Experienced Nurse Seeking Advice

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    I have been in patient care for 4 years now and I want out!! I have worked in OBGYN, Nursery, & Telemetry. I am working on my Masters in Nursing Education right now. I was wondering should I look into teaching now or wait until I am finished with my degree early next year? If I should wait, what other avenues could I take with my experience level? Thanks!
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    If you have any opportunity to get educating experience now, either as a unit educator or something like that, I would jump on it. I am graduating in like 2 weeks with MSN-Ed and have been home for the past two years with my daughter. Most teaching jobs require one year minimum teaching experience to start (Kaplan, some ADN programs, etc). If you can get something on your resume now while you chug through the final year it will be great for landing a job afterwards. CNE also requires two years of teaching prior to sitting for the test, and the PhD program I am looking at also requires 2 years of faculty teaching.

    Best of luck!

    Tait
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    Ok thank you! That is what I was thinking about doing. Maybe starting this fall, I will look into teaching at a community college to start getting some experience. I appreciate your advice!
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    What about teaching clinical? I know people who taught clinicals while enrolled in an MSN program.
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    You don't have to have a master's to teach at a vocational nursing school.
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    Quote from KelRN215
    What about teaching clinical? I know people who taught clinicals while enrolled in an MSN program.
    Oh ok that's not a bad idea. Now can I do that full time or just part time? I currently work at the beside, but I would love to do it full time...
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    Quote from TheWalkingDeadNurse
    You don't have to have a master's to teach at a vocational nursing school.
    Ok thank you for that idea too!
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    Quote from TheWalkingDeadNurse
    You don't have to have a master's to teach at a vocational nursing school.
    Ok thank you for that idea as well! I will look into that
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    While I was in my MSN program, I taught just one group for clinicals, so one day a week; while still working my regular shifts as a staff nurse. It really opened my eyes in several ways, about education and the paperwork required of teaching, which is many many hours outside of both classroom and clinical site.

    It also gave me access to some terrific mentors through the school that hired me as a CI. I now work for that school as adjunct in classroom (too hard to do night shift for staff and days for clinicals) but get paid a lot more (by the hour) with my staff job.
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    Quote from JBudd
    While I was in my MSN program, I taught just one group for clinicals, so one day a week; while still working my regular shifts as a staff nurse. It really opened my eyes in several ways, about education and the paperwork required of teaching, which is many many hours outside of both classroom and clinical site.

    It also gave me access to some terrific mentors through the school that hired me as a CI. I now work for that school as adjunct in classroom (too hard to do night shift for staff and days for clinicals) but get paid a lot more (by the hour) with my staff job.
    Ok thank you for your post! Yes I'm thinking it will be too hard to do both while still on school. I would like to teach clinicals full time in the fall. Any suggestions on how I should go about it since I don't have my MSN yet??


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