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Graduating with my MSN, how do you get an online Nursing Instructor Job?

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I am going to graduate in May with my MSN, but currently have my BSN and have been working as a RN for over 8 years. I have been trying to find resources to get an online intructor job before graduating with my MSN. I know that I am eligible for an Associate Degree teaching postion, but I have not had any luck finding the right resources to get a job. I work M,W,F and would love to supplement my income and nursing experience with a teaching job now. Looking for advice...

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HouTx has 35 years experience and works as a Manager, eLearning & Clinical Development.

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I know that I am eligible for an Associate Degree teaching postion, but I have not had any luck finding the right resources to get a job. I work M,W,F and would love to supplement my income and nursing experience with a teaching job now. Looking for advice...

There is a big difference between meeting minimum qualifications and actually gaining entry into something. For instance, most most nursing schools say you only need a 2.5 or 3.0 GPA to qualify, but when is the last time you heard of anyone actually being accepted with these numbers? It's the same for educator jobs -- For an accredited nursing school, you will most likely need teaching experience in order to qualify for educator jobs except that of 'clinical instructor'. Nursing schools have to ensure that their faculty are not only qualified but also competent to meet the needs of students.

Education is an entirely separate discipline (with specific knowledge and skills) from nursing... it is not something you can just fall into and hope for the best. If you have doubts, just take a look at all the posts on AN about 'bad instructors'. Specific qualifications for nursing faculty are spelled out in national accreditation standards...you may want to become familiar with these.

Probably the best way to transition into a career as an educator is to begin teaching in order to build your CV (educator speak for resume) Teach CPR, ACLS, inservices -- anything that you can find. This will get your foot into the door. Getting certified as a nurse educator will provide you with a good understanding of the basics.

Best of luck to you.

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