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?