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MSN in nursing education or informatics

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Specializes in PICU, CTICU. Has 5 years experience.

I have a question, I love teaching to improve practice in the nursing school setting and in the clinical nurse educator setting. what program is the most appropriate for these type of roles. I'm confused to which one has a better job security/ more appropriate an MSN in nursing eduction or informatics? I'm also afraid that I don't have the experience necessary to land a job on either field since I've only done PICU/CVICU bedside with no leadership positions such as charge or manager but I've ben part of quality improvements projects. also, I would like to do a DNP program where I can just be done with school versus an MSN and then going back to do my DNP. any feedback is appreciated good or bad 🙂 thank you so much!

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NurseKnope, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, Med-Surg, Neuro, Education. Has 9 years experience.

Hi! I don't know much about informatics, but I have an MSN in nursing edu! I love this degree... I love teaching! I have several friends that are in NP programs and I've successfully converted one or two of them. And there's a really good job market where I live because a lot of the faculty are getting ready to retire and are ready to pass the torch, so to speak. I work with nurses from all sorts of backgrounds in a BSN nursing program - one of them only has NICU experience, so there's not necessarily a need to "diversify" where I live in order to teach. That instructor is expected to learn whatever topic she will need to teach on, and she will probably end up doing adult m/s or mother/baby clinicals in the future.

Check different DNP programs because some programs in my area only allow MSN in nurse ED to do PhD, and reserves DNP for NP and nurse exec/admin degrees. Not sure about the informatics degree if that would be DNP or PhD route.

I know someone who is working on getting an MSN in nursing informatics. She was telling me she will have to move 2 states away to find a job because they are so few and far in between. She said it would be worth it because apparently with that degree she could work remotely and from at home? Not sure, because the field has never really interested me enough to research, but a lot of nurses are really into it. Most of the informatics/IT/documentation jobs around where I live only require a BSN, so the informatics degree doesn't make much sense here, but it's all about your geographical area and supply/demand.

TRVL.RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in PICU, CTICU. Has 5 years experience.

6 hours ago, NurseKnope said:

Hi! I don't know much about informatics, but I have an MSN in nursing edu! I love this degree... I love teaching! I have several friends that are in NP programs and I've successfully converted one or two of them. And there's a really good job market where I live because a lot of the faculty are getting ready to retire and are ready to pass the torch, so to speak. I work with nurses from all sorts of backgrounds in a BSN nursing program - one of them only has NICU experience, so there's not necessarily a need to "diversify" where I live in order to teach. That instructor is expected to learn whatever topic she will need to teach on, and she will probably end up doing adult m/s or mother/baby clinicals in the future.

Check different DNP programs because some programs in my area only allow MSN in nurse ED to do PhD, and reserves DNP for NP and nurse exec/admin degrees. Not sure about the informatics degree if that would be DNP or PhD route.

I know someone who is working on getting an MSN in nursing informatics. She was telling me she will have to move 2 states away to find a job because they are so few and far in between. She said it would be worth it because apparently with that degree she could work remotely and from at home? Not sure, because the field has never really interested me enough to research, but a lot of nurses are really into it. Most of the informatics/IT/documentation jobs around where I live only require a BSN, so the informatics degree doesn't make much sense here, but it's all about your geographical area and supply/demand.

awesome, CONGRATS! thank you so much for your input! I love teaching in either setting; school or inpatient I just love teaching a subject and being able to give tips according to what I have experienced as a nurse. I will probably do nursing education first and then the nursing informatics just because I love both things and I'm really interested on them.

On 6/29/2020 at 9:47 PM, NurseKnope said:

Hi! I don't know much about informatics, but I have an MSN in nursing edu! I love this degree... I love teaching! I have several friends that are in NP programs and I've successfully converted one or two of them. And there's a really good job market where I live because a lot of the faculty are getting ready to retire and are ready to pass the torch, so to speak. I work with nurses from all sorts of backgrounds in a BSN nursing program - one of them only has NICU experience, so there's not necessarily a need to "diversify" where I live in order to teach. That instructor is expected to learn whatever topic she will need to teach on, and she will probably end up doing adult m/s or mother/baby clinicals in the future.

Check different DNP programs because some programs in my area only allow MSN in nurse ED to do PhD, and reserves DNP for NP and nurse exec/admin degrees. Not sure about the informatics degree if that would be DNP or PhD route.

I know someone who is working on getting an MSN in nursing informatics. She was telling me she will have to move 2 states away to find a job because they are so few and far in between. She said it would be worth it because apparently with that degree she could work remotely and from at home? Not sure, because the field has never really interested me enough to research, but a lot of nurses are really into it. Most of the informatics/IT/documentation jobs around where I live only require a BSN, so the informatics degree doesn't make much sense here, but it's all about your geographical area and supply/demand.

Any advice to someone that does have a vast nursing experience, MSN-ED but no teaching experience or management experience?

NurseKnope, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, Med-Surg, Neuro, Education. Has 9 years experience.

30 minutes ago, TravelRNdreaming said:

Any advice to someone that does have a vast nursing experience, MSN-ED but no teaching experience or management experience?

Advice in terms of what?