After spending only a year and a half in academia on a full-time basis, the faculty-to-faculty incivility, major faculty overload, and faculty layoffs has diminished my dreams of being an academic nurse educator on a full-time basis. I resigned from my assistant professor job with the job offer of becoming a statewide nurse consultant for my state's Office of Public Health in the continuing education department; however, a $16 million dollar budget cut has this position on the chopping block. I recently applied for a staff development coordinator position at a local hospital in which I used to work. I have a Master of Nursing degree and am a certified family nurse practitioner. I am also currently pursuing my PhD in Nursing Education at Capella University. The job wants a minimum of 5 years in education with experience in curriculum development. Due to the numerous amount of internal and external applicants, I feel like my chances of landing this job are slim. I know that I can take a staff educator course through Indiana University, but how else can I gain experience in staff development? Teaching CE courses? I know these jobs are hard to come by and just want to know what will give me an advantage. Meanwhile, I plan to return working as a nurse practitioner in a school-based health center and possibly create a more formal orientation program for nurses in school health. A curriculum course is included as a requirement in my PhD program, but I thought about taking a continuing education course on curriculum development as well. I also plan to teach as an adjunct faculty in an online RN-to-BSN program. Any other suggestions?
P.S.- llg, you also offer wonderful words of wisdom. please feel free to comment!