PhD student who is also a New Grad! So Confused! - page 3

Hello All, I am recently finishing up a Entry Level Masters Program and graduating in a few weeks and will be taking the NCLEX really soon. I was very excited to get out there and work, however I received the opportunity to... Read More

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    You should pick whichever job you enjoy. If your going to be a career researcher then your research interests will determine if you need clinical experience. If you are a researcher then publication, grants, and research will determine your employability, not clinical experience. I work 24 hours a week and do part time education in a Phd program. You will only need clinical experience if you want to do clinical research. Practicing nurses will not accept a non-clinician telling them how to practice. Much research in nursing does not require clinical experience. Psychosocial adjustment is not specific to clinical practice ( just one example). Congratulations on getting into a funded program. Regardless of what area of nursing you work in, I doubt any particular area will take any more time outside of work hours. The stress should be taken into account. Go with what makes you happiest, only you will know if high acuity patients will stress you out.

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    It is commons for people to come to allnurses to ask for advice, in hopes that the advice is exactly what they want to hear. When you post in a forum that is viewed by many graduate and doctoral prepared nurses who have struggled to achieve their goals at various levels of experience. I am beginning my PhD in the fall, and I personally feel like I don't have enough recent clinical experience to draw upon (and I have been a nurse for 19 years). I'm trying not to get into a panic about what I'm going to research, and I've seen and experienced a good amount of stuff.

    as far as you possibly teaching in the future, I want to tell you (in the kindest way possible), do not be surprised if a college or university does not hire you. You have NO clinical experience. It doesn't matter that you have a masters and will have a PhD. My colleagues who are in the search committee tell me that this is happening so much more lately (applicants who have the degree, but literally no experience). Schools need nurses with experience to teach. Students can smell inexperienced nurses.
    I have been teaching for 8 years, and had 10 years of experience before I started, and there are times where I do not feel like I have as much as I want to give my students. An educator will never know everything, but they have to know something. And you can't get all of what you need in graduate school. This goes for both theory and clinical you need stories, anecdotes, tricks, etc to share with students.

    It's great that you want to pursue the degree, but you need to think about the practical application of it. What exactly will you do with it, and do you have enough experience to draw from in order to get the degree?
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    Hello BCRNA..i totallly agree with all of the advice you have given...since writing this entry post I have learned so much about my research path and know that I will be a lifelong researcher and I realize that I do not require that much clinical experience. But thank you for every single word you expressed because I really think that this sums it up for me! I know that I will be more in community research and this makes me happiest! Thank you again!
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    @PROFRN4 Congrats for starting your PhD in the fall! I think thats its really good that you have years of experience and you should probably feel more confident because you have those years of experience.

    Yet, I did want to remark that for the field I am going into is specifically for research and many of these universities and institutions would hire me without clinical experience, because I have had the research experience after I finish my PhD. I had to have the same conversation with my advisor, who instructed me that I want to go to an institution that will allow me to do less teaching and more researching and I think that's the issue. I know that I will most likely never get a job as Med-Surg faculty position but I do have high hopes of teaching nursing research or nursing theory at these schools. Also, they are encouraging students like myself to come into nursing research because we bring a different perspective from our background and can contribute to the nursing field, depending on if we came from an engineering field or even art.

    Also, almost every discipline lets their students continue to highest level without experience yet, such as sociology or public health, except nursing. From reading different journals, they are trying to make that move and encourage students who may not have all that experience but have the passion for research to continue. Now with a DNP, I understand, because you need clinical practice. But if you are research in informatics or in a familiar community that has health issues, a nurse with no experience can contribute so much nursing knowledge to the field.

    I do agree that for some fields of teaching some field of nursing research, you should have experience, such as research on patients' reactions to the insertion of central line catheter. But for researching on diverse communities and broadening the nursing field, I believe that your background and experience with your population can provide so much more to the nursing field than having experience. Therefore, it differs with each PhD student and what their life goals are and how they want to contribute to overall nursing discipline.


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    It is commons for people to come to allnurses to ask for advice, in hopes that the advice is exactly what they want to hear. When you post in a forum that is viewed by many graduate and doctoral prepared nurses who have struggled to achieve their goals at various levels of experience. I am beginning my PhD in the fall, and I personally feel like I don't have enough recent clinical experience to draw upon (and I have been a nurse for 19 years). I'm trying not to get into a panic about what I'm going to research, and I've seen and experienced a good amount of stuff.

    as far as you possibly teaching in the future, I want to tell you (in the kindest way possible), do not be surprised if a college or university does not hire you. You have NO clinical experience. It doesn't matter that you have a masters and will have a PhD. My colleagues who are in the search committee tell me that this is happening so much more lately (applicants who have the degree, but literally no experience). Schools need nurses with experience to teach. Students can smell inexperienced nurses.
    I have been teaching for 8 years, and had 10 years of experience before I started, and there are times where I do not feel like I have as much as I want to give my students. An educator will never know everything, but they have to know something. And you can't get all of what you need in graduate school. This goes for both theory and clinical you need stories, anecdotes, tricks, etc to share with students.

    It's great that you want to pursue the degree, but you need to think about the practical application of it. What exactly will you do with it, and do you have enough experience to draw from in order to get the degree?
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    There are lots of MD researchers who don't work clinically. There are some researchers that do both. Same with clinical psychology, many in the field only conduct research and do not do therapy or function in a clinical capacity, others do both. I don't see why nursing would be any different. Sounds like you have an exciting career ahead of you, good luck!
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    You seem to have made up your mind. OK. As long as you are aware of your limitations as a nursing leader, researcher, and teacher .. I am OK with that. There are some topics that don't require actual nursing experience. As long as you stick to them, you'll probably be OK.


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