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What about getting a Bachelors in Community Health with a concentration in Health Promotion Education in the Community Setting? A college nearby has this degree... I'm hoping it would lead to a career in Health Education (public, schools, etc). That's my dream, but IDK how to go about becoming a health educator and what the job prospects are like?
I know a couple health educators (non-nurses), and they are really struggling to find any reasonable employment. Both the people I know are ridiculously
underemployed (both in terms of job responsibilities/opportunities and in terms of compensation) for the education and experience they have, and they're v. envious of my being an RN. Both are working part-time/prn, not because they necessarily want
to, but because that's all the work they can find in this area -- fortunately, they both have husbands who are the primary breadwinners for the family. If you can do this for the love of it and not because you need to make a decent living, then go for it -- otherwise, I dunno ... Nursing, even at its worst, is a much more reliable means of earning a living and offers a much wider range of employment possibilities. (Don't give up your RN license!!
Have you talked to your local public health department about possible employment? Many public health department require a BSN as a minimum for nurses, but not all do. What about something like Hospice? Does that interest you? That seems to have a significant teaching/education component built into it.