Nursing vs. Teaching? - page 2

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I have now been a nurse for 3 yrs and have worked in 3 different places. Most recently I took I job I thought I would love, some days are good but about 75% of the time I get no breaks and end up staying after work. I also work... Read More


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    Ceilingcat -
    What do you mean if you end up with a C- average grade wise, you won't be able to be hired? Do you mean your college GPA or when you are teaching your students average grade?
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    aah i can relate abit...coz being a teacher is also my another option if fieldwork doesn't suit me at all...like to become a clinical instructor or teaching nursing subjects so that i won't go too far from what I have really taken
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    depending on where you are there may not be jobs for teachers. Less stress? Forget it! The kids are mostly great, depending on where you work, but dealing with administration, parents, etc... You take work home every day, you pay for supplies out of your own pocket. Sure you have lots of days off and no weekends, but you are always planning, grading papers and taking classes.

    I was a teacher for 15 years and got laid off. Substituted for 3 years while applying everywhere within 75 miles of home---nothing! Unless you are certified in special education, math or science there are no jobs. Schools are closing, budgets are being cut everywhere. They reason I became a nurse is while I was looking for a teaching job, all I saw were nurse jobs. That's my story---good luck with your decision.
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    Being laid off after 15 yrs sounds terrible, you would think your experience would be more valuable than that. What state are you from? Where I live it does not appear to be that bad. I don't think budgets are growing but I don't hear about teachers getting laid off in my immediate area. I graduated HS 8 yrs ago and classmates of mine who have teaching degrees have work. My longest sibling just graduated this year and she had the same teachers I had or they had retired nobody was loosing their job. I am sorry to hear about your experience, I hope you enjoy nursing, I sure do want to someday. When you say you have to "pay for your own supplies" what does this consist of?
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    I am also a teacher, considering a nursing career. First of all you have test score stress. If the students don't preform up to a certain level the test scores go under your name and you are seen as a bad teacher. Some students are also out of control, if you have no control over a students behavior how can you control their learning.

    If you need anything not provided by the school for your class or lesson plans you have to buy it yourself.

    I teach Math, last year I was assigned to teach all the students in the school who had failed math and spoke zero english. It was horrible. I had to do that all day and all year long. They tested those students and found only 25% of them passed the test, so now I am seen as a poor teacher.

    The state is threatening to take our school over. I teach in a low economic and transant school (students don't stay there long, they move in and out all the time)


    Where I teach there is mostly single parents, raising kids.

    It is a very hard situation, my principal is asking me to teach the students using something that they are interested in, and in a round about way, then teach them math. I am like, okay, I am not sure I know how to do that.

    Also, the principal wants students up and active in order to learn math, ridiculous. I am not sure how to teach like that either.

    Administration and the state is expecting miracles and teachers are not miracle workers. The student has to be willing to work also. If students chose to sleep in class, is that the teacher's fault?
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    Consider teaching Nursing, you can get student loan repayment for it now.
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    Quote from mauxtav8r
    I am not sure why you say that it would definitely be a pay cut. Working 10 months a year, all holidays off, starting pay in my area is close to identical starting RN pay.

    Follow your passion. As was said above, you can teach nursing. If it is interaction with children or younger students that gets you going, have you considered peds home health or other peds patient education?
    It would be a pay cut for me because I work nights. If you decide to work extra there is no bonus pay or shift differential. I am not use to base pay. So I continue to be a nursing instructor and work in the hospital setting where I can make double the money. Both of my jobs are prn.
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    I am in my first year of teaching and most likely will be my last. I got accepted into an LPN program in Alberta and am still waiting about the BN program. Teaching is very exhausting, and very contrary to popular belief, the days are very long, sometimes 7 days a week for no extra pay. I get to work 90 mins before the school day begins and stay usually 3 hours after, with more work to do on weekends. Do not go into teaching for less stress, do it because you want to teach. You will be taking work home with you every day, and working lots of overtime every week without really having any choice in the matter, but if you are okay with that then good! I am feeling that I need to have more of a life for myself, and although we get the holidays most of it is just recovery time from all of the extra hours (I know alot of people who will spend an entire week marking, planning etc. on holidays...). Good luck to you in whatever you decide to do!
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    Quote from LifelongDream
    I taught school before becoming a nurse and there were many perks. You just have to be sure you're there for the right reasons and not the benefits. I consider going back to teaching all the time and doing nursing on the side. It's not that I don't enjoy nursing, but at this time in my life, teaching fits my goals at this point.
    Lifelongdream,
    I have been following your posts (always informative-thank you) and I noticed we are in the same area of Texas. I am currently teaching but considering a career change into nursing. My first choice program at this point is the Texas Tech Second Degree Program. Would you mind sharing information regarding difficulties of the program (in particular, how difficult was it to be accepted into the program)? Also, how many do they accept in the Odessa cohort and how many apply? I realize you may not have the answer to that last question, but I am concerned from reading other posts about all applicants having 4.0s across the board, 150 interviewees, etc. I am very interested in your thoughts given the similarities in our situations (teaching-nursing). Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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    I am interested in the TT 2nd degree program as well. I am interested in knowing what acceptance into the program is based on. I am trying to decide whether to do the pre-reqs or not. I would like to know I had a good chance before doing all the pre reqs. Thanks for any info.


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