Nurse Educator

Nurse educators act as the bridge between the academics required to become a nurse and actual practice in the field. Anyone with a passion for medical research, an interest in teaching, and a desire to help influence public policies may want to consider a career as a nurse educator. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary of a nurse educator is $73,150, and employment in the field is projected to grow 16% by 2024.

As interest in nursing careers continues to grow throughout the country, institutions are struggling to fill faculty positions with enough educators to meet the demand. Becoming an educator not only places you at the center of the field of medicine, but also broadens your employment opportunities.

What Does a Nurse Educator Do?

Nurse educators prepare students, including both LPNs and RNs, for the transition from school to work. Certified nurse educators have leeway in choosing their specializations as long as they have earned their master’s in nursing and have experience in the field. Some institutions, however, prefer additional education in teaching.

Potential work opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Clinical faculty member
  • Dean of a nursing school
  • Associate dean of a nursing school
  • Professor
  • Public health nurse
  • Administrative nursing staff
  • Specialist in continued education
  • Officer of staff development

A growing number of nursing educators find themselves in a hybrid position, working part-time in a clinical setting and part-time as an educator.

What Does It Take to Become a Nurse Educator?

Skills

Creativity

Nurse educators must be able to answer students’ questions and adapt to shifts in both the healthcare system at large and in the expectations of nurses. Often these changes require creativity on the part of a nurse educator; they must be able to integrate these new demands into pre-existing lesson plans.

Flexibility

The role of a nurse is always changing; certified nurse educators must be flexible by acknowledging changes to the system and sharing this new information with their students. They must be willing to move past former beliefs and practices in favor of new requirements that students will deal with in the workforce.

Variable methods of knowledge conveyance

No two patients are the same, and the same goes for students — what works for one student may not for another. A nurse educator must be able to convey their knowledge in a variety of ways in order to meet the needs of their students.

Advising capability

As an educator, you may be asked questions regarding a student’s studies or their future career. Certified nurse educators are expected to be knowledgeable enough in the field to advise their students toward a path that fits their unique skills.

Knowledge in theories of learning and teaching

Certified nurse educators are not only well-versed in nursing but also, in many cases, in education and the methodologies of teaching. This may include knowledge of how to develop a curriculum, how to evaluate a program, principles for educating adults, and the overarching concepts behind the learning process.

Compassionate

Anyone working in the field of nursing must be compassionate because much of the job revolves around caring for the ill or injured. The role of a nurse educator is no different; not only must you care for your patients, but also for your students.

Nurse Educator Salary Information and Job Outlook

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Nurse Educator: Average Salary by State This map presents average annual salary for the occupation Nurse Educator in each state in the U.S. Average Annual Salary in HI: $71,310 HI Average Annual Salary in AK: $86,070 AK Average Annual Salary in FL: $69,930 FL Average Annual Salary in NH: $67,680 NH Average Annual Salary in MI: $69,590 MI Average Annual Salary in VT: $ VT Average Annual Salary in ME: $74,970 ME Average Annual Salary in RI: $82,150 RI Average Annual Salary in NY: $78,390 NY Average Annual Salary in PA: $67,780 PA Average Annual Salary in NJ: $87,690 NJ Average Annual Salary in DE: $75,970 DE Average Annual Salary in MD: $75,700 MD Average Annual Salary in VA: $59,120 VA Average Annual Salary in WV: $57,020 WV Average Annual Salary in OH: $66,170 OH Average Annual Salary in IN: $66,990 IN Average Annual Salary in IL: $64,160 IL Average Annual Salary in CT: $82,150 CT Average Annual Salary in WI: $68,670 WI Average Annual Salary in NC: $64,120 NC Average Annual Salary in MA: $88,250 MA Average Annual Salary in TN: $62,830 TN Average Annual Salary in AR: $57,680 AR Average Annual Salary in MO: $76,520 MO Average Annual Salary in GA: $63,170 GA Average Annual Salary in SC: $67,370 SC Average Annual Salary in KY: $68,750 KY Average Annual Salary in AL: $59,780 AL Average Annual Salary in LA: $59,040 LA Average Annual Salary in MS: $67,030 MS Average Annual Salary in IA: $63,660 IA Average Annual Salary in MN: $68,780 MN Average Annual Salary in OK: $60,570 OK Average Annual Salary in TX: $63,410 TX Average Annual Salary in NM: $66,650 NM Average Annual Salary in KS: $57,290 KS Average Annual Salary in NE: $66,810 NE Average Annual Salary in SD: $59,040 SD Average Annual Salary in ND: $72,140 ND Average Annual Salary in WY: $62,500 WY Average Annual Salary in MT: $61,140 MT Average Annual Salary in CO: $65,490 CO Average Annual Salary in ID: $54,740 ID Average Annual Salary in UT: $73,190 UT Average Annual Salary in AZ: $71,790 AZ Average Annual Salary in NV: $76,730 NV Average Annual Salary in OR: $79,970 OR Average Annual Salary in WA: $65,040 WA Average Annual Salary in CA: $97,750 CA

  • Median Hourly Wage: N/A
  • Mean Salary: $73,150

Source: Data taken from Payscale and The Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accessed: September 2016.

Nurses are in Demand

2M 3M 4M 2010 2015 2020 2.74 Million Jobs 3.45 Million Jobs
  • 712,000 New Jobs
  • 495,500 Replacement Jobs
  • 10.2 Million by 2020
  • 26% More Nursing Jobs Expected to Be Created between 2010 and 2020

Source: Data taken from The Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accessed: December 2015.

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Online Nurse Educator Programs

An online degree in nurse education is an ideal option if you already have an MSN, are working in the field, and want to further your knowledge and career. Online degrees from accredited universities are becoming increasingly common; degrees hold equal weight to those earned in the traditional classroom.

Certified nurse educators are eligible for a wider net of careers in both clinical and educational fields. By going beyond earning your MSN, you further your chances of landing gainful employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the RN workforce is projected to grow a staggering 19% between 2012 and 2024; on top of this, there will be a dire need for 525,000 replacement nurses due to a flood of retirements. By 2022, there will be a total of over a million nursing roles that will need filling. Even with this increased need for new nurses and nurse educators, having advanced education and training puts you far ahead in the job market.

The following list of online nurse educator programs consists of accredited, nonprofit universities. However, be sure to double check the accreditation and other details of any school you are interested in. Online programs often have state residence requirements and license restrictions.

Quick Glance: Online Nurse Educator Programs

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Nurse Educator Programs

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