Making the decision to go back to school is never easy, let alone deciding to pursue a third master’s degree, but physician assistant Robbe Peetz knew this one would help her get her dream job. She decided to get her Executive MBA in Healthcare Management at Creighton University so she could increase her business acumen and take the next step in her career.
“[An MBA] is an important thing to have, but [this degree] also gives me insight into different areas of healthcare business that I’m not consistently exposed to in my role,” she said. “I really wanted to learn from people who are already executives, who have some experience to bring to the table”
Exploring Quality Improvement in Healthcare
Peetz is currently the advanced practice manager for cancer services at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha. In this role, she takes on both clinical and administrative responsibilities. She works with the adult hematologic and stem cell transplant population, and she leads a team of 30 full-time-equivalent employees. She also facilitates multidisciplinary collaborations, implementing new strategies in process improvement, staffing, professional development and mentorship.
She has already been able to apply the knowledge she’s learned over the course of her Creighton education, even while still in the program. “Throughout our work [at Nebraska Medicine], we’ve identified some different programs and processes or gaps that needed to be filled,” she said. “The quality improvement course gave me some actual tools and gave more structure of how to think through a problem and how to organize it, get specific metrics, and present it.”
Becoming a Healthcare Leader
Peetz is working toward a goal of becoming a service line executive in an academic medical center. She sees the EMBA playing a crucial role in helping her advance further in her career. She’s pushed herself to meet with other members of her organization and build relationships while working on specific projects and coursework. Building a network will help her to better understand the support system in her professional environment.
“In executive leadership roles, you have to be able to leverage and collaborate with people outside of your service line,” she explained. “I feel like [Creighton’s Executive MBA program] has equipped me to be able to do just that.”
Building a Network for Success
Her favorite part of the program has been her classmates and the relationships she’s been able to forge over the course of their studies together. From the first in-person residency when students completed the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument assessment, the cohort was able to learn more about themselves and each other. The friendships have only strengthened over the course of the program.
“I have 11 new friends who are healthcare leaders and experts in their field to leverage for any circumstance I may come across in my career,” Peetz said.
Overall, her time at Creighton has been more than worth it, allowing her to grow her network, expand her business knowledge and learn from faculty and students who hail from diverse professional and geographic backgrounds. As a word of advice to prospective students, Peetz cautions that no time is perfect, but the structure of Creighton’s EMBA in Healthcare makes the balance feasible.
“Creighton’s program is strategically built to cater to the busy personal and professional lives of its students and provides many layers of support in faculty, resources and alumni to leverage to be successful,” she said.
Learn more about the Executive MBA in Healthcare Management.