Become a Nurse Educator

Become a Nurse Educator

Nurse educators play a crucial role in developing the nursing workforce so that we can continue to care for our population. Teaching future
nurses is an exciting and rewarding career in which educators help students learn nursing concepts and develop skills while ultimately enriching the nursing profession.

Nurse educators:
• Are leaders in the profession
• Develop curriculum
• Facilitate professional learning
• Shape the future of nursing
• Can continue clinical practice
• Conduct research
• Make a difference in peoples’ lives
• Are part of something bigger than themselves
• Share their passion about nursing
• Are lifelong learners
• Collaborate with other professionals
• Are part of the solution to the nursing shortage
• Enjoy plentiful job opportunities

Nurse educators have a strong educational background. They value continuing education and are lifelong learners. Nurse educators have qualifications including:

Master’s in Nursing (MSN or MN)
To teach, a nurse educator must be equipped with the education and training needed to provide effective guidance. Nurse educators teaching in programs preparing RNs must hold at least a master’s degree. Those teaching LPNs must hold at least a BSN.

Ph.D. or DNP
Many nurse educators have earned doctoral degrees. Teachers at this level conduct research in the science of nursing and teaching. In addition to research, doctorally prepared faculty teach, advise students and may continue clinical work.

Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)
CNE certification is national recognition of the educator’s competence and achievement in teaching nursing

Click here for a list of approved nursing programs in Washington State to find where you can earn your graduate nursing degree.

Nurse educators play a crucial role in developing the nursing workforce so that we can continue to care for our population. Teaching future
nurses is an exciting and rewarding career in which educators help students learn nursing concepts and develop skills while ultimately enriching the nursing profession.

Nurse educators have diverse opportunities within the field. They can teach at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. Educators have roles like:

Full time faculty member/instructor
Serves as an educator. Interacts with nursing students on a daily basis, designs and evaluates curriculum and guides students through their programs. Often conducts research, participates in professional organizations, writes grants and may continue clinical work.

Adjunct faculty member/instructor
Serves as an educator part time while continuing to serve in the clinical field.

Dean or Director
Leads the nursing program and collaborates with faculty.

Student mentor
While fulfilling instructor roles, nurse educators can also serve as student mentors. They shape the future of nursing by sharing experiences in nursing while also helping students identify their strengths so they can succeed in their nursing program. Educators can fill many roles in a variety of settings, including:
• Four year colleges and universities
• Community and technical colleges
• Hospitals and healthcare organizations