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Nurse Educator Career Outlook

Nurse Educator Career Outlook

Meet a growing need for effective mentors and teachers.

Training the next generation of nurses is a rewarding career choice that also offers a wide variety of settings and flexible work schedules. Unlike clinical nurses, nurse educators typically do not have to work 12-hour or overnight shifts, and may work according to a nine-month academic calendar. They may also spend time researching topics related to health care and nursing, adding to the scientific foundation of nursing practice.

Many nursing educator’s responsibilities relate directly to teaching in the areas of their clinical expertise: creating lesson plans, giving lectures, grading papers and tests, assessing learning outcomes, and advising students. They may also write grant proposals, speak and present at academic conferences, and engage in peer review on academic committees or for nursing journals.

Nursing Education Employers and Compensation

Roles can range from adjunct (part-time) to full-time faculty positions at colleges or universities, as well as higher-level positions such as dean of a college of nursing. Hospitals, health care networks, and other organizations or facilities may also hire nurse educators to provide clinical education and ongoing professional development and training. Potential settings include:

  • Hospital-based schools of nursing
  • Technical colleges
  • Public and community health agencies
  • Home care agencies
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Online nursing programs at colleges and universities

The average nurse educator salary (at the assistant professor level) is $78,242, but pay varies widely according to clinical and teaching experience as well as setting and administrative responsibilities.1

Demand for Nurse Educators

In 2013, nursing schools had to refuse almost 80,000 qualified applicants last year due mainly to a shortage of nurse educators to teach them. In addition, the field is expecting a wave of faculty retirements over the next decade, adding to the problem.2 Help fill the need for skilled nurse educators and experience the reward of passing on your hard-won knowledge to the next generation of nurses.

The Nursing Education specialization of Sacred Heart’s online Master of Science in Nursing program will prepare you to meet the demand for qualified nurse educators and will ultimately benefit other nurses and patients.

Request more information about the specialization and other nursing degrees at SHU, or call 877-791-7181 to speak with an admissions adviser.

1Nurse Educator overview, http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/Career/150/Nurse_Educator, accessed Sept. 23, 2014

2Nursing Faculty Shortage, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, updated August 28, 2014, http://www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/fact-sheets/nursing-faculty-shortage