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Can anyone in the Navy guide me towards pursuing a career in nursing administration? I am seriously considering going to school to obtain an MBA and would like to know your thoughts? Thanks

jfratian

jfratian, MSN, RN

Specializes in Adult Critical Care. Has 10 years experience. 1,481 Posts

Just to clarify, you want to be a nursing administrator for the Navy? Are you currently a Navy nurse? I'm pretty sure you can't direct commission as a civilian into an military administrator role; they make you do bedside nursing for a certain period of time. Nursing admin are at least O4s, and you would need 16-18+ years of civilian nursing experience plus a graduate degree to direct commission as an O4. I've never heard of a nurse commissioning that high off the bat to be honest---just docs.

BabyRN21

BabyRN21

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Just to clarify, you want to be a nursing administrator for the Navy? Are you currently a Navy nurse? I'm pretty sure you can't direct commission as a civilian into an military administrator role; they make you do bedside nursing for a certain period of time. Nursing admin are at least O4s, and you would need 16-18+ years of civilian nursing experience plus a graduate degree to direct commission as an O4. I've never heard of a nurse commissioning that high off the bat to be honest---just docs.

Hi jfratian. I'm currently a Navy nurse doing bedside nursing.

jfratian

jfratian, MSN, RN

Specializes in Adult Critical Care. Has 10 years experience. 1,481 Posts

Yeah, I'm not going to be able to help you much there. If you're looking at doing the full-time back to school deal (for the Air Force we have AFIT), know that there are dual MBA/MSN and MBA/MSHA programs. If you are doing the online part-time thing, Trident University offers good military discounts that pretty much makes the degree free with tuition assistance; they are regionally and nationally accredited.