I’d be happy to teach nursing, like many nurses, but the time and expense make it hard to justify to my family. Even if the education involved were free, all that lost time IS an expense. It’s especially hard to justify losing lots of money in order to reduce my income and job security. We have no pensions: personally, I’m nearing 50 and I can’t afford to throw away so much money for a cause. I’ve done adjunct teaching at multiple colleges over the years. It was fun! It involved greatly disrupting my regular work for jobs with little or no training that can disappear with little notice. Talk about a labor of love!
We hear about the nursing teacher shortage all the time. Lots and lots of talk, for many years now. The shortage is a rational response by nurses to low priority the nursing profession puts on teaching. All the words don’t pay bills. At present, it costs vastly more time and money to become a teacher than a practicing nurse, and it’s less lucrative. Nursing thus tacitly discourages nurses from teaching, then wrings its hands when too few sign up, as if it’s some sort of mystery. Nurses are problem solvers: we can get anything done when we set our minds to it. To date, nursing has decided not to get this job done. If nursing wants teachers, and employers want to head off a looming shortage, something must change and soon:
What do you think? What would make teaching an option you’d consider?