MSN or PhD when I already have an MBA - page 2

I have a BSN in nursing (new grad) and an MBA with extensive work experience in another field (consulting, sales, international business, export). Do I need to get an MSN or can I go directly to the... Read More

  1. by   MBARN
    Another excellent point, my university is in the top 5% and their funding is very good. I am just meeting with a prof to get her views. I really can't move from where I am at so it is either a mostly on line endeavor or I stay put!
  2. by   BBFRN
    http://crisp.cit.nih.gov/

    You can check the CRISP database, to see what research in your focus area is currently being funded as well.
  3. by   MBARN
    Thank you so much!
  4. by   MBARN
    Quote from ghillbert
    What do you want to do with it? There's no point getting either an MSN or a PhD just for the hell of it. Usually it's best to work a bit, figure out what job/specialty you'd like to concentrate on, and then figure out what degree will get you there.
    I wasn't planning on getting the degree "for the hell of it", I have many options b/c of my previous career endeavors so I have more questions and more analysis that I need to do to find the optimal career path for myself!
  5. by   ghillbert
    Sounds good - my point was just that the additional research into the best path for you is necessary before deciding what education will get you there. A PhD in and of itself doesn't give you credibility - like many things, it's what you do for it and with it that gives you credibility.

    Sounds like you have a good starting point planned out. Good luck.
  6. by   Abby Normal
    If it's just the health care field in general you want some experience/credibility in, and not nursing specifically, maybe a master's/PhD in Public Health would be more up your street. It's an option to discuss anyway.

    I am not a nurse yet. I am applying to graduate programs, so I defer to people who know more.

    If you're not REALLY into the patient part of it, it's not going to be a happy several years for you. You really have to be at peace with wiping butts, being placed in clinicals not of your choosing, not just for a few months, but for YEARS. I know you're not stupid, I am just making the contrast plain.

    I'm not getting the vibe that this is what excites you about nursing.

    And there is no time saved by jumping straight to the doctorate (I have an unrelated master's and I looked into it.) It's not an either/or, it's an and. For every program I have looked into, you must first get a master's in nursing, then a doctorate. And it doesn't sound like you have an RN, so there's that to acquire. (Please tell me if I'm wrong.)


    So a PhD in Public Health could conceivably save you time as well, if you find it fits your needs.

    As others have said, it's your needs that matter. The more people I ask about the PhD, the clearer that becomes.

    Of course, you could get them all. Then, with an MBA, nursing PhD and PhD in Public Health, you'd be so cool-scary-smart you'd have to get your own private island!
  7. by   MBARN
    Quote from Abby Normal
    If it's just the health care field in general you want some experience/credibility in, and not nursing specifically, maybe a master's/PhD in Public Health would be more up your street. It's an option to discuss anyway.

    I am not a nurse yet. I am applying to graduate programs, so I defer to people who know more.

    If you're not REALLY into the patient part of it, it's not going to be a happy several years for you. You really have to be at peace with wiping butts, being placed in clinicals not of your choosing, not just for a few months, but for YEARS. I know you're not stupid, I am just making the contrast plain.

    I'm not getting the vibe that this is what excites you about nursing.

    And there is no time saved by jumping straight to the doctorate (I have an unrelated master's and I looked into it.) It's not an either/or, it's an and. For every program I have looked into, you must first get a master's in nursing, then a doctorate. And it doesn't sound like you have an RN, so there's that to acquire. (Please tell me if I'm wrong.)


    So a PhD in Public Health could conceivably save you time as well, if you find it fits your needs.

    As others have said, it's your needs that matter. The more people I ask about the PhD, the clearer that becomes.

    Of course, you could get them all. Then, with an MBA, nursing PhD and PhD in Public Health, you'd be so cool-scary-smart you'd have to get your own private island!
    I hadn't thought about public health, that might just be a good fit and NO don't want to get 2 phd's lol.
  8. by   MBARN
    Any advice? I would love to be a nurse practitioner but I also want to write and research with my PhD. Has anybody gotten their PhD first in Public Health then their FNP? I am a new BSN and do need several years of clinical experience b/f becoming an NP. I have business consulting experience in the international area and was interested in Global Health. Also, I feel I need a more scientific understanding in nursing to possibly more deeply pursue global health issues. Any advice??

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