One of my goals for dispatches from the evening shift was the apply for a PhD in nursing program.
I applied to a state university back in September.
That was a very long time ago.
I am trying to grow as a person and not put all my eggs in one basket.
I’ve done that before.
I applied to only Creighton as a high schooler.
It was the only college I applied to.
I decided, 14 years later, to go back for my BSN.
I only applied to Chamberlain.
When I decided to get my MSN?
You guessed it.
I only applied and was accepted to one college.
I’m trying not to be that person anymore.
Therefore I am applying to THREE (3) universities who have a PhD in nursing.
As I am investigating the admission processes I am finding that there will need to be 3 references, preferably in healthcare, preferably with PhDs themselves.
I don’t know that I know 3 nurses with their PhDs.
The nurse scientist as my current hospital corporation has her PhD.
She kind of knows me.
I have sent her an email.
The nurse manager on one of the Med-Surg units has her PhD.
I serve on a committee with her.
I have asked her if we can have a conversation or three about maybe choosing her to be the second PhD nurse.
I know OF a few more PhD nurses.
In AORN, at colleges, with the credentialing company that I get the CNOR from.
Should I cast my net wide?
Just like I am doing with the universities?
I think I will mock up an introductory email and just ask.
Making friends as an adult, and networking among other nurses as an introvert is hard.