I am an LPN and now I want my bachelors in early education in your opinion is this a good choice?

Through my career I have met several special needs kids these kids need teaching and I feel compelled to become a teacher. At this moment I am beginning a career as a nurse for a school for the deaf. If it was your kid would you feel better that the teacher is a nurse as well?

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  1. Laura, yeah. says:

    you should do whatever you want.
    i mean the nursing field is better than education these days..all health care for that matter..especailly in the next 10-20 years. but if you want go ahead.
    i was going to say you should go teach a class in a nursing program but i guess that isnt exactly early education.
    and yeah i would feel good knowing that my kids teacher was a nurse..even though i dont have a kid.

  2. johnny_100pesos says:

    Actually, teachers make more than nurses, both work in the public benefit (most anyways), and with both degrees, you can be very valuable and helpful to some school, not to mention to some students.

  3. Clays mom says:

    yes it would be nice to know that my sons teacher was a nurse but I have to tell you I am getting my degree in Education and sorta wish I had the stomach for nursing…. wayyyyyy more money!!!!

  4. Maybe, but there seems to be a much greater need for nurses these days than for teachers, so the only way I would make that change is if I really was not cut out to be a nurse.

  5. joseph t says:

    That’s a great choice. We need more compassionate people…professionals in our schools…especially here in NYC.

    Good luck in your endeavors.
    Take care.

  6. cryptotich says:

    I will give you this advice.. My mother was an RN for 14 years. She decided to go back to school at the age of 42. She got her masters, and she is now a Nurse Practitioner. She is 52 now. She loves her job. My advice is to keep on going.

  7. Franklin says:

    I think it’s a good combination. As a teacher working with young kids the LPN,though not needed, would look good on a resume. It would be good on parent teacher’s night, because the LPN shows a true concern towards children. I don’t know the school your going to, but see if a special ed degree might not be better. There are pros and cons both ways so there is not enough information here to go one way or the other. The big thing is you have put yourself in a position were there are many options. Also your supervisor or fellow workers may be able to give you hints on what would be best for the school. Lots of choices and decisions, but better than having no choices. Good Luck.

  8. musicimprovedme says:

    I think this would make you extremely valuable, and would enrich your experience and marketability a great deal. If I had a special needs child I would very much appreciate you as their teacher, to answer your question.

    Special ed kids very often have physical health problems.

    However a couple things to consider:

    You probably will be turned down for at least a few positions on the grounds of being OVERqualified…it gives the impression that you are moving onward and upward and have “settled” on the job in question, not to stay long…it sometimes takes a lot of convincing to prove you will be a long term hire. This happens whenever you have more education than what is needed for the job in question. They assume you are looking for “a real job”.

    The other thing to consider is that while this might open the options a lot, you may not encounter a position where you are expected to be a teacher/nurse. I would think the options are teacher OR nurse and if job market is faltering in your area for either profession, you have the other to fall back on. This would also give you a second option if you burn out on one field, you can refresh yourself by doing the other for a while.

    Something to consider after you have the training you want is to talk yourself up to places like St Judes Hospital, or other childrens hospitals where kids may be there so long, they would benefit from having a teacher on the staff. Maybe you can “home school” while they are in the hospital, and when they return to their own schools, they haven’t lost as much ground. You may be able to get hired as a nurse, and work extra as a tutor or teacher and get an extra stipend, same as a teacher with a coaching endorsement gets paid more. In such a case, you would have to create the job for yourself, and sell it independent of what is currently in place at whatever institution is considering you…and this usually means you go to work for them on their terms, build your rapport with your administration, and then talk to them about how your abilities aren’t being fully tapped, and tell them what you have in mind.

    You also might look into NANNY placement services, and register yourself and maybe a single family would hire you to help their child with both health and education related needs.

  9. where_is_my_shadow says:

    i wonder if there are any schools in your area that have a school nurse but if you feel like the Lord is leading you to help children dont fight him and just do it he will work it all out in the end

  10. ~ScrabbleGirl~ says:

    I think it is a good choice since you have a genuine interest in helping children. Being an LPN can be a rewarding career as well, but you can’t always make the differences you want to make in one career. Good luck and hope you make a difference in these children’s lives!