Quote from WestCoastSunRN
This sounds great to me. I am in no rush to leave bedside nursing. I also am passionate about bedside nurses being well-equipped for what they do... and well supported. I have begun to get involved in education initiatives at work with our CNE's.
May I ask your thoughts on what types of courses make a good educator program, in your opinion?
I am looking closely at Loyola right now, which has a fair amount of stats and research methods and writing, along with curriculum development and assessment type courses --- and it also includes the 3 Ps (adv. patho, pharm and phys assess). All sound good to me. Some other programs do not include a graduate stats class, or they seem to skimp on the 3 Ps.
I'd love the thoughts of someone who is actually doing the work.
I am far from an expert. I attended WGU for my MSN in nursing education. It focused on the 3 Ps and had heavy focus on EBP and research, both of which have been very useful to me as an educator and both of which I am very comfortable with now because of my studies. I have been able to assist other educators who didn't get as intense of exposure to finding and interpreting nursing research.
It did not focus as much on creation of curriculum or tenets of adult learning as I would have liked, which I think is pretty important. Because I am in PD rather than academia, the needs are a bit different. I do find most MSN in Nursing Education programs seem to be tilted toward the academic setting rather than Professional Development. PD seems to be one of those "best kept secret in the hospital" specialties. I took a lot of business classes before I became a nurse and a fundamental understanding of business goals and basic fundamentals of finance have been useful to me in understanding what is important to the senior leadership that I interact with.
In working in PD the needs assessments are pretty different than that of an academic setting and tend to be urgent. When deficits are discovered, leadership is wanting assistance in remedying the situation almost immediately, so there is sense of forward motion and a bit of pressure almost all the time. I personally thrive under that, so it works well for me. No two days are alike. Some days it is all about orientation for new employees, others about getting students corralled and up to speed, others about updating staff competencies, still others about refreshing staff knowledge in the most optimal use of our software system and combating bad practices in documentation, which has swung from documenting by exception for a long time and back now to "if it wasn't documented, it wasn't done". Everything is looked at and reports generated, so teaching nurses to tailor their documentation to the reports that guide leadership in managing the hospital regarding Key Performance Indicators and Core Measures and how TJC sees things etc etc is a HUGE part of my job. I am a communication resource for the staff to leadership and my recommendations for change hold clout when it comes to types of supplies needed and even formation of policies.
I think any program is likely to have some deficits given how unstable the world of medicine is in the US right now and the endless need to try to balance excellent practice with liability with responsible stewardship of resources. Things change fast. I think if your heart is in this, select a program that you can afford and that also makes you feel passionate about what you do. No matter what, you are entering a new specialty and true to nursing specialties everywhere, there is a bit of a painful, humble learning curve to it.
Just pick one and give it your all!