Thanks for the response. I found out that I wanted to do research when I was in undergrad. My mind works with systems and populations instead of helping people one by one and discovered my passion for public health. After working at a hospital for a year, I learned that I don't really see myself as a hospital nurse long term. I aspire to work with underserved populations in the community- maybe along the lines of primary care, homeless shelters? My research interest is on how people with mental health disorders can better manage their cardiovascular health- focusing on health equity, social determinants of health. My original plan was to go straight from BSN to a PhD after a few years of clinical experience but was later told that I should become either an FNP or AGPCNP so that I can have a better understanding of the issues in the primary care setting but never really considered the NP route. (I never really shadowed an NP but while working in the hospital- I learned that Im not a super hands on patient care person) There are benefits to working as an NP as I would have a better understanding of the problems patients and providers face in the primary care setting. I started volunteering as an intake nurse in a non-profit community clinic serving uninsured individuals knowing that it is a good idea to get experience in a field that I want to research on. However, its not so much like in the trenches as some of the volunteer NPs experience in the clinic. I was also considering academia in an R1 university and going tenure track and heard that they prefer ppl with MSN and PhD vs someone with a BSN straight to PhD.
Do you have any thoughts on whether it is best to pursue an NP first, work a few more years to gain competence or just going straight to a PhD after this year?
I applied to MPH programs this year to further increase my knowledge and exposure my population of interest and am also considering going for a masters in advanced public health nursing.
I spoke to a professor in nursing and she said that as PhD prepared RNs, we will be teaching theory courses based on our research interests- so I guess for me, that will be public health?