Nurse educators teach medical information and train future nurses at colleges, universities, and teaching hospitals. They play an important role in the future of nursing professionals, offering their clinical expertise and helping students gain practical experience.
The nurse educator is creates and delivers the educational program used in nursing schools, including formal programs that lead to degrees, or informal programs that provide continued or specialized education. They may work in a college or formal nursing school, or they may work at a health care facility as staff development educators. Some nurse educators teach recent high school graduates who are in the early stages of their nursing studies. Others teach nurses who are pursuing advanced degrees or knowledge and skills that are specific to one part of medicine. Some work for online nursing schools. At times, nurse educators may find themselves participating in a variety of other tasks, such as speaking at nursing conferences or writing proposals for educational grants.
A nurse educator must be a registered nurse with a minimum of a master’s degree. Many schools prefer that nurses with doctorate degrees fill these RN jobs, so that the instruction that is offered to students is of the highest caliber.
The salary for nurse educators varies greatly, but deans of nursing schools can earn more than $100,000 per year. Many nurse educators find their jobs to be highly rewarding as they have the opportunity to develop and influence future nurses and to watch them increase their personal skills and confidence.