Teacher turned Nurse - page 4

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I miss teaching. I miss summer vacation. Christmas vacation, Easter break, President's day. I miss the bell that says "go home", or the one that signals the end of a horrible class. I miss teenagers, the chatter, the... Read More


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    I have a degree in PE teaching K-12 and am a substitute teacher for K-12 as well. Also I am an ICU nurse....nursing has SO many more opportunities and earning opportunities....with the same amount of appreciation/learning....granted they are difficult like the article says.........you don't have to "give up" teaching....one day a week of those little buggers will get you your fix!...trust me.
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    GO FOR IT!!!!! YOU HAVE A DEGREE...SO go to an accelerated nursing program....they are not as bad as people say they are...i hope you aren't easily intimidated. you will NEVER regret going into nursing...if you dont like an area/hospital you can switch in a heartbeat! When I substitute teach (having a degree in PE teaching) sometimes I just want to snap. Kidz are nasty little things these days with hardly any respect...period. Substitute on your days off in the grades you like...and go for the nursing. It is a nice balance to actually have days off and often times make your own schedule. Nursing has more job security FYI than teaching...the old ladies and gentlemen nurses are retiring soon!....get goin!
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    Quote from LeavingTeaching4RN
    I miss teaching as well, especially the bell, the vacations, the lightbulb moments, and getting home every day in time for Oprah!!
    Yes me too. Hours were great but nursing is better.
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    Thanks for the reply but for me nursing is the best . I love nursing and cant go for nothing less than NURSING
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    Thank you all for your replies.
    Ibi
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    A former Teach for America Corp member. Taught students of all ages and abilities. Still in contact with many. The way I used to teach, when the bell rang, I still had more to do. Nursing is actually a natural bridge from education. I live caring for a patient and teCh Teiresias loved ones how to have a greater role in their care. I still do a lot of teaching. They may or may not take heed to my lessons, not unlike the classroom. I make more in a day than what I did teaching for a week. There's a lot of off the click time that went along with thY teachers salary.
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    I am ready to become a nurse and all I need is to figure out which is the best and shortest way to become one.
    Being a teacher I have a BA degree, so the accelerated program would be an option. The only problem is that I do not meet the pre-requisites:
    Advanced Placement Associate Degree in Nursing
    (Qualified Allied Health Admissions Test Scores
    Laboratory Anatomy & Physiology I & II (C or better)
    College Mathematics (C or better)
    College English Composition (C or better)
    General Psychology (C or better)
    Laboratory Chemistry (C or better)
    Transcript from Practical Nursing School (B- or better)
    A Certificate of standing indicating you have an unrestricted LPN license
    Satisfactory CORI check )

    Where can take these courses? Did anyone need this many?
    Can you suggest a shorter way to become a nurse?
    Or maybe another path?

    Please advise.

    Thank you all!
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    Sorry Nurse Marion, but your idea of how teaching is and teachers are is not accurate. We are certainly not pampered by admin and the union is not as powerful as you would think. We too work weekends, holidays, nights with very little lunch or no lunch (especially if we are tutoring or copying or lesson planning or preparing for our 3rd subject we are teaching that day). Leaving sub plans is more difficult than coming in sick most days and students don't "run errands". We are responsible for safety and well being during pep rallies and field trips - it is NOT down time. We too work hard for very little reward, usually "this sucks" "I'm bored". You may work in a school as a nurse, but you have no concept of what is to be a teacher. And as far as more stress and more responsibility than teachers, I doubt it. As for the pay, 10 years experience and I make 40000, which if I worked hourly, would be less than 10 an hour.
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    You have got to be kidding, right? No, I grew up in a teacher family so I know for academic subjects the day extends beyond the work day and the school year. That being said, no one dies if you make a mistake with an algebra test. I have had kids with undiagnosed cardiac conditions that I have found, dangerous allergic reactions, critical blood sugars, labor pains, serious injuries. I think critical health issues trumps academic responsibility. Until society recognizes what nurses actually do, the knowledge and skills involved, then they will continue to be lower paid than teachers.

    My school- teachers have their continuing education- Master's and even Doctorate degrees paid for by the taxpayers. They have great lifestyles, much higher income than the per capita income in the area. Boats, Skidoos, nice cars, great vacations since they are off. They make more than nurses in local hospitals who work much longer hours all year long making life and death decisions. Some of these teachers have 6 kids in the morning, and 6 in the afternoon or even less. They are paid full time wages for that. 7:30-3:15, a week off over Easter, longer at Christmas. I can't describe this any further as I do not want to identify my school.

    I do not begrudge anyone a decent living, but to earn more than most families in the area do with great benefits and great hours is over the top with today's economy. This is paid for on the backs of the taxpayers. Teachers can retire and get close to what their salary was as their retirement. It is just disgusting while I have a Master's degree and am now making about $33,000.

    I do know what is going on. Not saying it is the same in all schools, but I know what is going on in mine.
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    Please tell me how teacher's are able to get the taxpayers to pay for their master's or doctorate degrees. I have been teaching in Florida for 15 years and have never seen such a program. If such a program exists, many of us have been paying tuition for no reason. Also, in my state, nurses with advanced degrees definitely make more money than teachers with a similar level of education and experience. Our benefits do exist, but we pay towards them (Family coverage on my insurance plan through the school district costs around $500.00 per month. Dental and vision care costs extra.) Most good teachers spend hours outside of the school day contacting parents, grading papers and planning lessons. We are micromanaged by administrators, and very rarely supported by administrators or parents. I would love to know what area allows the small classes you describe. Perhaps I will move there and give up beginning nursing school since obviously, teachers where you live are so well paid and respected.
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