Quote from mjbsn2006
I'm currrently in a BSN program. My school also offers a MSN program that you can begin after graduating with the BSN. How long do you recommend working as a RN at some type of facility before switching to an educator at a university? My school hires most of their MSN grads as clinical faculty. Normally the MSN is 36 hrs., and can be completed in 2+ yrs.? Is that enough time to be prepared for a teaching role. Also, is 9 hrs. a semester to many hours to take for graduate courses if you plan on working full time, most of the classes are online?Thanks.
Think about your experience as a student, and your professors. It's the same everywhere (I assume): the ones who haven't worked hands on in 20 years, and the ones who still work per-diem on the weekends. Who is the better professor? Don't you want to be able to share your clinical experiences to your students, rather than lecturing from a text? I've been a nurse for 10yrs, and it will be 12 by the time I get my MSN in Ed. And the thought scares me that I will not be able to 'know everything'. But at least I have 10yrs of various experience to draw from.
It's not the 2yrs of grad school that prepares you, it's the experience on the floors that prepares you. 9 credits is a lot in grad school, (more than 9 undergrad), also, depending on your other commitments. I work per-diem, and take 6 credits, and that's plenty. I also have a 4yr old. Grad classes are no joke (I know undergrad isn't either). More papers and presentations, which are time consuming (but better than tests). If I were you I'd take it slow at first. Get yourself acclamated (sp?) to full time nursing. You need to go through orientation and get comfortable first. Take 1 or 2 core classes the first semester. that's just my 2 cents