I have been teaching nursing , mostly part time, since 1981. But I'm stuck in the part time mode! The small institution which employs me isn't terribly committed to offering nursing as a major, and is reluctant to employ me full time because they say my salary would not be supported by the tuition generated by the students. In fact, the institution balks at maintaining the teaching ratios required by the state board. But here's my problem: I live in a rural area, and the only other employment options are in several hospitals a considerable distance from my home. I am pretty much tied to living where I do.
I love teaching and I'm good at it. I'm well qualified. For now, I am working as a staff nurse part time to supplement my income from teaching. I do a lot of driving.
I'm so discouraged. I really need to increase my income, now that my children are (mostly) grown up. Sometimes I want to hang up education entirely, and look for a position as a nurse administrator-- but this would mean a round trip of about 4 hours a day. (Yes, four hours!) Plus, if I work summers, I won't be able to do research .
I need advice.