Hi msdttob. Thanks for your gracious compliment. I don't profess to have the corner on this type of advice or any advice for that matter. I have spent time looking at options as you have, and I tend to engage in lifelong learning activities as regularly as I can.
In my neck of the woods, the LPN program requires that the instructor has a BSN. I'm not sure if that is a requirement by the NLN. It may be that since you have a BS degree, that is all that is needed to teach. I know of nurses in my area that teach, direct, and/or coordinate entire paraprofessional programs such as CNA, EMT, medical assistants, etc. without the benefit of any university degree. However, I don't know if these are accredited programs.
If you are planning to stay with your employer, you may want to look at the education department there if you have not done this already. You can give the manager of that department a copy of your resume and follow up every so often if there are no positions at this time.
While I'm in favor of establishing the BSN as entry level to practice, I don't feel that you necessarily have to obtain your BSN, if you are already a nurse, if you may decide that you want to go outside of nursing with your experience. If I was going to sacrifice some income, I probably would consider getting a master's degree. I think that you give yourself more options than with a BSN. I also feel that if there's the possibility you will do paid work in retirement you will be better prepared to compete by having a master's. With the reported shortage of nursing instructors in some areas, you may be able to teach ADN nurses with a master's degree outside of nursing. I don't know if the NLN still mandates an MSN to teach in an ADN or BSN program or not. Or, if you have considered an MSN, go for it if you want it! I've read under some topic, I can't remember, where a poster wrote that her area offered a bridge program to the MSN for those with or without a BSN. Hope this helps.
Pamela, congratulations on your move.
[This message has been edited by Mijourney (edited October 27, 2000).]