Quote from lucy100
I would love to hear thoughts about this degree. This specialty is not one I have heard much about and I would like to learn more. What is the job outlook with this degree? What type of job titles/positions would you quality for? I have also seen patient safety & Quality as a post-graduate certificate. Any experience or thoughts on this specialty? Thought on degree vs post- graduate certificate?? Thank you!
The degree is actually a MSN degree but offers a specialization in safety and quality, meaning that the curriculum includes the graduate nursing courses and there are specific courses relating to the concentration.
I am a student in that program and chose it because I wanted graduate nursing education but did not want to become a NP and I have worked in clinical management - did not like management - so did not want to study with focus on admin.
There are only few courses left for me and I can say that what I have learned (including the concentration courses) has been very relevant to my work. Like any graduate studies it is more about the bigger picture, connecting the dots, getting in dept knowledge.
My motivation to enter graduate studies was to attain more knowledge, I did not have a specific career goal in mind as I am very satisfied with my work. I hold a specialty certification in my area of work and think that while my specialty cert is very important and proofs that I am an expert in my field, it does not replace the level of expertise I got through graduate studies.
Other students I met throughout the studies have been employed in a variety of positions, many of them in some kind of leadership position, some work in quality.
The thing is this: There are not many position in quality management /quality to begin with. I do not think that entry level positions require a graduate degree but along the road a graduate degree can help you to open other doors, move up and such.
A specialty certification is important nowadays as it proofs that the person has specific knowledge and is able to apply it.
As I mentioned above, I am very happy with my MSN and the concentration, it has changed the way I practice and the way I work with other professionals. Will I ever work specifically in a quality dept? Who knows. There are many other positions but I am not even sure if I would want to give up my very good job, which includes pat contact but not a direct bedside role, and mainly sit at a desk... prob not what I would like.
From my work as a manager I can tell you that if you would like to go into administration/ management a degree specific to that would be most helpful as good management requires specific knowledge and skills. Something like MBA (there is even one that focuses on healthcare...) or nurse management would be probably better. I am not sure what to think of health care administration as a graduate degree.
Nursing education is great but not many jobs/no jobs, clinical nurse leader - nice if you work in some kind of leadership role that does not require big management....