A Career as a Nurse Educator

Nursing is a profession within the healthcare field concerned with the defence and optimization of people’s health, the avoidance of ill health and injury, the ease of suffering due to various treatments, and support for the care of individuals. Nursing educators are knowledgeable and skilled professionals who instruct nursing students in an accredited nursing education institution. Nurse educators are themselves registered nurses (RNs) and may continue to work as an RN while fulfilling their teaching duties. Nursing educators’ responsibilities include preparing lecture material to present in class; assessing and monitoring students’ progress; administering tests, assignments, and final exams; planning lessons and developing a course syllabus; working with individual students when they are having trouble with the course material; educating students in nursing practices, theories, principles, and concepts; and conducting research in the nursing field.

In order to acquire a professional position as a nurse educator, students must first become an RN by completing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. During this four-year degree, students are educated in subject areas such as anatomy, physiology, biology, pathology, illness and disease, nursing theory, and epidemiology. Upon completion of this undergraduate degree program, students must become registered by passing the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination) which gauges the nursing students’ knowledge and skills in the nursing field. At this point, nursing students may decide to gain hands-on experience by working professionally as an RN or continue onto a master’s degree program in nurse education. This two-year degree prepares nursing students to become leaders in the healthcare industry. Courses taught during this program include advanced nursing theory, patient diagnosis, clinical nursing, patient management, pediatric nursing, and health assessment.

In addition to the education, registration, and work experience requirements with regards to a career as a nurse educator, individuals must encompass certain skills and personality traits which are essential for success in this profession. Nurse educators must have passion for what they do and have a desire to educate others. They must be empathetic and compassionate when working with patients as well as have exceptional interpersonal skills when interacting with fellow students. Nurse educators must have positive leadership skills. They must have the ability to motivate and encourage their students and always lead by example. Effective speaking and writing skills are extremely important.

Those who encompass these skills and qualities mentioned above, excel in the bachelor’s degree and master’s degree program in nursing education, pass the NCLEX-RN, and have a passion to work with patients as well as nursing students will no doubt be successful in this challenging, important, and rewarding field.

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Helen Immelstadt

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About The Author: Helen Immelstadt has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She has worked in the psychology and medical field for over 27 years and has an extensive background in writing. She is currently working as a freelance writer while also writing her book about online psychology programs.

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