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.
- Research labs
- Government labs
- Healthcare organizations
- Magnet hospitals
- Doctor's offices
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.
- Research NurseA Research Nurse is a scientist who works with patients during clinical trials, recording and managing data with the intent of discovering newer, better ways to provide care.
- Clinical Nurse SpecialistA Clinical Nurse Specialist has advanced knowledge and hands-on expertise in a chosen specialty.
- Health Policy Nurse (HPN) at a GlanceAs a Health Policy Nurse (HPN), your role is to aid in the research, creation and enforcement of health policies. Whether it’s new legislation surrounding healthcare accessibility, protective laws for patients and doctors, or communicating with government officials about societal health needs, HPNs are heavily relied upon advocates within the world of healthcare.