If you’re a nurse looking to get into teaching, you’re not alone. Hundreds of nurses every year are deciding to shift careers and become teachers. For many of them, teaching is the chance they’re looking for to give back to the industry and play a hand in inspiring the next generation of medical professionals.
Starting a new position as a teacher is never easy, especially when transitioning to a busy classroom setting as a CTE health science instructor. While you may be used to long hours working under pressure in a clinical environment, teaching brings with it a different kind of stress.
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It’s daunting deciding whether to switch from the healthcare industry to teaching health science full time. Though you have a strong passion for what you do and want to help raise the next generation of healthcare professionals, teaching is an entirely different job with its own unique set of challenges. And if you approach it without doing your research, you might find it isn’t the right fit for you.
We’ve all seen it: the bored expressions, the glazed-over eyes, the constant peeking at phones. Even if your business education course has excellent material, it can be challenging to keep your students engaged in class. And if students aren’t engaging with the course, can it really be said they’re learning?
Being a first-year teacher is uncomfortable. Sometimes it’s scary. And every once in a while, it can be terrifying.
Managing email is one of the biggest challenges facing today’s teachers. There’s no limit to how much email you can get, there’s no timeframe for when you get it, and it always feels like you have to reply right away. When you already have a full course load with hundreds of students to teach, lessons to plan, and work to grade — how can you possibly take care of your email as well?