You’ll get into the more academic side of nursing, with courses including research, statistics and data analysis, history and philosophy. The details of your studies will depend on the doctoral degree you choose to pursue.
To prepare you for an executive position, the practical part of your degree will be clinical leadership in a healthcare facility.
Your qualifications will allow you to pick and choose from many interesting positions, including Nurse Educator in a lab, Health Policy Nurse for the government, Nurse Educator at university level and Nurse Executive.
Heading up a hospital, lab, faculty or another healthcare management position is a natural progression for nurses with a doctoral degree. You’ll play an important role in helping improve the healthcare system.
How to get ahead
One of the best parts of being a nurse is you never have to stop learning. You have the option of studying further after your doctoral degree.