Teacher turned Nurse - page 5

by NamasteNurse

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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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    Yes, I would love to know where such a program exists. I have been teaching for 4 years, and still make less than $40,000 and I was about 1/3 through my master's degree in library science. I do not know of any teachers that work under the conditions described above. I have had as many as 32 students in my classroom, and it is not uncommon for me to spend at least $1,000 of my own money on my classroom and to work 55 hours a week, many of which are unpaid. I think your statements are ridiculous!
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    Good luck with that. There are not many teaching jobs around here. No one in their right mind would want to leave. Tuition reimbursement is the norm for teachers up here, and our benefits cost me currently about $10 a pay for family benefits- that is a union contract that I also benefit from.

    My hospital (other job) gives 3 PTO and 2 personal days, 2 weeks vacation after the first year. Retirement is matched at a rate of 25 cents for every dollar the nurse invests. It is a 403B plan. No guarantees- the investment fluctuates. Teachers get a guaranteed rate as long as they live. They invest 7% of their salary right off the top- I think the rate is 10% now. They can retire early if they are having a buyout, or after 5 years when they reach 65, or after 30 years. Nurses work until they can't work anymore or choose to retire or retire and go part time to make their investment last. Who has it better?

    As for respect- that is another story. I think the taxpayers have a pretty poor opinion of teachers. Administration varies as in any job. I think most people probably respect nurses more than teachers, that depends on the setting of course.

    I realize that these things vary by state, just as nurse salaries do. Obviously your state is not on par with mine for teachers, hope it is better than mine for nurses. Good luck to you.
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    I graduated with my teaching degree 5 years ago and ever since then I've been scraping by. The highest paying full-time position I could find in my city (Pittsburgh) was for $14 an hour (and I have my Master's degree). I moved out of state and had a great job for a year, but I hated being away from my family and my now-husband. It is sad that I had to make a choice between a good teaching job and my family.

    Because the pay was so poor, I have had to pick up a second job. I worked 70 to 80 hours a week between my two jobs (not including my grading and prep work) for 2 1/2 years.

    The pay is great for teaching, if you can get in. All of the teachers in my city are getting laid off. When you go on job interviews, you have to compete with all of these teachers who have much more experience than you.

    Obama does have a student loan forgiveness program. You must work for 5 consecutive years at schools that meet a certain classification of being in need. The problem is that it is extremely difficult to keep a job in my area for 5 years without getting laid off. I cannot just pick up and move. I have two children, a husband, and a house.

    I am starting nursing school at a UPMC Diploma school in August. There are so many opportunities for nurses in my area, and they are paid well. I am excited to start my nursing career and to make this change. I am aware that it will not be easy, but I am no stranger to working nontraditional hours. I used to work every holiday because my company provided double time. I would just wake my kids up at 6am on holidays so I didn't miss much! I am just so grateful that I will not have to work 70-80 hours a week anymore and can spend more time with my family.
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    I have taught for 2 years and just feel like I'm not myself anymore! I feel as though I am planning a party event every night too. (It's kind of like doing a school project with your child every evening for 180 days if that helps put this into perspective.) I love teaching but I agree with a lot of people on here. Teaching has changed and the system is literally chasing teachers away. I know nursing will have it's challenging days and is a very stressful job, but I want to take my chances anyway. In fact I was a pre nursing major when I first began college. My friends convinced me to switch to teaching. I feel that I can be a teacher as well as a nurse. Nurses are teachers in there own unique ways. I know shifts are long and you work holidays. I just want to feel good with my career and still make a difference without killing myself.
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    I joined this website for enlightenment. I have been teaching High School science for 5 years. I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. Teaching is not fun or challenging anymore. So I am debating: teach or go to nursing school. I love helping people, I am caring and I see very little reward from my high school students. My biggest concern is that I am a new Mom, I have an 8 month old at home. I don't know if the vacations are worth sticking out teaching if I am miserable.


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