Job Offer Question

  1. So I've practically been offered this job as an Education Coordinator for a new hospital system near my house. It's actually in a different city/county, but since I live on the border it's not that bad of a commute; closer actually.

    The weird thing is the the Director, my boss, is actually a professor in my Master's program and would be teaching qualitative design next semester, and most likely would be on my thesis committee and....

    and...not sure how I feel about working for my professor. Does anyone have any thoughts about this? Gut reactions?
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   renerian
    I would take it and I think it is a fun job. I did education in home health and loved it!

    renerian
  4. by   Stargazer
    Do you know this person at all well? If not, what's your gut feeling about her? Have you talked to her about this? Does she feel it would be a conflict?
  5. by   hoolahan
    I'd say it's an easy A!

    Is this b/c of weirdness? Like she may mention something about one of your paper's to you while at work, or you are afraid you would ask for her guidance on a school project at work? like the lines would be blurred? If she doesn't have a problem with it, I wouldn't worry about it too much if you really want the job.

    Is there any academic policy about this at your school? I honestly can't think why it would be a conflict of any sort. Your job is not about qualitative design or research.

    Agree, what was your gut reaction??
  6. by   Q.
    Originally posted by Stargazer
    Do you know this person at all well? If not, what's your gut feeling about her? Have you talked to her about this? Does she feel it would be a conflict?
    No, I don't, this is the first time I met her. She's also buddy-buddy with my my MSN Advisor, who is listed as one of my references.
    She seems nice, even commented that if I was the only one enrolled in the class we could conduct class at work - so it seems to me she didn't think it would be a conflict.

    My gut tells me that I would've been happier if she used to teach at the University or if she taught at the BSN level or something. I like that she's intimately familiar with my program but....

  7. by   emily_mom
    I think it's a great idea! If she is professional enough, she won't mention anything about school to you at work and vice versa. Plus, you'll be on her good side (hopefully!)

    Congrats!

    Kristy
  8. by   llg
    In many science disciplines, it is not only standard practice, but virtually required that grad students work in the labs of their professors as research assistants, teaching assistants, etc. If you think about it in these terms, then it might help you feel more comfortable with the arrangement. It can be a great boost to a person's career to have the teacher/supervisor/mentor interaction. It can provide a big career advantage.

    However, as you are certainly thinking ... if the relationship is not a good one and there are problems, those problems can be magnified. So, it's really a matter of taking a risk for a big potential gain ... but knowing that the risk is real.

    I worked in the research lab as a research & teaching assistant during my doctoral program, but did not report to anyone who taught one of my classes. I did work with the faculty, though on a lot of projects. It paid off for me when I needed a last-minute substitution on my dissertation committee. My boss in the research lab was willing to step in and serve as the 5th member.

    I say ... "If you feel good about the person, the job, and the relationship, go for it. It could be a wonderful thing." However, you will have to be very careful with the relationship and be prepared to deal with any little problems professionally so that they don't become big ones. If you don't feel good about the person, job, etc. then you might not want to take the risk -- but me, I'd probably do it unless I had a reason NOT to.

    Good luck,
    llg
  9. by   Stargazer
    The one big risk, as you know, is that if you have any conflict with her either work-wise or academically, it's probably going to spill over into the other part. But that's not gonna happen, right?

    The plus side is that if you were really busy or stressed out at school, she might be inclined to cut you a teeny bit of slack at work, or vice versa. Or at least be flexible about times and so forth.

    Would you feel comfortable talking to your MSN advisor about it? Or anyone else at school? Even if they're friends/colleagues of this woman, someone ought to be able to understand that you feel apprehensive about possible conflicts (and putting all your eggs in one basket, as it were) and give you some reassurance.

    I don't think there's a right or wrong answer here. You're probably going to have to make a judgement call. If you are getting a good vibe from this woman and she seems friendly and flexible, I'd say take it.
  10. by   Q.
    Thanks for the replies and llg, thanks for the comparison. That kind of puts it into perspective.

    I have to go back for a second interview with the other Education Coordinators. So I still have time to decide. The Education Department in this facility is new so it's a little bumpy, but the facility seems committed to nursing education (they even got brand new office space in the new "Women's Pavillion", with classrooms attached, etc).

    Oh, and for those of you who may be wondering what happened to the Kohl's job - well, they decided not to hire a nurse and now the job title is Wellness Manager and Benefits Coordinator. NOW they want a BS in anything and HR experience. Go figure.
  11. by   delirium
    Susy,
    In order to formulate my opinion on your situation, I need to know this:

    Are you sleeping with this woman?

    If yes, could you describe her preferences in footwear?

    Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
  12. by   baseline
    Originally posted by delirium
    Susy,
    In order to formulate my opinion on your situation, I need to know this:

    Are you sleeping with this woman?

    If yes, could you describe her preferences in footwear?

    Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
  13. by   renerian
    OMG I split a gut on that one!!!!!!!!


    renerian:chuckle :chuckle :chuckle
  14. by   sunnygirl272
    and can she make PC sammiches...
    isnt that your other criteria, reb????

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