After several years of being an RN, one would think what is in store for the future. Are there other careers that one can consider if one needs a change of career path other than being an RN? It is not about leaving the nursing profession entirely it is just that one has to find an option to further the career or maybe some change in the environment is needed to recharge or find the right perspective.
If a person is thinking of leaving the nursing profession one can think of pursuing a great career as an RN educator. Of course not everyone will be suited for this kind of undertaking, there are certain traits that one must have in order to succeed in this path.
Just like in any undertaking or goal, one has to have passion. Passion is synonymous to dedication. This means that the nurse educator is committed to teaching new nurses to achieve their goal and staying with them until the end of the course. Passion also means to convey to these new students how important their calling is and it is not just a job but a profession that they should be proud to do even when the going gets tough.
An RN educator is a teacher that has to show patience to the student as well as herself. It is not an overnight success; one has to experience difficulties with the students as well as the transition of working in a hospital to being an educator. There will be hardships ahead but it will be easier to bear if one practices patience and endurance.
Dedication is about giving your all to the learning and teaching aspect of it all. One has to learn new things even if you have a number of years being an RN. Remember that being a nurse is different from being a nurse educator. You also have to be dedicated in teaching the nurse students all you know to prepare them for what lies ahead. You will encounter students who will struggle and because of the dedication that you will shower upon them, you will help them conquer the weaknesses and help them succeed to be great nurses in the future.
Nurse educators are still a growing profession. Hopefully, in the future the nurses will realize that this is a viable path to take because they can contribute well to the success of the nurse students.