I am a nurse with an associate degree and 19 years of experience. I am in my early 50s and looking to enter a different realm of nursing. I am thinking about going back to school, maybe adding business to my nursing degree. What types of jobs exist for nurses with business degrees? What would be my options?
Dear Donna replies:
Going back to school at the young age of 50-something is a smart thing to do. Education keeps you young, makes you feel alive and gets the blood coursing through your veins. It also helps you to learn more about yourself and the world around you. It will boost your confidence and marketability. Read Go Back to School and Change Your Life (http://news.nurse.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2001110080321) and How to Get Back to School (http://news.nurse.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2001109240310).
An experienced nurse with degrees in nursing and business can do pretty much anything he or she wants to do. Depending on your background, interests and talents, you might want to pursue opportunities in the insurance or pharmaceutical industries, look into case management, consider occupational health, and investigate healthcare business entities such as medical weight control, recruitment and so much more.
Start to explore your options by attending nursing careers fairs and related seminars such as my Career Alternatives for Nurses program (http://events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar). The program also is available in a home-study version at http://ce.nurse.com/Professional-Issues.
The more you go out and meet new people whether at career fairs, seminars, professional association meetings or other networking events, the more you will learn about your options and figure out what to do next. Read How to Find Your Forte (http://news.nurse.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2001104020309).