As an “older” student, I want to be able to transfer my knowledge and experience to new nursing students.   I am an RN with a BSN and have been accepted into the American Sentinel University MSN Nurse Educator program.   As of May 19, I will be enrolled.   For the past 48 years I have been working as an RN in ICU, CCU, Home Health, Hospice, Documentation, Training and more. The roles I have held include Supervisor, Manager and Assistant Director as well as Program Manager.  
My first exposure to teaching students came early in my career while I was working as a critical-care nurse. As a preceptor on a clinical unit, I provided both students and new employees with exposure to nursing theory and science applications in real health care settings. Students looked to me as a teacher and mentor to guide them as they took their initial steps toward becoming confident and highly competent health care providers. From the beginning, I was hooked. I was chosen by my hospital for one year to mentor 2nd year nursing students from a local community college. Again, the satisfaction of seeing growth and energy from the students was awesome.
I have been given the opportunity the past 2 years to be a part-time adjunct faculty member at a 2   RN program and a   4 year BSN college.   The latter has opened my eyes to the need for me to move on to get the advance degree.   As much as I enjoy what I am doing, I want to be able to have more influence with students and cannot do that without an MSN.
Being able to play such a vital role in the education of students is something that I have wanted to do for years.   I entered the field of nursing because I wanted to make a real difference; having a MSN degree will truly help me to achieve that goal.  
In addition: “Nurse educators are in great demand. Despite the current nursing shortage, schools of nursing are turning qualified applicants away because there simply aren’t enough teachers to handle additional students. According to the AACN,...