What does a Nurse Instructor 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 Instructor 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 Instructor 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
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3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Nurse Instructor make?

$93,895 /yr
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Nurse Instructor Career Path

Learn how to become a Nurse Instructor, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Nurse Educator
Senior Nurse Educator
Nurse Instructor

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7
Not including years spent in education and/or training

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

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

Nurse Educator
Oct 12, 2021

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

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”

Florida State College at JacksonvilleFlorida State College at Jacksonville
Nursing Instructor
Jul 29, 2022

“Great people to work with”

Hemas Holdings
Clinical Nurse Educator
Oct 23, 2022

“Required good salary scale for qualified nurses”

Liaquat National HospitalLiaquat National Hospital
Nursing Instructor
Feb 5, 2021

“Education training is not so advance”

Torrens University AustraliaTorrens University Australia
Senior Nurse Educator
May 29, 2021

“Good team to work with”

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

When working as a Nurse Instructor, 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 Instructor are:
  • Home Health Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse
  • Nurse Manager

The most common qualifications to become a Nurse Instructor 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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Licensed Practical Nurse
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