Getting the right kind of experience for nurse education - page 2

Hi there. I an RN with 2 1/2 years experience in group homes and homecare. I really really want to advance my career and am considering going back to school for nursing education and becoming a nursing prof. I am currently... Read More

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    Quote from ImThatGuy
    What if you wanted to teach things like pathophysiology, pharmacology, health assessment, etc - the more sciencey part of it?
    2 choices
    (1) Get a graduate degree in pathophysiology, pharmacology, etc.
    (2) Get a graduate degree in nursing plus clinical experience in a field that encompasses those topics intensively. As a nursing faculty member, you'll be expected to be an expert at what you teach -- and in nursing, that usually means that you have USED that knowledge in the field and know how it relates to patient care.

    Teaching at a college level requires an advanced degree relevant to what you are teaching -- AND -- either academic, scholarly work in that field (e.g. completed research in that field) or clinical experience applying that knowledge. There is no getting around that. Your entry level classes in nursing school don't make you an expert on these topics; they make you a beginner-level nurse. You need to add to that schoolwork and practical experience to advance to competence ... and even more to progress to the proficient or expert levels qualified to teach others.

    Also note that the instructors, lecturers, professors, etc. with minimal qualifications are generally at the bottom of the academic totem pole and have the least power, least freedom, smallest paychecks, etc. The pay, benefits, work schedules, etc. can be worse than that of a staff nurse. To advance in academia, you usually need to have your expertise very well established with publications, clinical experience, etc.

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    I'm at a small school so none of our faculty are really experts or scholarly, but ok.

    We have separate patho and pharm classes, and I don't think any of them are experts in that field. With pharm, it's the MOA that's interesting. The nursing implications aren't.

    I know the salary is lower. I worked for the state and am intimately familiar with our state salary schedule. The retirement and insurance is good, but the salary, yes, is lower. However, it's in the neighborhood of my law enforcement jobs.

    The reality of it all with healthcare is that I'd rather know why something works than actually be doing it myself.

    Thanks for the replies.

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