Hi all. I'm curious to hear if there are any current/former NICU nurses working in an academic setting, and what your role is.
I absolutely love bedside NICU nursing, and plan to do it throughout my career. I also enjoy teaching, both in a clinical setting and a classroom setting. I'd love to teach nursing students part-time, but I can't figure out if there's an academic role for NICU nurses. Our scope of practice is so specialized that I'm not sure I'd be a qualified instructor for maternity or peds.
Also, does anybody have advice on what degree might be most useful to pursue this role? Maybe a PhD, CNS, or MSN in Education?
Ideally I'd love to get my Neonatal CNS/DNP degree, which would give me the qualifications to teach NNPs and Neonatal CNSs, but I'm not sure if that's feasible. It also sounds like having my Neonatal CNS degree would preclude me from practicing as a bedside NICU RN.
Any insights are appreciated, TIA