Nurse Educators, Introduce Yourselves! - page 2

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  1. by   VickyRN
    Welcome to the Forum, Paulsm! What sort of nurse educator do you want to be (CNS, educator in university or community college setting, etc)? There are so many options. Whatever your choice of concentration, I am sure you will be a great asset. Let us know if we can help or encourage you in anyway
  2. by   NPTeacher
    Hi all - I'm new to this board, but not new to nursing education. I have been teaching nursing for 7 years in a school with just about all levels of nursing education, (BSN, RN-BSN, MSN, and PhD programs). I teach both BSN and MSN courses. Our total enrollment is approximately 350 students in all of our various programs.
  3. by   Sarah, RNBScN
    Hi

    I am a BSN researching different programs distance and on line to start my MSN. I would love to do it in education. I have taught for RN and BScN program seasonally for clinical only. I would love to teach in a classroom setting one day. I have taught medical, surgical and geriatrics within the acute setting of our local hospital. It is alot of work but very enjoyable...students keep you on your toes...

    Any tips for MSN or MN would be appreciated? Name of institution, length of course completion, etc...
  4. by   VickyRN
    Quote from NPTeacher
    Hi all - I'm new to this board, but not new to nursing education. I have been teaching nursing for 7 years in a school with just about all levels of nursing education, (BSN, RN-BSN, MSN, and PhD programs). I teach both BSN and MSN courses. Our total enrollment is approximately 350 students in all of our various programs.
    Welcome to the Forum! Feel free to post here anytime. I am both a teacher (ADN students) and a student myself (MSN-Nurse Educator--due to graduate next summer!) :chuckle Our nursing school is very small-a total of about 100 in all of our different programs (ADN and LPN).
  5. by   VickyRN
    Quote from Sarah, RNBScN
    Hi

    I am a BSN researching different programs distance and on line to start my MSN. I would love to do it in education. I have taught for RN and BScN program seasonally for clinical only. I would love to teach in a classroom setting one day. I have taught medical, surgical and geriatrics within the acute setting of our local hospital. It is alot of work but very enjoyable...students keep you on your toes...

    Any tips for MSN or MN would be appreciated? Name of institution, length of course completion, etc...
    Welcome, Sarah! My program is totally online (MSN-Nurse Educator concentration) and very student friendly. 36 credit hours total. PM me sometime and I will give you the specifics.
    Sounds like you would make a great instructor with all of your experience. And you are right, students do keep you on your toes :chuckle
  6. by   ksfrn66
    Hello to all! I teach Med-Surg III in an ADN program at a community college in WV. I actually graduated from this program myself in 1990. I received my BSN from WVU and completed MSN from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio.
    In August I will begin my third year of teaching and I absolutely love it! Lecturing took a little bit to get used to though....I also have clinicals on Th/Fr from 8-2p. Have Tuesdays "off" as a planning day. (don't have to go to office). We take in 65-80 students each year depending on the # of adjunct faculty we have signed on. My group for fall has 8 students which is manageable.

    My question is this: what is your dress code and how well is it policed with adjuncts, etc?
  7. by   Kokomo
    Dear VickyRN,
    Thank you for the words of encouragement. I have decided to pursue a career in the educational field. I think this would be rewarding for me at this time in my life. Please feel free to pass on any advice you may have.
    Thanks,
    Animalangel
  8. by   zacsmimi
    Quote from VickyRN
    Welcome, Sarah! My program is totally online (MSN-Nurse Educator concentration) and very student friendly. 36 credit hours total. PM me sometime and I will give you the specifics.
    Sounds like you would make a great instructor with all of your experience. And you are right, students do keep you on your toes :chuckle
    Im starting my MSN program - with concentration in Nursing Education- shortly in a distance education program. I have taught CNAs for 6 years... I want to teach nursing at the college level... And Im thrilled to be starting this program. I started the reading last night and scared myself. There must have been 8 new words on the first PAGE! This is going to be a challenge, but I am excited... tell me about your program and your students? It may be the same one... St Joseph's?
  9. by   ProfRN4
    Quote from ksfrn66
    Lecturing took a little bit to get used to though....I also have clinicals on Th/Fr from 8-2p. Have Tuesdays "off" as a planning day. (don't have to go to office).
    That's what I'm afraid of...lectures!! :uhoh21: My only hope is that I will know more than them. And yes they do keep you on your toes (I see that when I'm working on the floor and the students come to me with so many questions (I really don't mind though).

    You mentioned your "day off". I was wondering too, what kind of schedule does a full time professor/instructor have? 4 days, 5 days, does it include evening classes (if the school offers them)? I have so many schedule conflicts right now with childcare, but by the time I start teaching, my daughter will start 1st grade. I'm just hoping it will be a better alternative to 12hr hosp shifts, having maybe a more normal lifestyle.
  10. by   vickynurse
    Hi to everyone

    I've been a nurse since 1975, mostly med surg & critical care. I've been in education of some sort since 1985 - staff ed, CNA, ASN, LPN. My MSN is Med-surg with double minors in teaching and supervision. I also have a post master's certificate Adult NP. It's great to see so many people who are interested in making nursing education their career specialty. I've loved it all and use all of my education every day.

    I am interested to know how cultural competence is being integrated into curriculla across the nation. Is it a separate course, integrated, or ignored? I understand the upcoming NCLEX will be focusing more on this area. Any thoughts?

    Good luck to all of you in your education and careers.

    Vicky
  11. by   diannenurse
    Hello everyone, so nice to read all the awesome nurse comments. I have my Masters in Nursing, with a Clinical Nurse specialist focus in Med/Surg. I will be teaching at the BSN level this Fall in Adult Health: Gero. and Holistic Nursing. My work history includes a Licensed School Nurse while my kids were little....the schedule was perfect. I also had two years med/surg before that. I then did clinic work and management/CNS in residential chemical dependency/detox with adults and adolescents. I am excited about teaching and would appreciate any ideas and support from experienced instructors. Thanks ahead of time.Dianne
  12. by   ksfrn66
    Quote from bonemarrowrn
    That's what I'm afraid of...lectures!! :uhoh21: My only hope is that I will know more than them. And yes they do keep you on your toes (I see that when I'm working on the floor and the students come to me with so many questions (I really don't mind though).

    You mentioned your "day off". I was wondering too, what kind of schedule does a full time professor/instructor have? 4 days, 5 days, does it include evening classes (if the school offers them)? I have so many schedule conflicts right now with childcare, but by the time I start teaching, my daughter will start 1st grade. I'm just hoping it will be a better alternative to 12hr hosp shifts, having maybe a more normal lifestyle.
    I actually am a full time instructor - this year I will apply for promotion to Assistant (or maybe associate I can never keep it straight!) professor. I do not teach in the BSN program, just the ADN so my day is done by 3 at the latest. I usually start at 9 am, we take an hour lunch and we leave by 3. Gravy job! I luv it!
  13. by   ProfRN4
    Quote from ksfrn66
    I actually am a full time instructor - this year I will apply for promotion to Assistant (or maybe associate I can never keep it straight!) professor. I do not teach in the BSN program, just the ADN so my day is done by 3 at the latest. I usually start at 9 am, we take an hour lunch and we leave by 3. Gravy job! I luv it!
    So, you are considered 'full time', and work 4 days a week (or I should say teach 4 days a week)? It is basically a 6hr day? How much time do you need to devote to work while you're not there (ie, tests and those dreaeded CARE PLANS)?

    What is the difference between 'instructor' and 'professor' at your school? Where I live, I don't know of any colleges off hand that actually have both ADN and BSN programs. So I will have to choose one or the other when I start looking.

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