Should I or Shouldn't I????

  1. As you know (if you've been following my threads), we have been having our share of challenges at our nursing school. We are short-staffed and have been working at an exhausting clip. Despite the frustrations and occasional heartbreak, I really do love teaching and interacting with the students (and patients during clinicals). I have been at the job for about 1 year now and what a year it has been!!! We lost three old-time faculty members since I began. I had no idea when I started lasted year that this program was going to change so drastically. We now are mostly new faculty. Three of the new faculty, including myself, just have BSN's. (We still need another faculty replacement, which we have been unable to fill--but that's another story.) I really, really wanted to get my Masters and begin this fall (I have been accepted into a totally online Masters Nursing Education program and have signed up for one 3-hour course). Due to the faculty staffing issues, I will be teaching 52 hours in the fall (for those of you who don't know, 52 hours is a LOT of hours). I don't mind helping out and have a good attitude about it. The problem is--I don't see how (with all of the pressures I will be facing) I can possibly do a decent job with the course. I had started taking graduate courses off and on back in 2000 and the school has a 6-year limit. This basically means I have until the year 2006 to complete a Masters program, or I will have to repeat some courses. So, I feel a lot of pressure to begin this fall. I am torn. Any advice?
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   MelRN13
    If your heart tells you to do it, then go for it!

    Does your teaching include classroom and clinical time? If you could do your online courses at anytime, would you have time to work on them between teaching classes?
  4. by   AndyLyn
    So, if I'm reading right, the question is should you take the master's course? Does it look like the teaching load might lighten up for winter semester?
  5. by   VickyRN
    52 hours in addition to clinicals. A lot of the teaching material will be new stuff, lectures I didn't prepare last year (when I was just starting out). I barely have time now for anything other than preparing lectures, clinicals, and grading papers. This is because we're so short-staffed this summer and I was hoping the fall would be better. Can't imagine squeezing anything else in. Too bad there's not 50 hours in a day! Spring semester--rough load and take up with a whole new group of students (freshmen) in their second semester. The material in the spring is the most difficult to learn in the whole program (F&E, ABG's). There's a lot of emotional issues in the spring semester, as some of the students don't make it, no matter how hard you try.
  6. by   nimbex
    Do you have anything to loose by trying a semester? Even if you need to go full time, if it doesn't work out, you'll be closer to the masters if you can go part time in te future.

    just do it and see, you'll always wish you tried is my guess.

    if it doesn't work out.... than you'll know for sure.

    GOOD LUCK!
  7. by   nimbex
    can you get an undergrad to work as an assistant to help???
  8. by   Tweety
    Don't take on more than you can handle, either in the work department or school. Life is too short to be working working working.

    Take it easy. If it means not going to school this semester, don't go.

    Do what is going to allow you rest, play time with loved ones, and time for yourself. Nurturing yourself is more important than work or a degree don't you think?

    Of course, this is from one who took about seven years to get an ADN.
  9. by   VickyRN
    Thank you all for your kind advice and concern. I feel in my heart that taking a course right now is not a good idea (I might totally stress out). Tweety, I especially appreciate your advice--it rings so true. So, I'm going to wait until fall 2004 to start on my masters program. Hopefully, by them, things will have calmed down a bit around here

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