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Getting my MSN/MBA what job should I search for?

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Hi Nurse Beth,

I came across a post on here regarding submitting career questions to you. I figured I would maybe run this by you because I’ve been thinking about what I could possibly do with my future in healthcare.

I have been a nurse for 10 years. Initially, I worked on a cardiac step down unit and now I work from home as a triage nurse for an insurance company.

Education wise, I began nurse practitioner school and quit half way through. ( I did very well, I just realized how overworked and under appreciated NPs are). I took off two years and then transitioned into a dual MSN/MBA program which I will complete within the next year.
As a side note, I love to write and I have a strong desire to make a change in healthcare ( don’t we all!). I have seen how our broken healthcare system has cost the lives of patients and I want to use my education and experience to make a change.

Do you have any insight on any steps I could take or positions that a MSN/MBA nurse would be able to secure?

I look forward to your feedback!
Stay healthy!

(As a side note, I’m more on the introverted side)

Dear Wants to Make a Change,

Having your MSN/MBA is terrific preparation and will open many doors for you. Some people feel that an MBA is valuable, but lacks the nursing focus of a graduate nursing degree. A dual degree gives you credibility both within and without of the nursing profession.

Healthcare policy is also a recommended course of study for anyone interested in making healthcare changes at the system level. Job-wise, public health nursing can be a good launching ground to learn about public health and work your way up.

With your degree, you can be a healthcare administrator or patient care executive, an educator, or almost any non-clinical role requiring an advanced degree. Many times it's the advanced degree itself as much as the specialty that makes you competitive and lands you the job.

Talk to others in your program. Some of them are already in fields that may interest you, and are earning their academic degrees to advance in that field.

Best wishes,

Nurse Beth

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llg has 43 years experience as a PhD, RN and specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

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I am curious ... Why did you choose to pursue the MSN/MBA combination? What types of jobs did you hope for when you chose that program?

Personally, I think that combo degree is a wonderful preparation for anyone interested in many positions associated with health care management, nursing administration, health care leadership - policy - finance. But what was the dream/vision that motivated you to sign up for this particular program? I think that is the key to the types of jobs you should seek.

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PCU_RN9 is a MSN and specializes in Insurance/ cardiac.

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On 4/10/2020 at 12:34 PM, Nurse Beth said:

Hi Nurse Beth,

I came across a post on here regarding submitting career questions to you. I figured I would maybe run this by you because I’ve been thinking about what I could possibly do with my future in healthcare.

I have been a nurse for 10 years. Initially, I worked on a cardiac step down unit and now I work from home as a triage nurse for an insurance company.

Education wise, I began nurse practitioner school and quit half way through. ( I did very well, I just realized how overworked and under appreciated NPs are). I took off two years and then transitioned into a dual MSN/MBA program which I will complete within the next year.
As a side note, I love to write and I have a strong desire to make a change in healthcare ( don’t we all!). I have seen how our broken healthcare system has cost the lives of patients and I want to use my education and experience to make a change.

Do you have any insight on any steps I could take or positions that a MSN/MBA nurse would be able to secure?

I look forward to your feedback!
Stay healthy!

(As a side note, I’m more on the introverted side)

Dear Wants to Make a Change,

Having your MSN/MBA is terrific preparation and will open many doors for you. Some people feel that an MBA is valuable, but lacks the nursing focus of a graduate nursing degree. A dual degree gives you credibility both within and without of the nursing profession.

Healthcare policy is also a recommended course of study for anyone interested in making healthcare changes at the system level. Job-wise, public health nursing can be a good launching ground to learn about public health and work your way up.

With your degree, you can be a healthcare administrator or patient care executive, an educator, or almost any non-clinical role requiring an advanced degree. Many times it's the advanced degree itself as much as the specialty that makes you competitive and lands you the job.

Talk to others in your program. Some of them are already in fields that may interest you, and are earning their academic degrees to advance in that field.

Best wishes,

Nurse Beth

Thank you 🙂

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