When do you recommend that a nurse interested in research start a PhD program?

I've heard both "wait until you have a lot of experience" and "start whenever you feel ready," but I'm wondering about your take on it.

Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN's avatar image.

My take is if you are interested in doing a PhD go straight into it. A PhD is not a terminal experience - it is designed to prepare you to be an independent investigator. Getting these skills as early as possible positions you for a highly productive career. This is the trend for most of the STEM fields.