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It will be very difficult to land a nurse educator job without demonstrated clinical expertise & some background in entry-level instruction such as BLS Instructor. In my organization, entry level for Nurse Educators is an MSN, but if you plan on moving into academia - you need to plan on obtaining a doctorate. Workplace educators make significantly more than our academic colleagues, but they have a much nicer work schedule. If you are unsure about your path, you can always obtain a clinical MSN and then get a post-grad certificate in Education.
Also - keep in mind that our (educator) jobs are among the least secure in any healthcare organization. Marketing is usually the first to go - LOL... but educator positions are eliminated with alarming regularity whenever the budget squeeze begins. Thank heavens we're a tough bunch.
Things have been going well at my job, and while I do enjoy critical care and caring for patients, I know that my long term plans will most likely not involve bedside direct patient care. I have always been happy to work with students and colleagues when it comes to educating and teaching, and have been told by some of my co-workers that I have strengths in teamwork, communication, and always being a good mood.
I only have one year of nursing experience, but I have been toying with the idea of going back to school part time while I work.
I believe my long term goals could be in several areas, such as:
Nursing professional development
Coordination of patient care
While I cannot probably do both, I would like to collaborate with our medical teams to improve and coordinate patient care and outcomes, or work on developing our nurses skills (including our new grad orientation process, which was terrible for me).
I apologize if my ambitions are vague, but does anyone know which avenue I should purse with my higher education?
I have been batting around the idea of going back to school part time for an Adult Gerontology DNP. I already have a BSN from Duke, and in attempt to have both a good program at a much cheaper cost, I was told to check out ECU. It's mostly an online program, and I can take the 72 credits part time over like 5 years.
The website states that graduate learning is about $230 a credit, but I imagine that the cost for the program has to be much more than that. That only accounts for about 18K for the entire program.
Has anyone done this program, and can give a ballpark cost estimate to complete the program? I'd be working full time and would love the option to pay as I go.
Thanks for all the words of encouragement. It's always good to hear the successes
Thanks to everyone for their help and insight. I have done alot of thinking over the past few days, and plan on waiting everything out for a little bit longer. I like working there, and if I just stay strong and deal, I would have no problem. I don't have much leverage as a new grad still on orientation, so entertaining transfers is most likely difficult. I'm also not sure how green the grass is on the other side. I will agree that perhaps having less acute of floor may benefit myself as a new grad as I learn how to become a nurse.
So... maybe more thinking to do
Is that I have to take a half step backwards each time.
When my educator says I will be getting a new preceptor, I usually bite my lip, keep my breath hushed and low, and keep to myself. If you think about it, variety is good, because there's many ways to organize your day, do a procedure, and be a nurse. I figure I would learn something new from a new mind.
But that's not the case.
Apparently this coming week I'll have my 4th preceptor as I enter my 10th week of my orientation in critical care, because my educator has led me to believe that it's whats best for me. It's as if a new set of eyes will magically turn my mostly competent skills as a new grad into a superstar.
If you were to ask me if I'm happy with my progress as a new nurse, I'd say yes. I'd say I'm not perfect, I'd say I make some small mistakes, and I'd say my biggest problems are prioritization and getting a little faster. I've been told these are things that should come with time and experience. Are they a big deal? Yes. Can they be fixed? Most definitely, I'm sure every new grad goes through it.
My most significant obstacle is that everyone says I am "doing fine" when I ask, and then I hear from the higher-ups that I have some problems and my co-workers expressed some concern about my progression and skills. Wait...what? No one told me this. If I knew I would fix it, honestly.
I'm tired of hearing things behind my back. I grew up in a culture where you talk to someone face to face if you need to. I can't fix a faucet if I don't know it's leaking.
So apparently the remedy to this is to have me switch preceptors, yet again. Which means I have to re-learn their way of doing things (because it's wrong any other way), and it's ultimately a step back.
Management hired me as a new grad because I've been told I'm bright and grasp things easily. I was talked up like an all star football team that is Superbowl or bust, and honestly, I'm a new grad. There's going to be more bust than bowl, here.
Has anyone had a similar situation? I overall like my unit, but I have the feeling that their expectations are too high, and they are ultimately setting me up for failure. I'm hard working, and I do a good job, but apparently it's not up to their standards. It's times like these where I wish I had 1 year of experience, so I could entertain the possibility of interviewing and looking elsewhere.
I'm a new grad in critical care, and things that I usually read are the the policies and binders that we have on our floor (they are like cheat sheets for policies, drip rates, standards, protocols, etc). If you want to do some other outside of work reading, I thought that the Critical Care Nursing Made Easy (or something like that) book was good, plus I frequented icufaqs.org. Good luck, always ask questions and be curious, most nurses respect that, and don't feel comfortable around nurses that are too comfortable.
Most of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area hospitals pay in the $21-22 pay range, with like $4 diffs for nights and/or weekends. They are new grad friendly, but with student loans, living could be a little easier
Thanks for your reply. I was thinking along the same wavelength when it came to these programs.
"I'm going to need a larger lollipop..."
I really liked reading about this method, and I definitely think it's a way to make a applicant stand out, and probably bypass a few of the 'hoops' in the application process.
Many of the hospitals around me have these 'Nurse Residency" programs for their new graduate nurses. Do you think emailing the nurse managers on floors I am interested with may help them look at my application closer? Will it annoy them when they are already flooded with new grad apps?
Great story. I love hearing about people that 'keep their head up' and put in the time to just get it done. I'm really happy for you. Congrats to the max.
I'm totally with ya, man. I spent my off time doing usually one of 4 things... lifting weights, writing, drinking whiskey, and going out with girls. Life is all about balance. Take care of your mind, body, and emotions, and you'll find school is much more bearable. At least that's my experience. I'd much rather get B and maintain my sanity than go straight crazy with an A.
Yup, that's Laverne. Looks like I'm not eating at that Mexican place again.
Thanks for the comments everyone. I'm glad so many people can relate to my story, and it's nice to hear to each and every one of you.
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