Getting into nursing education

  1. i am a registered nurse for 5 years working at the bedside. i did a 3 year diploma in general nursing. i started to hate nursing at the bedside so i ve decided to do a bachelors in education with specialisation in primary education as i have always loved teaching. i want to get into nursing education but i do not want to have to do a BSN. Can i be advised accordingly.... thank you
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  3. by   Rose_Queen
    Many places will not consider you without at a minimum a BSN- just to teach clinicals in an ADN program. In my state, the BON rule is that those doing the teaching must hold a degree one level higher than the program in which they teach. Many of those programs also go beyond those requirements- in the BSN program I initially completed, all classroom instructors were required to hold a doctorate, all clinical educators had to have a minimum of an MSN.

    I'm sorry, but a bachelors in education is not going to mean anything to a school of nursing looking for educators.
  4. by   ryan26
    Do you think it is wise to do an MSN- edu?
  5. by   Rose_Queen
    If you want to teach in nursing, that is the minimum you will need to have in almost every single nursing school. ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredits nursing schools granting ADN and higher with criteria specifying that 100% of all full-time ADN faculty must hold an MSN. The other accrediting body, CCNE, which accredits BSN programs and higher, expects faculty to hold a graduate degree. States may have additional requirements beyond and above the accreditation criteria.
  6. by   Whispera
    I started out with a bachelors in elementary education. I went back to school and got my BSN and MSN. My education degree seemed to make it easier for me to get a job once I had a MSN, but didn't do a thing before that. It also made teaching easier than it would have been without it.

    In my area it's required that all faculty must have a MSN, or the school can't be accredited.
  7. by   ryan26
    i wanted to do my BSN, but i was told that i can apply to do my MSN-edu, do you think i should do the MSN or should i do the BSN and then the MSN... advice plz.....
  8. by   meanmaryjean
    Only you can decide that based on the specific school you were 'told' would accept your diploma for graduate school entry.

    Call the schools you're interested in. As others have said- it it's NURSING you want to teach, then an MSN is the bare minimum you'll need.

    Good luck
  9. by   Whispera
    If you skip the BSN and go directly to the MSN in Education, you'll probably have a longer MSN than those who already have a BSN. There are courses you'd have to take to qualify for the MSN in Education that those with a BSN already have. Check out the requirements to compare things.