You gave me some good insight.
Now for the job situation. I can get a job anywhere – the need for nursing faculty is dire right now. In fact, this is the root cause of the national nursing shortage. Tens of thousands of qualified applicants to nursing programs are turned away due to lack of instructors.
But John needs to stay here for at least 4 more years until he retires and I don’t want to be parted from him right now. We’ve lived and worked in different cities before in our 28-year marriage and it was doable but I’m just not in the mood to be away from him right now. Plus there is the expense of maintaining 2 households were I to relocate. I estimate that I would have to earn at least 20 grand more to make up the difference.
There is a faculty opening at Troy State - a nearby graduate program - that I have applied for. I’m waiting to hear back about an interview date. It’s a 9-month position so I would have summers off! That possibility is very attractive to me and you can guess why - I could buy whatever rig I wanted and just take off in May for several months.
The other option I’m looking into is online instruction. Online learning is very big right now in graduate nursing education. I have all the qualifications and feel confident I could get any position I wanted in that world too. Again, the advantage to this would be obvious to all of you - I could work from the road! Downside: the pay is not that great. However, it would be enough to finance one heck of a road trip. I could do it for a year and, if it doesn’t work out, all I’ve lost is the RV depreciation.
Gee, now that I’ve written it all out I feel good about the prospects. Fortunately I don’t have to be in any particular hurry to make a decision about work. I agreed to teach my courses this summer (though now I wish I had asked for combat pay). The housing situation is more pressing than the job situation.
Anyway, I’m starting to see that losing my job is not the end of the world – something I wouldn’t have believed 7 weeks ago. I’m grateful that my perspective has returned intact. And also feel fortunate that I have so many good options when some folks have few or none.
As usual, I welcome any and all input!