Nurse Educators

What it Takes to be a Nurse Educator

Nurse educators are registered nurses who are also educated as teachers. Most work as nurses for a period of time before dedicating their careers (part-time or full-time) to educating future nurses. They may teach students studying for an ASN, BSN, or other nursing degree, or get certified in continuing education and refresher courses. Most nurse educators have extensive clinical experience, and many continue caring for patients after becoming educators. Even if they no longer practice as nurses, nurse educators must still remain up-to-date on the latest developments in the nursing field.  Nurse educators may also conduct research and write grant proposals.

Preparation Path

  • EARN YOUR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • GAIN EXPERIENCE IN THE SPECIALTY AREAS IN WHICH YOU ARE INTERESTED
  • EARN YOU MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
  • EARN YOUR DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN NURSING (OPTIONAL)
  • PASS YOUR CERTIFIED NURSE EDUCATOR EXAM

 

$55,000-$75,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Serving as faculty members in nursing schools and teaching hospitals
  • Sharing knowledge and skills to prepare the next generation of nurses for effective practice
  • Developing lesson plans, teaching courses, evaluating educational programs
  • Helping students identify learning needs

Education Requirements

BSN, MSN, or PhD

Employment Settings

  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitals
  • Continuing education programs

Certification

RN, Certified Nurse Educator