Job Title: Nursing Professor
Type of Company: My college teaches entry level nurses to prepare for a BSN and licensing.
Education: MS, Nursing Science
Previous Experience: I worked as an ICU nurse in the Army for 8 years then an emergency room in three different hospitals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts. I now teach nursing and also work as a nurse on three of the days that I teach.
Job Tasks: I advise students, teach in a clinical simulation center and deliver lectures to students about the critically ill patient. I attend meetings about the curriculum of the nursing program and other programs at the college. I attend recruiting sessions and inform future students about nursing. I work in the hospital side by side with a small clinical group of students supervising them as they learn to care for patients and administer treatments.
On clinical days, I arrive at the hospital an hour before the students and I make out the patient assignments. I then meet the students in a pre-conference. We care for patients in the ICU. I supervise the students as they change dressings, draw blood, and administer medications. We end the day with a post-conference.
At the college, I administer tests and supervise standardized exams.
I frequently take work home as I create new course material and lectures. I also attend educational planning conferences and nursing practice conferences to stay current in my field.
I review and critique books for the students. I assess written papers.
I am on the nursing research committee and several subcommittees at the college. I work on studies that look at educational needs of the students. I also manage an online website for the students with tutorials and self-teaching modules.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is working with students. I get a lot of personal satisfaction form helping students and patients. I like to help them understand complex medical issues and apply it to clinical practice.
The worst is the challenge of the administrative processes and the paper work necessary to make changes. I also do not like taking work home. Sometimes you spend so much time with the students at the college you can not get your administrative work done and you have to complete it at home.
Job Tips: Try teaching first to see if you like it. Do not judge the position in the first year. Use as much borrowed material in the first year until you find your own methodology and make the career transition.
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