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Torn between MSN/MBA or FNP

nhnurse25 nhnurse25 (New) New

I am interested in obtaining my masters degree but am unsure which route to take. I have been a nurse for 4 years and have had experience in the float pool, med surg, and most recently post partum and plastic surgery. I have taken business classes in the past and have done well and enjoyed them. With all the options available I am unsure if I should go the MSN/MBA track or pursue FNP. I can see myself enjoying Primary care as an FNP or a leadership role in healthcare with my MSN / MBA. I want to ensure the degree I obtain will provide immediate career advancement and will be beneficial salary wise. With such vast choices in nursing I am having a hard time coming to a decision. Also what opportunities would be available with a MSN/MBA?

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 40 years experience.

I would suggest that since you have had four jobs in your four years as a nurse that you are perhaps not ready for graduate education yet. And by that, I mean that you have failed to find your groove. I would advise finding that passion in nursing, and then work on deciding how to best go about meeting that end.

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

Not sure I agree with PP - there's no shame in exploring multiple practice areas. Sometimes it takes a while to find your niche.

If you're looking for 'immediate' advancement opportunities, NP is the way to go. It takes a while to move up the ladder in nursing leadership... there's no such thing as overnight success. Nursing Administration is a very challenging practice area that requires actual experience at lower levels in order to qualify for the next step.... very similar to non-academic nurse educator position careers. However, in the longer term, successful nurse administrators will earn quite a bit more than NPs. Administrator salaries >$200k (plus exec bonus) are not that unusual in larger organizations.


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