Masters Degree. Nursing vs. /Non Nursing
I would encourage you to decide on what you want to do as the next step of your career, where you want your career to go, and that will tell you what degree/concentration will most benefit you professionally.
(I should have said yesterday that that would also help you figure out whether a graduate degree or some kind of specialty certification or other training (that doesn’t involve getting a graduate degree) would be more helpful. )
I totally agree with ellpark on this. Your choice of an educational program should depend on the type of work you want to do after you graduate. Answer that question and the educational choice will fall into place.
Too many people do it backwards — and end up investing lots of time and money into degrees that don’t lead them to jobs they enjoy. They end up disliking their job options — and regret the investment they made in the education.
So. what type of work do you want to do in the future?
You can always brows job site and look at the type of degrees that employers are looking for. Do you want to be a manager or nursing leader? Then masters degrees in Hospital or healthcare administration would be a good way to go. Do you want to be more of a generalist? Then a masters in Public Health is a way to go. Researchers will generally have a degree in their field of research. Some nursing schools are experimenting with a new advance practice role called the Clinical Leader, which is similar to the soon to be phased out Clinical Nurse Specialist. You don’t have to be an NP if you want an advanced nursing degree. There is also the Nursing Infomatics masters degree, if you really like working with data and computers.
I don’t want to be a manager. and don’t feel that the CNL would be the right fit. I think the CNS makes more sense for me over the NP and CNL, but, as you mentioned, that is being phased out. I guess that is why I was thinking I should find a degree that is not a MSN, but just works well with nursing. (Although that doesn’t sound like a great option either. )
PS. I appreciate all the advice that I have received!