dcsimg

Opportunities for Nurse Educators

Home > Opportunities for Nurse Educators
Earning a nursing degree online

With a record number of nearly 50,000 qualified applicants turned away by nursing programs in 2008, the need for nurse educators is dramatically illustrated. The most prominent reason given by nursing institutions for having to turn away qualified applicants is the lack of qualified nurse educators.

Although some LP/VN programs have begun to accept qualified BSN prepared nurses as educators, the preferred minimal education is an MSN. At the university level a PhD is commonly required.

Nurse educators combine their clinical and academic skills with an intense desire to teach. With today’s growing demands for nurse educators, there is a good demand for those who qualify for at least the next decade as they mentor and equip the next generation of nurses for the workforce.

Nurses are said to be the backbone of the healthcare system. Nurse educators help to mold student nurses into the strong, confident, skilled nurses who are likely to carry this healthcare system into the future.

They will likely work with high school graduates along side older individuals seeking a second career as nurses. They will likely help foreign trained nurses adapt to the American system of health care delivery. And they may help nurses advance their education and training to become the specialists, researchers, leaders and even nurse educators themselves.

Nursing is a lifelong learning experience. Nurses who choose to help others to begin or advance their careers are skilled, educated and passionate individuals who enjoy helping others achieve their goals to become excellent clinicians. Nurses are all educators as patient education is an important part of the clinician’s experience.

Nurse educators need to have a solid clinical background and possess excellent critical thinking skills. They need to be great communicators (including having strong listening skills). They must also be flexible and creative as well as committed to excel at teaching.

Clinical courses include such specialty areas as acute care, pediatrics, women’s health, oncology, psych/mental health, home health care, cardiology and family health. Nurse educators usually teach clinical courses within their own clinical specialty.

They must also be involved in the planning and development of curriculum, outcomes assessment, and advisement or guidance of their students. They need to be able to assess the learning needs of their students and develop innovate approaches to teaching and assisting students from many backgrounds and cultures to become qualified nurses.

Nurse educators need to have strong knowledge of nursing theories, teaching and learning theories and how to evaluate students. They need to possess the ability to bring the theories to life and teach students how to incorporate these ideas into their clinical skills.

Salaries for nurse educators vary depending on their education, experience, location, specialty, and qualifications. Some work full time and others work part time. They typically work nine months each year and have the option to teach in summer programs. The median salary in 2008 was $71,297, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with the majority earning salaries ranging from $84,000 to $115,000.

The downside is that many institutions don’t hire nurse educators full time and the nurses feel they can might be able to make more working as clinicians. But the flexibility of schedules, the intellectual stimulation and fact that their work day is fairly constant is often times a big trade off.

The National League for Nursing offers a certificate program for nurse educators to help to establish and maintain a high standard of nursing education. MSN programs specific to preparing nurses to become nurse educators are available. Many BSN to PhD are now available across the U.S. for nurses looking for accelerated programs to become nurse educators. Scholarships and financial aid programs specifically geared for nurse educators are growing in numbers.

By Kathy Quan RN, BSN, PHN, contributing author for RNdegrees.net. Kathy is the author of The Everything, New Nurse Book and the owner/author of TheNursingSite.com.


Matching School Ads
Grand Canyon University
Online

Why earn your degree at Grand Canyon University? GCU is a regionally accredited university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more. Apply today!

Visit GCU.edu

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Phoenix
  • Phoenix
Hide Locations [-]
South University, Online Programs
Online

Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

Visit www.southuniversity.edu

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Savannah
  • Savannah
Hide Locations [-]
California University of Pennsylvania
Online

Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • California
  • California
Hide Locations [-]
Liberty University
Online

100% Online & No Standardized Testing

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Lynchburg
  • Lynchburg
Hide Locations [-]
Argosy University, Online Programs
Online

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges.

Visit www.argosy.edu

Programs:
Ohio University - Online
Online

Ohio University has offered distance learning educational opportunities for more than 100 years.

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Athens
  • Athens
Hide Locations [-]
Bradley University
Online

Established in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent institution of higher learning in Peoria, Illinois. Inspired by our founder, notable philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, we pursue excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service; and we celebrate leadership, integrity, diversity and collaborative learning.

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Peoria
  • Peoria
Hide Locations [-]
Northcentral University
Online

  • Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally relevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university.

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • San Diego
  • San Diego
Hide Locations [-]
Unitek College
Campus

Unitek College – About Us

Unitek College™ is a privately held vocational school dedicated to helping you gain the skills needed to advance your career or begin a brand new career. 

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • South San Francisco
  • South San Francisco
Hide Locations [-]
Benedictine University
Online

Founded in 1887, Benedictine University is dedicated to the education of undergraduate and graduate students. Benedictine is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Lisle
  • Lisle
Hide Locations [-]
Matching School Ads



Advertisement
About Us  |  FAQS  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy |  Sitemap |  Terms of Service
© 2006 - 2018 QuinStreet, Inc.