Thanks for responding! I have been teaching childbirth and baby care basics classes for patients for the last 5 years and love it. I just wished it payed more. I am currently teaching a couple of classes/month, in addition to working on the floor. I am considered PRN staff, because I need the flexibility of schedule, but end up working 48-60 hrs per pay period (including call) to pay the bills, and all that adulthood nonsense. Since I am not a benefits-eligible employee, I do not qualify for my hospital's tuition reimbursement program (such as it is, blech!). My need for a more flexible schedule has kept me from precepting both new hire orientees and nursing school students- and I totally understand that preceptorship involves a prearranged time commitment, so I'm not mad about it. Maybe just a little wistful and eager for my momlife to allow me to advance in my worklife
I just found a couple of job postings in my area (we are swimming in nursing schools) for clinical adjunct instructors and have begun the process of dusting of ye olde resume/requesting references... fingers-crossed that their needs match mine!
As far as school goes... sigh. I feel like have been shopping around grad schools since my senior year as a BSN student. I AM VERY interested in Georgetown U's MSNEd online program. The biggest issue (my husband and) I have with MSNEd degrees, regardless of where I obtain it, is the financial cost vs. benefit breakdown: 1. I will have to take out loans to cover the cost, 2. I'll also probably at some point before graduation, need to cut back my work hours- I have no delusions that I'll continue to fill my life with commitments without something having to take a backseat; 3. in order to then advance as a teacher (say for faculty beyond adjunct), chances are I'll be taking out MORE MONEY to complete a PhD or DNP; and last but MOST important- I can't look at my husband and say that any of those things will allow me to make more money to help support the growing needs of a family with 4 kids! Will I, personally, feel more fulfilled in my career? I have very little doubt. But at what cost to my family-life?
Sooo... I am entertaining the thought that the increase in salary as a NP, should I go that route, would help pay of loans better than any teaching job might, and thus EVENTUALLY (because, I realize I'm talking a very long term plan here) help finance returning to school for a degree with an education concentration. Talk about having a first-world-educated-women-with-too-many-options problems, am I right?