I have a love/hate relationship with nursing . . . .
Teaching is starting to appeal to me. Am I just thinking that the grass will be greener on the other side? Is there low stress in teaching?
Anyone have any perspective to share?
I looked into both very, very thoroughly. Also, I had talked with a lot of teachers while installing computer systems in the school systems.
I came to the conclusion that the education system is way too dysfunctional. By that I refer to the tug of war between governments, local politicians, partisan jockying, never ending turn-over of the "teaching philosopy du jour", OJT acrimony, a few vocal unrealistic parents, more uninvolved parents, corrupt union leadership, and a few bad kids. Worse yet, given the 40+ years of bi-partisan political stagnation in the country, it's not getting any better -- just more mandates that take almost all decision-making power and creativity away from the teacher. Despite all the press and DECADES of 'reform$', the education system is still drifting in mediocrity.
I don't expect to see substantial improvement in education until a political revolution addresses the monopoly interests of Democrat/Republican parties over the needs of communities. By that I mean that schools
are used as a pawn to protect incumbents at all levels -- teachers, kids and education be damned. (If you think that is cynical, go to a few school board meetings or state legislative debates on education spending. See first hand how unremitting self-serving partisanship impacts education.) People unwittingly keep choosing sides in this debate when they need to be restructuring the environment in which the debate is held.
Now I ask you, why would anyone want to get involved in such morass?
Answer is: you really really love to teach, or you are desparate for a job. The environment makes teaching one of the worst jobs out there. Oh -- teaching is ranked one of the most stressful jobs in America.
Nursing has it's challenges -- and I think has a lot more going for it than teaching. I'm going into nursing for many reasons, one is job flexability. If bedside care just doesn't work for me and the patients, then I will pick up something else, such as lobbying, informatics, etc.
best of luck.