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    Quote from scribblerrn
    For me, here are the enticements for taking a cut-in-pay:

    1. I get summers off, no holidays, a month at Christmas, and no weekends.

    2. Even as full-time faculty, I work less than 40 hours a week at school, (but I do spend time grading papers at home- this doesn't bother me since I can do it with my family around, watching TV, etc)

    3. The benefits are better than working in a private office (but not as good as a hospital)

    4. My retirement is better. I can retire in 30 years at 90 percent of my top five years of salary.

    5. They know the pay isn't that good, and they make sure we have time to work outside the program (I have a part-time nurse practitioner job and teach at another college on the side)

    6. My hours are pretty flexible. Usually I can work my office hours so I have one day off in the week and am finished by noon on Friday.

    7. The university will pay for my doctorate.

    8. All that stuff about teaching future nurses!

    Over-all I carry three jobs, but still rarely work over a 40 hour work week, and MAYBE an 8 hour work week in the summer and during breaks. My salary is in the lover 40,000's at the college I work for full time, but with my PRN jobs, I usually make a total income of about 62,000/year (which in the area I live is only slightly less than what a full time NP makes, so I'm not doing all that badly.)
    Thank you, scribblern. I thought, surely, there must be some positives or no one would be doing it. I work at a hospital and the benefits are rather so-so. But, I live in a rural area and this hospital is closer to me so that makes a difference in my mind. Now, I just have to get over that fear of public speaking......:imbar

    As for the "interview", if anyone is interested in talking with me, please let me know and I can e-mail you off list or enter a chat or whatever you would prefer. I would be extremely appreciative of any insight and information anyone has to offer!!:bowingpur I suppose this is what you would call going all the way with an online class! LOL!

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    I am new here and sought this forum because I am currently enrolled in a Master's program with the intention of teaching nursing. What an eye opener! It makes me wonder if it will all be worth it in the end. This is my first semester. Should I stop now before I have invested a great deal of time and money? I am one of those who believes that money isn't everything but also recognizes that you have to make a living. I am in the process of doing a research paper regarding my future role and had hoped to meet other nurse educators and possibly "interview" a nurse educator for this paper. (Being online and in a rural area makes meeting nurse educators in person difficult.) Is there anything that can be considered a positive aspect of being a nurse educator? What could entice someone to take a cut in pay?