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Should I pursue advanced training as an educator?

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amzyRN specializes in ED, Cardiac-step down, tele, med surg.

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I have been a nurse for almost 8 years, the last 3 in the ER. I was contemplating going on to get my NP license, but have heard mixed things about it, like struggling to find a job or taking a pay cut. So I am considering education. The primary reason I am considering moving away from bedside nursing is that I have had some significant back issues that I don't want to get worse over time. 

How is the salary in CA, specifically the bay area? What kind of education do you need to become a clinical instructor and a lecturer? I presume I would need my masters for both. Thank you

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The salaries for community college instructors are posted on the schools' websites, as well as minimum requirements.  The pay is significantly lower & MSN is required. 

If you are interested in education I recommend looking into nursing education in the hospital, as the pay will be similar to working on the floor.  Where I worked BSN was required for that position, but MSN was preferred. 

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RosesrReder has 16 years experience as a ASN, BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in NICU/PICU/OR.

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You can teach online as well at the BSN level.  You have options but will more than likely take a pay cut.  Good luck

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Megan1977 has 37 years experience as a MSN, EdD, RN and specializes in Medical policy: nurse educator: case mgt.

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On 2/7/2020 at 1:49 PM, amzyRN said:

I have been a nurse for almost 8 years, the last 3 in the ER. I was contemplating going on to get my NP license, but have heard mixed things about it, like struggling to find a job or taking a pay cut. So I am considering education. The primary reason I am considering moving away from bedside nursing is that I have had some significant back issues that I don't want to get worse over time. 

How is the salary in CA, specifically the bay area? What kind of education do you need to become a clinical instructor and a lecturer? I presume I would need my masters for both. Thank you

I am faculty here in California and I took a significant pay cut to teach. I work a per diem gig on the weekend to make up the difference. 

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Nurse SMS has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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Education isn't known for its pay. Quite the opposite. If money is your motivating factor you may wish to look again at NP, but avoid FNP. Go for ACNP or Pysch NP or some other high demand specialty.

 

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