Okay, so I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but I'm very goal-oriented, and type A lol. So, I have been a nurse for 1.5 years, and an ICU nurse for the past several months, new to ICU nursing. I love it, and this is where I will stay
I discovered during nursing school that I love to teach. My original plan was to become an FNP one day, and I still may do that, but I hope to teach one day.
Is there a shortage of nursing faculty as it says all over articles?
(I've read there's a shortage of nursing faculty d/t low pay and making what a bedside RN makes)
Shortage of educators in any particular nursing area? Or is this all just regional and random? Like CA may need peds nurses in LA, but Seattle may need OB nurses, etc.
Possibility of teaching online courses, as well, with just MSN? (may pursue DNP later, but this all takes time
How about the online programs? Is it best to choose an online program that has an actual school with it? I know Gonzaga has an online program, RN-MSN, and a few others do, as well, Drexel has online MSN programs for RN's with previous degrees, so that works well for me. Looks like those 2 are really solid programs, both with clinical component. Any input from people who have attended there?
Anyway, I love my job, and love who I work with, but I am excited about the possibility of educating future nurses down the road! I love writing test questions, and all of that jazz, too
, I'd love researching new lesson plans, PPT's, etc. Oh, and how many positions are there for nurse educators in the hospital or staff dev? I love to learn, but I don't want to invest money/time into education if I will be jobless after graduating. Guess I'll just have to ask this 8 years from now
...or is nursing education expected to have too few faculty long-term? I know I read that, too, but just like to hear it from those actually working in the field.