMBA.
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  3. by   wecan11
    Any advice would be appreciated!
  4. by   HouTx
    MBA without healthcare adm. experience is not very attractive to employers because healthcare is a 'different animal', from a financial standpoint. Many schools are offering MBA in healthcare these days. Would it be possible for you to obtain a post-masters certification? (don't even know if those are available).

    "Practically 50" is NOT old.. that would make me ancient - LOL. But I do understand your need to move into a less physically demanding job and this would be much more feasible if you had your RN. There are non-bedside jobs available to LPNs such as chart audit for insurance/case management - but with the future of healthcare finance so uncertain, I don't know how these jobs will fare in the future.

    Best of luck with your career transition.