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by OptimistMG OptimistMG (New Member) New Member

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Hello allnurses.com community,

I am currently an MPH student and have plans for nursing school afterwards. I have an interest in global health, chronic and infectious disease as well as health disparities and clinical research.

I'm considering the following schools and would love to hear from current or past students,  or anyone willing to provide advice and guidance:

1) University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, BSN program 

2) Virginia Commonwealth University - (VCU), Trad BSN (2.5 years) or ASBN (19 months)

3) Bon Secours School of Nursing - BSN 

I'm aware that there accelerated MSN programs, but my preference is to do the BSN and then do a PhD bridge program. UNC has a BSN-PhD program so that's definitely a strong contender for me to consider.

 

Look forward t hearing from you all. 🙂

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Leader25 has 35 years experience.

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Go back and speak to your guidance counselors,I do not even know if you plan to do any nursing care hands on at all,i can not  offer any advice,your mind is made up,good luck to you.

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m4howie has 8 years experience as a ADN, BSN and works as a RN.

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I would recommend getting the RN degree the fastest and cheapest way possible which includes possibly the associates RN. If you have a Masters in Public Health you don't need a BSN to get a PhD in nursing. You could also skip the nursing completely and just get the PhD in Public Health. I am curious why you need the "nursing" piece?

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Thank you m4howie for your response. I'm interested in research and becoming a nurse would enable me to access the target population of my research interests and provide care as well as advance research. As mentioned my interests are chronic and infectious disease focused. I've been a clinical research study participant severally, and the clinicians always advised to be more effective with clinical research that I should become a clinician, in addition to the PhD, as that would enable the research angle. I want the flexibility of being an RN to provide patient care, but also a PhD to enable me to be effectively involved with research also. I am also currently a CNA and have a considerable amount of patient care experience.

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Nature_walker has 3 years experience as a ASN, RN.

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My classmate from my ASN program was just hired as a research RN for anesthesiology. She has a background in research, so it was a natural transition for her. She did work for a year and a half as a bedside nurse before moving into this position. You can get into research with a ASN if you have a background in it already.  

Good luck!

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56 Visitors; 6 Posts

Congrats to your friend Nature_walker. That's great news!

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