I'm a new RN, stil in my first couple months on the floor. I'm settling in well enough, enjoying the work/coworkers (I work in med-surg/tele, this was my first choice after graduation because I wanted the experience and knowledge), and loving a professional salary, but I'm feeling like I'm at a crossroads in my life and wanted some advice.
I know I want to be exactly where I am (med-surg/tele) right now, but over the last 6 months or so I've gradually realized my real passion in nursing and healthcare is in the preventative side of things, I want to improve the overall health of the population and keep people out of the hospital rather than help take care of them once they are already sick.
This has been leading me to think about my career path, and while I originally thought to first pursue a BSN and then some form of advanced licensure or nursing degree (CNS or NP), I'm now starting to think the MPH is more in line with my real passion.
Do any of you have a master's in public health, or experience in the field? what would you recommend?
My background in a Bachelor's in social sciences (with plenty of classes in statistics) and an RN license from an ADN program. To pursue advanced nursing degrees, I would need a BSN 1st, but the bachelor's would let me jump right in to a master's program.
My other main interests are in infection control/epidemiology (which seems to overlap with public health) and diabetes education.
thank very much for any help you can offer, I'm a little overwhelmed by the number of options an RN license presents and I've been thinking hard about what sort of work I can feel really passionate about.