Post # 1
I need some advice ladies. I am thinking about getting my MBA, because i want to further my education and make myself more valuable for future positions. I currently am the manager of Dental Office, which is part of a large corporation. I’ve been in this position for almost 4 years and am getting bored with it. Plus, my boss loves to micromange, which makes it hard. I currently have my BS in Health Care Administration. Do you think getting my MBA would be worth it? My other thought was getting an associtiates in a clinical degree, like nursing. I just don’t know what would be more beneficial. I love working hands on with people, but i love the management aspect as well ( most days). Can anyone give me some sort of advice on what they think would be the best option please. Thanks so much!
Post # 3
Does your company offer tuition reimbursement?
Post # 4
Well, there’s Pros/Cons to MBA vs. Associates in Nursing.
First, there is the cost. An Associates would be much cheaper to earn. Second, the healthcare industry in my area seems like it is always in need of nurses. With an MBA you may need to establish yourself and have the right back-up to get to those high up positions (if that is your goal). With the Nursing associates, you could probably find a job right away, but just know that nursing hours are NOT 8-5 M-F. Nursing hours can take a toll on your relationships.
Since your BS is in Health Care Administration, I am not sure which degree would be more beneficial, since an MBA is in business administration.. do you feel it would cancel out your BS a little bit?
I am currently in school for my MBA. I’m enjoying it, and very much looking forward to getting out of my current role.
Post # 5
An MBA will help you, in my opinion. It should provide better job opportunities and pay you a little more in salary. At least, that’s what I noticed after I got mine. If your employer is paying for it (which mine did) than you would be smart to utilize that! I don’t know if I would’ve forked over $30k in student loans to get mine though if my employer hadn’t paid…
I’m not sure an associate’s degree would benefit you much, although I don’t know much about the nursing field.
Post # 6
Have you considered a graduate degree in healthcare administration? It seems like a combo of the two degrees you mentioned….
Post # 7
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Have you considered an MPA in Health? It seems more in line with your BS and career, perhaps?
Post # 8
I looked into this a lot–an MBA is pretty broad. Around here, they’re like, 54K for the two major universities. If your employer doesn’t pay for it, that’s a HUGE chunk of change. You have to really want to do business with your MBA, in addition to just management. There are a lot of management/healthcare related fields out there, like what some of the PPs have mentioned. If you want to stay in healthcare, I’d suggest finding one more aligned with that.
I don’t think an associates in nursing would really behoove you much. You already have a bachelors..if you want to do nursing, you can do a 1-year accelerated program and go straight to a BSN.
There is something called a Clinical Nurse Leader masters–it’s a 27 month program or so and it sets you up to manage teams of nurses.
Post # 9
My company in previous offered $500 per year towards tuition reimbursement (not that much), but now due to the economy they are not offering anything. So, whichever way I went I would most likely be paying out of pocket for. I started off as a dental assistant and now manage the office. I’ve always wanted to be a dentist, but now at this point in my life having a family is more important to me, rather than being in school for 4 more years. Plus the closes dental school to us is 3 hours away. It just wouldn’t work out. I love helping people, and I’m very intrigued by health and your body. I think I would love a career where I could be doing both clinical and management. Most importantly it all comes down to money, one of my goals has always been to be able to provide for a family and live happily. It’s hard currently due to the economic times, but i don’t see managing a dental office getting to me to that point. What are your thoughts/suggestions?
Post # 10
Do some shadowing and see what career actually sticks out the most
Post # 11
I think that the MBA will probably help you more if you want to stay in the management more than the actual practicing. I go to school with a nurse who is getting her MBA so that she can do management at a hospital..
Post # 12
Looking at the economy right now, nurses without any experience are having a hard time finding work. Before you can actually get a full-time job, you would have to work 1-2 years as an “apprentice” as you will, and be supervised with smaller pay. Of course this isn’t happening all over but I know several people that this is currently happening to and I live in a health care mecca.
An MBA is going to be beneficial in any field but it will costs a lot more, but in my opinion you will make it back pretty quickly.