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Recent problems have made me question whether or not I want to stay in nursing. I'd love to teach. What are my options?

Tuesday January 29, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I’ve had some problems with nurse managers that caused me to question whether or not I will continue in nursing, a career that I love. I read Jennifer Chaikin’s article on the call to lead and it was so poignant. I would love to teach, but I am struggling financially to complete my BSN and am unsure as to when I could complete an MSN. What are my options?

Looking for options

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Looking for options,

Challenging people exist in every profession and every work setting. So leaving nursing is certainly not a solution. Finding the right workplace or type of work, and working on your own assertiveness skills and self-confidence are important. Read “Becoming more assertive one step at a time” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Become-More-Assertive) and “Seven strategies for managing conflict” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Seven-Strategies).

As Jennifer Chaikin states in her blog post, “Nurses: Respond to the call to lead” (http://blog.Nurse.com/tag/jennifer-chaikin-rn/), you can make a difference by becoming the type of leader that will move nursing in the direction it needs to go. There is a saying that goes, “If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.” Also read “Gearing up for management” (www.News.Nurse.com/Article/20120426/DD01/304260002).

Regarding your education, where there is a will there always is a way. Start by reading “Master the scholarship game” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Scholarship-Game). There is plenty of money available for those who go after it.

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.