MSN Nurse Educator

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    I see this questions was addressed a while back this year, but I am going to see if anyone has any recent information. Does anyone have experience with Chamberlain University online specifically MSN programs only? OR any other awesome experiences with online schools for MSN nurse educator. Have you graduated? Did you easily obtain a job post MSN? Also, how did you gain experience in teaching when colleges will not even look to let you teach clinicals etc until at least half of the MSN classes are done? Thanks

    Kelly
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    Kelly,

    I attended Walden University online for my masters degree in nursing education. It was great, and you could always contact the instructors if you had questions. Hope this helps. I also did not have any problems with obtaining a job after graduation.
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    I have just been accepted into Uiversity of North Dakota's online MSN-Nurse Educator program and my advisor it very open to calls with any concerns or questions. To answer your question about teaching experience before graduation, I did something a little different. I went to a community college and found they needed someone to teach first-aid and safety, then I became BLS certified instructor and taught some more, and finally ended up teaching med/curg/ob clinicals for practical nursing students before attending grad school. As long a syou have a Bachelor's degree, they most likely will let you teach their "extra electives" courses. It's been real fun and it all counts as experience!
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    I have been a nurse for 38 years, started as an LPN went on for my ADN, then my BSN and a year ago obtained my MSN in Nursing Education through Grand Canyon University online. I have a tremendous amount of clinical experience and have practiced in ICU (am a CCRN), have been a Director of ICU, IMCU, and Dialysis for the past 2 years. Have practiced in diversified settings over the years Home Health IV Therapy (CRNI), Hospice, Subacute Coordinator, Radiology Special Procedures, Med-Surg Trauma Progressive Care Unit, Telemetry, etc. All through my career I have taught patients, new nurses, and lectured as an expert nurse in many subjects. I did an onsite practicum at the end of my MSN program with a local college. The Nursing Coordinator at the college requested I teach as an Adjunct, at the time I was too busy being a Director. I just recently left the stress of that position and set out to teach! I am becoming quite discouraged as everyone wants a Doctorate degree, or 3-5 years of experience! Well I am not interested in going back for a Doctorate degree to find they still want someone with 3-5 years of academic experience and can only work as an adjunct! I find it quite ridiculous that we hire and precept new grads of nursing and our colleges of nursing do not reciprocate. In a time with an unprecedented shortage of nurses predicted and the need for nursing faculty I find articles and blogs about Adjuncts as Sharecroppers as schools are saving money by only having a few fulltime faculty members and sourcing the rest out to adjuncts for low pay and no benefits shameful. I can only hope that as the Healthcare Reform hits there is some recognition of Academic Reform needs!
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    What state do you practice in Kelly?
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    I recently moved to South Carolina (military spouse). I have a BSN and have practiced in many States, mainly in OB arena. I want to get an MSN. I do not want to stay at the bedside for much longer; I am getting very burnt out. When moving South I took a part-time position in a school (yawn) and work PRN in the hospital. I do not know which way to go. It is very difficult getting a job here away from the bedside. Everyone wants experience (eg in quality, education, infection control, occupational health etc). I always enjoyed precepting staff so began looking at Nurse educator. There is one local university that offers the program or there are many online of course. It costs a lot of $$$ to get an MSN and I agree with bward, pay is poor as adjunct. There are so many ads for adjunct staff locally, but you cannot apply unless half of the MSN is completed. I am uncertain if nurse education is for me, so am 1. wary to enroll and drop $20,000 2. wonder how these online universities compare to traditional paths. Thanks for the input. I should try the above suggestions to get my feet wet.

    Kelly
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    Hi!
    I have just been accepted for a MSN Education and I would really like to teach in the classroom as a full time gig when I am done. However, the above stories are making me nervous . . . are you all saying you are having a hard time finding jobs, even with an MSN? I honestly have no desire to get a doctorate, I just love teaching. I have 6 years experience in a multi-acuity setting and I am a CCRN, which I thought would make me more marketable when things are done. Any and all advice is VERY welcome!
    J
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    Quote from Britrn04
    I recently moved to South Carolina (military spouse). I have a BSN and have practiced in many States, mainly in OB arena. I want to get an MSN. I do not want to stay at the bedside for much longer; I am getting very burnt out. When moving South I took a part-time position in a school (yawn) and work PRN in the hospital. I do not know which way to go. It is very difficult getting a job here away from the bedside. Everyone wants experience (eg in quality, education, infection control, occupational health etc). I always enjoyed precepting staff so began looking at Nurse educator. There is one local university that offers the program or there are many online of course. It costs a lot of $$$ to get an MSN and I agree with bward, pay is poor as adjunct. There are so many ads for adjunct staff locally, but you cannot apply unless half of the MSN is completed. I am uncertain if nurse education is for me, so am 1. wary to enroll and drop $20,000 2. wonder how these online universities compare to traditional paths. Thanks for the input. I should try the above suggestions to get my feet wet.

    Kelly
    Have you looked a Western Governors University? It has very good reviews from past/present students, and it is very affordable.
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    my msn is in education and I completed it thru Walden, it was a tough program but instructors and academic advisor were very accessible/ I currently am employed in a staff education position and also teach as adjunct faculty in an LPN program
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    my msn is in education and I completed it thru Walden, it was a tough program but instructors and academic advisor were very accessible/ I currently am employed in a staff education position and also teach as adjunct faculty in an LPN program
    Hi suni are you indian..i am indian struggling to select a ms program..will you please help me


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