You can get PhD in Nursing??

What is the one thing all nursing PhD students have in common?

They have all be asked at some point in time, "wait what? you can get a PhD in Nursing? Does that mean you will be a doctor/nurse?" 

We smile (and sigh deeply) and respond with a kind vague description that yes it is possible. Our focus is research - we are trained to understand, conduct, and advance knowledge through research. I think this is a difficult concept for people because nursing is such a skill based profession. Most people can immediate imagine what a nurse does (whether rightly or wrongly) and they know we are the people in the hospital that take care of you. So when you ask someone to think outside that context, the lines get blurry.