This is the best forum that I could find to present my delima. I am currently a LPN and a RHIA student (graduate May 7). I have 7 years of working in nursing and 2 years of working in HIM. I am becoming interested in UM, QI, HIPAA, Privacy and Security. I live in a rural area and from what I have seen hospitals want RNs for UM and QI. I am supposed to start a career mobility program in August. However, I had the opportunity to visit with a person who is over privacy and security for a very large health system in north Texas. He suggested going for a Masters in Health Care Admin with certifications in privacy from AHIMA. I looked into it and found a local school that offers most of these classes online. I am torn, I don't know if I should go ahead with RN school (only 1 year) or start working on a HCA degree. My fear is that I will earn the RN and not really use it i.e. bedside nursing, or any kind of hands on nursing but on the other hand having a RN license would mean that I could practice if I wanted to. If I go the masters degree route I feel like I am closing the door on nursing forever and that saddens me.
I am open to everyone's thoughts.