I'd greatly appreciate any input, pro or con, especially from nursing instructors!
I've been an RN for 4 years and have always worked in cardiology, including tele, ACCU, and now an OP clinic. It's a good gig but it's not where I want to be in five years. I'd always figured I'd go on for a graduate degree and become an NP after getting some experience. But I'm just not sure it's the best fit for me, either personally or long term career-wise. (I'm 40, FWIW.)
Recently I've been thinking instead about pursuing the MSN/Education route instead. I love to teach; it's my favorite part of my job. It's likely I could get a scholarship, given the need for nursing instructors. Most of all, the idea of teaching *excites* me -- this is the first time I've been enthusiastic about going to grad school! I love working with young people (of all ages) and it seems it would be very rewarding to work with student nurses.
I mentioned this with a nurse friend and she was not very supportive -- she seemed to think I was selling myself short by not going for NP -- "why would you want to deal with bratty students for the same money you make now? NP's have some autonomy!" She has a point about the money, but that's not a dealbreaker for me.
So, for those who are educators, what are the pros? What are the cons? If you had your career to do over, would you choose education again?
Any comments, good bad or indifferent, are welcome!