Quote from galaxy781
Are there any PHD nurses out there that can tell me what the benefits of have a PHD and what exactly it prepares you for? Also stupid question prob. but what does ADN stand for?? is it associates degree in nursing? Thanks!!!
I have a PhD in nursing and am quite happy that I do. It is a considerable investment to get that much formal education ... so, I wouldn't recommend it for everyone. But as I said, I definitely have no regrets.
Most people get PhD's because they want to work in academia. A PhD is required for upper-level faculty positions at universities, particularly at larger and/or more prestigeous schools. A PhD is also gives you an advantage in securing research grants.
However, that's not why I did it. Some of us just want to learn all that we can. For me, getting my PhD fulfilled an intrinsic need that I had to study my profession at the highest level. I wanted the knowledge that was obtainable through that study. I didn't do it to obtain a specific job. The particular PhD program that I chose stimulated my thinking in ways that would not have happened if I had not gone back to school. It helped me develop a deeper understanding of the nursing, intellectual activity within nursing, and knowledge in general. That's what I sought and that's what I got.
My PhD also gives me an inner satisfaction in knowing that my academic preparation equals (or betters) that of my colleagues in other professions -- such as medicine. It's not that I use it as a big "power trip thing," but people sort of quietly nod and give my ideas a little more respect. It's made it a little easier for me to get my ideas implemented in practice.
Finally, my PhD program helped me develop some specific skills (mostly related to research and/or educational topics) that have helped me develop a nice role for myself within the hospital setting. I get to teach some of the "fun" classes within the staff development ... I get to do surveys, investigate issues, establish and evaluate new programs, etc. That kind of work is usually done in the context of a "nice job" with good flexible hours, minimal stress, etc.
I hope that helps. ... and yes, ADN does stand for "associate's degree."
But I'm curious ... why are you asking about a PhD?