Thank you for your swift response HouTx! I do plan on taking (and passing
) the NCLEX in May of this year (likely 2-3 weeks after graduation) but because of the time demands that come with being a collegiate athlete I will not be able to work as an RN my first year while also playing college basketball (I do work prn as a Student nurse tech on a trauma unit here in saint louis and probably will keep that job after graduation while in grad school the first year). I understand that no matter which degree I decide to pursue, it would be in my best interest to get at least two yrs of experience at the bedside before I could use either graduate degree successfully. Both degree programs take a minimum of 2-2.5 years to complete, so my plan is to play ball and attend graduate school full time this upcoming year, and next summer I will begin my nursing career (with a year of schooling out of the way).
As far as career goals, I honestly have little interest in being a nurse educator. I see myself functioning as either an administrator, sales, or a care provider (NP). The problem is that I really don't know which. In a perfect world I would be attending this university studying in the Nurse Practitioner program, but after speaking with the director of the masters program and advisors it was obvious that my best chance of being accepted into the MSN program was via the nurse educator track (because of my lack of clinical experience and the lack of applicants that they get for their N.educator program). I have thought about applying to the NP program as a transfer after my core courses are completed next year, but there is no guarantee that the transfer would be accepted.
When you say, " just wanted you to know that it would be pretty much impossible just to gloss over the 'nurse' part and look for entry level leadership job in another (non-nursing) area of healthcare. "
Are you saying that an RN with an MBA would only be considered for nursing administrative positions and not other hospital administrative positions? If so,what are the career options for Rn's with their MBA?
The MBA initially intrigued me because of the idea of hospital administration or medical device sales/pharm sales (after a few years at the bedside). I studied marketing my first year in school before switching over to nursing so I have a slight idea of what it is like to be a business student. I think it would be cool to sit in surgeries and travel hospitals selling medical devices or even pharmaceuticals. I have also heard of nurses with their MBA's becoming nursing directors or other administrative hospital positions, but that now most magnet hospitals want their ND's to have their MSN (although I would assume that would be in nurse leadership, not education). Unfortunately the university I will be attending does not offer masters degrees in health administration or nurse leadership. So my options currently are MBA or M.S.N education.
So career goals for me most likely are either administrative, device sales, or as an NP. I realize how silly and broad this all might sound to a seasoned nurse with experience, but it is the situation I find myself in. I do plan on getting a few years of clinical experience before doing any of this, but because of this opportunity to get a year of my masters for free right out of nursing school, I want to be sure that I make the right choice right now.