While many nursing and health administrators have a business background, nursing educator Rhonda Dahlberg also encourages nurses to consider a career change as an administrator. An assistant professor and block coordinator in health sciences in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Roseman University, Dahlberg shares her 35 years of experience with the students.
Dahlberg received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and 18 years later returned to school to earn her Master’s of Art in Gerontology, the study of aspects of aging. After another 10 years, Dahlberg earned her Master of Science in Nursing as a nurse educator. She is currently completing her Doctorate Degree in Education with a specialty in nursing education.
“I have done so many things as a nurse and I have worked in administration. Health care is so much more complex today,” she said. “We are required to think on a much higher level.”
Dahlberg stated, “There is such value to education. Personally, it rejuvenated me and keeps me current in my practice. I love attending seminars and conferences to get that spark back.”
When she decided to change careers and go into education, it was a natural progression. “I am a firm believer in lifelong learning, not to stop at a bachelor’s degree, and we encourage our students to continue their education. Each time I go back to school and earn another degree, it makes me better in my profession.”
As for going into administration, she explained, “I think that nurses, especially those who have been in the trenches, worked bedside and held a variety of positions in this profession, are key players in becoming the best health care administrators in health care organizations.
Right now we still have business people. More nurses need to develop into administrators since they have been there and done that, so to speak, have a keen understanding of what is required and can work to maintain a safe environment. Nurses would make very good administrators since they understand what is needed in health care today.”
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