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Nurse Educator

BSN or MSN or PhD

Nurse Educators work to shape the next generation of nurses. They can teach students studying for an ASN, BSN, and more, or get certified in continuing education and refresher courses. As a Nurse Educator, you can also conduct research, write grant proposals and help maintain clinical standards in the nursing profession.

Things You'll Do:

  • Design, and teach, academic curriculum
  • Evaluate curriculum and revise it
  • Help students identify learning needs

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Managerial
  • Research-oriented

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • Work as a Registered Nurse, getting clinical experience in the specialty you’re interested in teaching, such as cardiology, oncology, pediatrics, psychiatrics, acute care or family health.
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  • Get Your
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Get Your
    Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) (optional)
  • Pass Your
    Certified Nurse Educator Examination from a professional organization like the National League of Nursing
  • Become a
    Nurse Educator

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Colleges and universities
    • Hospitals
    • Continuing education programs

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $57K - $78K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • In 2010, 56% of schools had nurse faculty vacancies.
    • As a Nurse Educator, you can also work as a clinical nurse educator, a staff development officer, a continuing education specialist, and a college dean.

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