Nurse Educators

Find Out What It Takes to Become a Nurse Educator

Nurse educators are registered nurses who are also educated as teachers. Most work as nurses before dedicating their careers to educating future nurses. Some nurse educators may teach students in BSN or other nursing degree programs, while others achieve certification to teach continuing education and refresher courses.

Preparation Path

  • Earn a BSN
  • Pass the NCLEX and become an RN
  • Gain experience in the specialty areas in which you are interested
  • Earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree
  • Earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree (optional)
  • Pass the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam DOCTOR

Annual Salary Range
$83,378 – 111,369

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, and evaluating educational programs
  • Helping students identify learning needs

Employment Settings

  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitals
  • Continuing education programs


RN, Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)

Education Requirements

BSN, MSN, or PhD

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