how do you get started in staff development

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    I was wondering what I need to do to prepare to some day work in staff development? I am planning on getting my MSN Do I need a certain amount of years in clinical setting too? if so what area? would teaching a CNA class help, if so how do I get started doing that?
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    Most people start by being a great staff nurse ... then being promoted into a unit educator position. Along the way, they pick up the MSN. It's rare for someone to be hired into an educational position until they have proven themselves to be competent in practice.
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    My experience is working in LTC for 17 years as a RN supervisor. I started teaching CNA classes about 6 years ago. Recently my employer has decided the facility needs a full-time staff educator. So that is what I do now. I have no further education, but am looking into certification.
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    Teaching anything helps, but there are standards regarding teaching and learning that are only taught in the Education dept of college/university. This is where MSN comes in. You will probably take some classes from that department (vs. nursing school). I did. If you join NNSDO you will learn a lot by being on their email newsletter and by surfing their site. Go online to learn more about teaching adults. Good luck!
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