MSN at the bedside - page 2

by dianacs

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I've had my MSN (nurse educator) for almost a year now, and while I have been doing some adjunct teaching, my main job, per my personal preference, remains that of a regular bedside staff nurse. Some people think this is... Read More


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    I think the perception that your path is "odd" will only continue to fall by the wayside.
    We are gearing up for thousands of direct entry MSN 'generalist' new grads who will be at the bedside getting their feet wet for quite a while after graduation.
    It won't be at all unusual. You should do whatever makes you feel comfortable. In fact, think of yourself as a trailblazer!
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    I had to check to make sure that I hadn't written this post! Except for the years of experience (have a few more on ya there), you could be describing me. I taught for a few years, and enjoyed it. Yet I missed bedside nursing. It has taken years for my family, even the nurses in the family, to stop asking if I ever plan to go back to teaching. They just don't seem to get that I love bedside nursing. I still love to teach as well, and get the opportunity to with students doing externships or management clinicals or with orientees.

    Nursing provides so many opportunities. I always say, "If you don't like what you are doing, do something else." That is what you have done. Why apologize for this?
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    I can't speak for all nursing schools but, the ones that I know of it is a requirement for the teaching staff to continue with at least a part-time job nursing in their field that they teach about.
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    Thats exactly what I plan on doing..

    I've had my RN for 3 years come May. I have applied for grad school (masters in nursing education) for the upcoming fall semester.

    I have no desire to leave the bedside.

    However, my job completely pays for my MSN given that I work for them for 2 years after I last take a reimbursement check.

    Thats a great deal that I cannot pass up. While I dont necessary want to teach full time now, I can get the degree while im younger, no kids (just a hubby and a dog), and I think it will be easier for me to obtain it now.
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    I believe an education opens you up to opportunities that may come in the future. If you see a job with BSN or MSN preferred or required you will be able to "go for it!"
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    Most schools don't require you to continue to work at the bedside if you teach (at least not in the past 3 states where I lived) but it IS beneficial.
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    as someone who's been on staff with someone of your background and education, i must say that i value having such a person working with me. any newer nurse (or even not so newer nurse) should value you as a resource. i don't mean that anyone should assume that's what you are there for, but i know that when "jane" worked with me, she could answer questions when she had time, and give me answers i could understand!
    i think you should continue what you are doing. i wish you worked with me!
    - jess
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    Thank you all for your encouraging replies. My work at the bedside means a lot to me. And it is nice to have other options open to me if I choose.


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