Contemplating Job Offer - page 2

Hi there! I just thought I'd post a couple questions for anyone who is willing to answer them. I am a 2nd year graduate student working on my MSN in Nursing Education. So far I love the program... Read More

  1. by   llg
    Susy,

    There are lots of books out there. Staff Development folks tend to write a lot. However, some of them are mostly theory and don't include a lot of practical tips. The 2 I recommended are more geared to helping someone get started by offering practical tips.

    And in the interests of full disclosure, I should confess that I wrote one of the chaptes in the "secrets" book -- but I didn't get any money for it and don't make any money on the sale of the book! Now, is that a rip-off or what? :-)

    You can probably find the big, classic textbooks in just about any hospital or school library. Your new department might even have there own copies of some of the books. Once again, educators tend to collect books and stuff.

    Linda
  2. by   Q.
    Originally posted by llg

    And in the interests of full disclosure, I should confess that I wrote one of the chaptes in the "secrets" book -- but I didn't get any money for it and don't make any money on the sale of the book! Now, is that a rip-off or what? :-)

    Linda
    Really? That is totally cool. I look forward to reading it!
  3. by   Going80INA55
    Congrats on your new job
  4. by   llg
    Originally posted by Susy K
    Really? That is totally cool. I look forward to reading it!
    Actually, my chapter on different aspects of the staff development role is totally boring. It was somewhat of an academic exercise to write it. I prefer a different style of writing (essays). But I am glad I did it. I need to start publishing regularly ... and the book chapter project gave me an editor and a deadline!

    llg
  5. by   Q.
    Wouldn't you know, no sooner do I accept this position does another one crop up.
    My old boss from the clinic just created a new Heath & Safety Nurse position, responsible for mask fit testing, TB tests, Health & Safety Days for the employees, OSHA stuff, etc.
    Hmmmm.

    I'm slated to start the Education Coordinator job May 15th. Hmmm.

    So many options. I guess that's what I love most about nursing.
  6. by   renerian
    I think you will enjoy the educator role!

    renerian
  7. by   Q.
    I think you are biased, renerian!
  8. by   baseline
    I think she's right Susy! Your going to get bored otherwise. Your mind in too acute for fit-testing.
  9. by   susanmary
    What an excellent position. The nurses in similar positions at my hospital love it -- don't budge from that position. Wonderful working conditions -- solid pay -- not working with unlovely fluids, etc. You will be a great resource for nurses -- you have retained more than you realize -- it will come back to you. Your added experiences will enhance your perspective. Good luck.
  10. by   llg
    I have to admit, routine OSHA training, etc. was what I have always liked least about education roles. Doing the same thing over and over is OK for a while, but then I get bored and start stirring up trouble. I prefer roles where I have a little more freedom to create things, try new things, etc.

    I also prefer to teach things that people are interested in -- and a lot of staff members aren't too thrilled to be there at the required annual stuff. It takes a lot of enthusiasm and creativity to make that required annual stuff fun and interesting -- but it can be done.

    Good luck in whatever you choose. Keep us posted.

    llg
  11. by   ceecel.dee
    Suzy,

    You strike me as intelligent, articulate, and quite likable. You will be great!

    You have all the basics, even if you haven't use them in the last 10 minutes! The internet is your best friend in this endeavor, and you need not be an expert. You just need to be approachable...and an "get things done" kinda gal. You already are that, I think.....right?

    After the initial adjustment, you will thrive in this role!
  12. by   spineCNOR
    Suzy,
    does your MSN program require a practicum--that would be a good time to work with a staff development person who has experience in the areas you feel weak in.
    Congrats on your new position and new challenge! I look forward to hearing how things are going for you.
  13. by   naddy
    What exactly do staff development nurses do and what is their starting salary?

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