What does a Nurse Educator do?
Nurse educators teach and mentor current and future nurses. They may work in classrooms, as well as in clinical settings. Their responsibilities may include designing educational programs and curricula, providing training to aspiring nurses or licensed staff, and evaluating research to continuously improve clinical practice.
Nurse educators must have a license as a registered nurse (RN), and they usually have several years of experience working as an RN. Most employers require a graduate degree such as a Master of Science in Nursing or even a doctoral degree for nurse educator positions. Some nurse educators also have a nurse educator certification. Nurse educators usually have a passion for lifelong learning and development, and they need excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Design and continuously improve and adapt curriculum depending on educational needs
- Teach courses and provide training to licensed and unlicensed nurses
- Develop lesson plans
- Incorporate evidence-based research into educational plans, patient treatment plans, and nursing practices
- Serve as a mentor to nurses, and identify growth opportunities and educational needs for practicing nurses
- Promote critical thinking among nurses, and show commitment to professional development and lifelong learning
- Maintain current knowledge of trends in area of expertise
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) required. Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or PhD preferred.
- Must possess current valid license as a registered nurse in the state of practice
- Nurse educator certification preferred
- 2-5 years experience working as a registered nurse in a clinical setting
- Previous experience in a teaching setting preferred
- Must possess valid basic life support (BLS) certification
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Exceptional interpersonal skills
Nurse Educator Salaries
Average Base Pay
Nurse Educator Career Path
Learn how to become a Nurse Educator, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Years of Experience Distribution
Nurse Educator Insights
“Not much benefits and I volunteered for the job because I love to share my knowledge.”
“My boss and coworkers are great to work with.”
“great people to work with in the practice I was in”
“Persue in PhD is gives an opportunity in career growth”
“Great place to work with good teamwork”
“Great people to work with”
“Required good salary scale for qualified nurses”
“Nice people to work with”
Nurse Educator Interviews
Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Nurse Educator
When working as a Nurse Educator, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Teaching Experience, CPR, Leadership, BLS Certification and Collaboration.
- Home Health Nurse
- Licensed Practical Nurse
- Clinical Nurse
- Nurse Manager
The most common qualifications to become a Nurse Educator is a minimum of a Graduate Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.