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.

  • 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
  • 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

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
14%
2 - 4
66%
5 - 7
6%
8+
14%

Common Skill Sets

Teaching Experience
CPR
Leadership
BLS Certification
Collaboration
Written Communication
Indian
CCRN

Nurse Educator Seniority Levels

L2
Nurse Educator
$85,608/yr
School Nurse
10% made the transition
Home Health Nurse
2% made the transition
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Nurse Educator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$85,608 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$60K
Median: $86K
$122K
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