Job skills and requirements for a nurse educator
To become a nurse educator in the practice setting, you must be a registered nurse with clinical work experience and a master’s degree. The advanced degree must be a Master of Science in Nursing in certain states. Strong teaching skills are ideal but not necessarily required. Instructors with other strengths, such as observation, listening and patience, may find themselves particularly well suited to this role.
Educators also need to understand and uphold standards in nursing informatics, which is the collection, analysis and protection of patient data. This means staying abreast of advancements in the field of nursing informatics, including any new informatics-related responsibilities nurses might have.
To continually provide high-quality instruction, many nurse educators join the National League for Nursing (NLN). Certification through the NLN gives them access to leadership training, webinars, events and other skill-building programs that can inform their curricula, lessons and instruction methods.
Nurse educator salary and career outlook
Nurse educator careers, like other postsecondary teaching careers, are projected to grow 12% through 2031. This growth rate translates to the addition of an estimated 139,600 postsecondary education jobs per year.
Much of this career growth is driven by the healthcare needs of the aging U.S. population. Nurse educators will be needed in greater numbers to help educate nurses who provide these services.
Several factors impact nurse educator salaries, depending on employer, location, certifications and years of experience.
To grow familiar with nursing informatics — and improve skills in nursing administration and education — many registered nurses obtain a master’s degree in nursing after they complete their undergraduate degree. This secondary degree can be a bonus to employers who may prefer candidates with additional knowledge and further developed skills for the role.
Salary ranges are not specific to students or graduates of University of Phoenix. Actual outcomes vary based on multiple factors, including prior work experience, geographic location and other factors specific to the individual. University of Phoenix does not guarantee employment, salary level or career advancement. BLS data is not geographically based. Information for a specific state/city can be researched on the BLS website.