New grad interested in becoming a clinical instructor

  1. Hi all,

    I just graduated from a 2 year ADN program . I am interested in becoming an adjunct clinical instructor. I do not want to do the classroom teaching portion.
    I had a really great adjunct med-surge instructor who has inspired me to pursue this option. I believe some instructors can make a student feel like they can fly where others can make you doubt your abilities to become an RN. I have had personal experiences with both types.
    I have a previous 4 year degree in Finance. I was wondering what the requirements would be to be an adjunct CI.
    What type of masters degree would I need and how many years of experience? If teaching LPN students would the requirements be less?

    Thank you,

    Heather
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  3. by   elkpark
    Lots of schools use BSN-prepared people as clinical instructors. An MSN would give you more options, of course.

    Most every nursing faculty position, adjunct or otherwise, requires a minimum of two years of clinical experience; some schools require more than that and, of course, with just the two years minimum requirement, you would not be as competitive a candidate as others with more experience (although a lot of schools are so hard up for faculty that there might not be any competition for an open position ).

    I know there have been some previous discussions/threads here about the pros and cons of adjunct faculty positions. You may want to search for them and have a read.
  4. by   Ginger's Mom
    With a previous BS you can go to bridge MSN program. You may need 1-2 years of experience.

    In my home state you need a MSN or BSN and enrollement to a MSN to teach even in a LPN progran.

    Don't give up on your dream. In the mean time you could become a CPR instructor or teach CNAs.
  5. by   showbizrn
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    Investigate teaching in a LPN program in order to get some teaching experience.

    Like Alex said, you can also investigate the varioous BS to MSN bridge programs available in order to increase your credentials---since teaching is your goal.

    Investigate ways to teach community-based programs in your area---topics like weight control, healthy dietary habits, diabetes maintenance, etc. This will "pump-up" your resume and increase your contacts and networking opportunites for other teaching jobs.

    GET THE WORD OUT---inform other colleagues that you are looking for an adjunct clinical teaching position. You'd be surpirsed how word-of-mouth can eventually land you a job.

    MUCH SUCCESS TO YOU!!!
  6. by   ceecel.dee
    I would worry about your credibility with students if you have no real-life experience, but I appreciate your enthusiasm! Good luck!
  7. by   sistasoul
    Quote from ceecel.dee
    I would worry about your credibility with students if you have no real-life experience, but I appreciate your enthusiasm! Good luck!
    Thank you for your input.

    I am trying to get a job in med-surge right now. Teaching is something I would like to do in a few years. I am in New Hampshire and the new grad jobs are not as plentiful here as in other parts of the country. I have not given up hope though!!

    I want to thank everyone who has replied. I have quite a few options to consider in how to best approach achieving my goal. Step 1- get experience.
    H.
  8. by   AOx1
    Definitely don't give up! This is a wonderful profession. As you gain clinical experience, ask to have students assigned to you. Ask to mentor new grads. Not only will this give you a lot of experience teaching students at this level and allow you to hone your techniques, your employer and supervisors will come to know that you are "student-friendly" and this may help you with future recommendations and references. You never know what will happen...I know several instructors who swore they would never want to teach in a classroom, only as adjunct, and now they are happy full-time faculty members!

    Once you find your teaching position, I would encourage you to find a mentor. Or, consider finding one now. Find a nurse educator you can shadow for a few days at clinicals if possible. This gives you a good picture of what a daily routine would be like, and possibly could give you a "foot in the door." You might also look for a part-time job teaching CNAs in the meantime to give you additional experience. Good luck, you are so needed in this profession!
  9. by   mejsp
    Heather,

    I think your first 4-year degree will help. Only 2 years of nursing experience may be a problem, but that depends on your work experience. One of my students who graduated last year is working trauma in a bigger city. She's seen more in 6 months than I have in my career.

    As far as education I think it depends on the state and the institution. I have a BSN and work as a clinical instructor for ADNs occasionally, but primarily PNs. It is projected that faculty will need an MSN by 2014 and I am in graduate school. I went because I needed the education, not because it is being mandated.

    I am 50 with 4 years LPN experience and 23 years RN experience. I was a little tired of being a staff hospital nurse. A kind mentor said, "Why don't you come teach with us?" I've been at the local community college for a year. I really enjoy it, but was distressed by the lack of orientation. In fact this will be my thesis project developing orientation for adjunct faculty.

    Please think about graduate school. This will improve your employment opportunites. Also attend a graduate school that offers practical advice. I'm at Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. I've precepted with a nursing instructor, and taken classes in curriculum development and test preperation. I will enter the field of education as an advanced begineer instead of a novice, thanks to my grad school. I look forward to this last chapter of my nursing career.
  10. by   BigBadInstructor
    I definitely would not give up the idea of becoming a clinical instructor, heaven knows there aren't enough of us out there now. But as the other educators have indicated, you really need some experience as a nurse first. In my state, out west, you have to have at least 2 years of nursing experience before the board of nursing will allow you to be an instructor. You should do that, but have you thought about educating CNAs in a nursing home setting or acute care setting? A lot of instructors I know have started in that mode, got their nursing experience in either acute or long term care, and taught CNAs as a way to get some education experience. Get that MSN, I do agree that your bachelor's in another field should get you into an accelerated program, and then you can really soar, and go wherever you want to.

    Best of luck!
  11. by   texasbsn
    Hi well I pretty much had the same questions .I am also new grad with 5 months under belt.I do not have A BSN yet ii start class this fall for 1 year BSN program.I did notice openings for adjunt cna instructor,could probely get job as it has not been filled in over year,however I do not think I have enough experience yet here is the plan let me know please what you think.finish BSN prn 1 day weekin LTC,icurrenlty work psy nursing(love it).then after get BSN apply as adjunt CNA instructer and apply TA in NS dept.thanks
  12. by   uma-ar-en-si-mac",)
    guys, i just like to ask if what is the difference between MAN and MSN?! thanks!
  13. by   Ally48
    Some of my colleagues are adjunct instructors now. They told me a Masters degree in a health related field would increase your chances of attaining an adjunct position. Let us know how it works out.
    Last edit by Ally48 on Nov 25, '09 : Reason: typo
  14. by   sallypz
    If you do want to be a Certified Nurse Instructor before you go on for a MSN to teach in a RN program..first check out the requirements your state has to become a CNA instructor...you may be required to take some kind of State Approved training course first. Another avenue is to teach Clinical in an LPN program. Does the Hospital/company you work for have a Staff Education Department? Perhaps you could move into that Department for experience. Research Nursing Educator programs now to see if this really appeals to you. There are also some books asvailable on teaching in the clinical area I would recommend that before you teach in any clinical area you read one of them so that you know how to construct a clinical experience that is a focused, directional learning experience for students for any level of the nursing spectrum.

    spz

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