I am currently a fourth-year PhD student. I'm getting my PhD in sociomedical sciences (public health) with a focus in psychology. I should be finishing up next spring or summer, and I intend to enter into a research career. My next step would be to do a postdoc in health research, and then on to be a professor of public health. My research interests are in the intersections between mental health and HIV/sexual health in African American women, and one of my interests is actually around the quality and success of mental health care by mid-level providers (NPs, PAs, and LCSWs) as compared to psychiatrists.
When searching for postdocs, I recently realized that many (most?) of the professors doing research that is most interesting and relevant to my interests are nursing professors! When searching for mentors at many schools
the best suited ones are in nursing. Starting in my third year I have frequently thought about how useful and nice it would be to have a clinical specialty and be able to practice mental health counseling/care in addition to doing research on it. In addition, I've realized that while public health professor positions can be somewhat difficult to come along, nursing professor positions are just...out there. Even some of the top schools in nursing INVITE people to apply, which is unheard of in academia, and many positions are advertised to people with PhDs in related fields and an MSN in nursing. I've thought about getting an accelerated BSN and then doing an MSN in psychiatric-mental health nursing, with a minor in women's health. Or I could enter one of those BSN/MSN programs. My goal in doing this would be to work as a nursing professor, conducting research as a faculty member, and perhaps working as a per diem nurse doing mental health care.
So I ask the nurse educators here - is this feasible? Possible? Does it make sense? What things should I consider? I'm still relatively young (I'll be 26 this year) and 3ish more years of school doesn't daunt me.