What does a Nurse Educator do?

Nurse educators teach and mentor current and future nurses. They may work in classrooms, as well as in clinical settings. Their responsibilities may include designing educational programs and curricula, providing training to aspiring nurses or licensed staff, and evaluating research to continuously improve clinical practice.

Nurse educators must have a license as a registered nurse (RN), and they usually have several years of experience working as an RN. Most employers require a graduate degree such as a Master of Science in Nursing or even a doctoral degree for nurse educator positions. Some nurse educators also have a nurse educator certification. Nurse educators usually have a passion for lifelong learning and development, and they need excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

What responsibilities are common for Nurse Educator jobs?
  • Design and continuously improve and adapt curriculum depending on educational needs
  • Teach courses and provide training to licensed and unlicensed nurses
  • Develop lesson plans
  • Incorporate evidence-based research into educational plans, patient treatment plans, and nursing practices
  • Serve as a mentor to nurses, and identify growth opportunities and educational needs for practicing nurses
  • Promote critical thinking among nurses, and show commitment to professional development and lifelong learning
  • Maintain current knowledge of trends in area of expertise
What are the typical qualifications for Nurse Educator jobs?
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) required. Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or PhD preferred.
  • Must possess current valid license as a registered nurse in the state of practice
  • Nurse educator certification preferred
  • 2-5 years experience working as a registered nurse in a clinical setting
  • Previous experience in a teaching setting preferred
  • Must possess valid basic life support (BLS) certification
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Nurse Educator make?

Confident
$109,869 /yr
Total Pay
$88,985
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$20,884
 /yr

Additional Pay

$109,869

 / yr
$61K$339K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Nurse Educator Career Path

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L2
Nurse Educator
$109,869/yr
L3
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
14%
2 - 4
66%
5 - 7
6%
8+
14%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Nurse Educator Insights

Read what Nurse Educator professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
SUNYSUNY
Clinical Nurse Educator
Aug 17, 2021

“Not much benefits and I volunteered for the job because I love to share my knowledge.”

Renown HealthRenown Health
Clinical Nurse Educator
Apr 21, 2020

“In my 30 years as a nurse Renown is the best hospital I have ever work for.”

AccentCareAccentCare
Clinical Nurse Educator
May 5, 2020

“All the other benefits are good and I have elected them.”

AetnaAetna
Nurse Educator
Oct 12, 2021

“My boss and coworkers are great to work with.”

Nuclear Care PartnersNuclear Care Partners
RN Clinical Educator
Mar 31, 2020

“I've been given numerous opportunities to learn and to grow.”

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCareTallahassee Memorial HealthCare
RN Educator
Aug 19, 2020

“great people to work with in the practice I was in”

King Fahad Specialist HospitalKing Fahad Specialist Hospital
Clinical Nurse Educator
Jul 31, 2021

“Persue in PhD is gives an opportunity in career growth”

Royal Children's HospitalRoyal Children's Hospital
Senior Nurse Educator
Dec 26, 2021

“Great place to work with good teamwork”

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Nurse Educator Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Nurse Educator

When working as a Nurse Educator, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Teaching Experience, CPR, Leadership, BLS Certification, and Collaboration.

The most similar professions to Nurse Educator are:
  • Home Health Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse
  • Nurse Manager

The most common qualifications to become a Nurse Educator include a minimum of a Graduate Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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Home Health Nurse
$89,622
Licensed Practical Nurse
$91,565
13% skills overlap
Clinical Nurse
$109,956
50% skills overlap
Nurse Manager
$105,749
38% skills overlap

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