I am curious about something. Has anyone done a non-nursing masters (with the obvious exclusion of an MBA which is completely focused on admin) degree? If so, in what field and what is your experience with having it? Did you find it helpful or burdensome in your employment endeavors?
I ask this because I am torn between the decision to do an MSc in a multidisciplinary discipline or an MScN. Currently, I have a thesis director and complete funding from a pharma company to do an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience with my specality being Neuropharmacology. This is an intense area of interest to me, I am really passionate about pharmacology and drug development and would not be opposed to working for a pharmaceutical company in the future. So this seems like a reasonable choice right? Well, it get's complicated; I do also like nursing and would like to work in nursing education either at a college or university level (I live in Canada which our education is a bit different). Thus, my plan was to do an MSc in Neuroscience and then do a DNSc or DNP (I think these terms of interchangeable? Personally, I like the look of DNSc better, but that's just me
) to give me the graduate level nursing education I would need to be an expert in the nursing field; but also I feel like a DNSc would also contribute to my knowledge of pharmaco because, from what I see in the course outline, it is very heavy into research AND advanced practice stuff in the area of pharmacology and diseases diagnosis (which I think is extremely important for pharmaceutical development). And a DNSc you can get to directly from a BSN, so they wouldn't discriminate for a non-nursing masters. And also, if I did teach nursing I would want to teach pharmaco, A&P and pathophysiology.
So this is my thinking, but I could have totally missed the boat which is why I am asking for everyone's feedback. In reality, if you look at the great nursing scholars, FEW OF THEM did their doctoral studies in nursing? Why? Because nursing graduate studies is a relatively new invention and nurses with a BSN have traditionally perused higher-level education in multidisciplinary areas. I am a strong supporter of multidisciplinary education and think that most nurses who want to do higher education should step outside of nursing for a bit. I am really pleased that I am able to do such things, it shows that nursing education prepares people for basically anything health related.
Anyway your feedback is appreciated!