Careers in Healthcare: Becoming a Nurse Educator – Part II

Careers in Healthcare: Becoming a Nurse Educator – Part II

What’s in a Name?

There are many titles for the nurse educator role, including Professor, Clinical Professor, Adjunct Professor, Clinical Nurse Educator, Staff Development Officer and Continuing Education Specialist. Called by any name, a nurse educator is a nurse who provides educational opportunities to student nurses, practicing nurses and/or patients.

Who they teach, what they teach, how they teach and where they teach are dictated by the learners they serve and the mission of their organizations. Simply put, Nurse Educators combine their clinical abilities with teaching.

Career Prospects and Employers

Nurse Educators in academia and industry are in extremely high demand. Nursing schools nationwide are struggling to find new faculty to accommodate the rising interest in nursing among new students.

Industry, particularly health information technology and biotechnology, requires nurse educators to rollout products and provide staff education on their use. Nurse Educators in clinical facilities, however, are in less demand, even though the need for them is increasing. Budget cuts often are first realized in non-direct patient care areas, and education departments are often early targets. 

Nurse Educators can work in schools of nursing at community colleges, hospitals, colleges, and universities; staff-development departments in patient-care centers, healthcare organizations, home-health agencies, seminar companies, industries such as health information technology and biotechnology, and professional membership organizations, to name a few.

Top 10 Reasons to Become a Nurse Educator

As you think about the possibilities of this career, consider the top 10 reasons to become a Nurse Educator from the National League for Nursing:

10.You work in an intellectually stimulating environment.

9. You have autonomy and flexibility.

8.Your research creates knowledge and advances the field; your publications bring you prestige.

7. Your work has value to society.

6. You can teach anywhere in the world.

5. You can teach from the beach or the slopes, using technology.

4. You encourage and educate eager minds and rejoice when your students surpass you.

3. You shape the future of healthcare.

2. You change lives.

And the number 1 reason to become a Nurse Educator:

1.      You teach what you love.

I’d like to hear from you. What are your concerns about becoming a Nurse Educator?  Please share your questions or strategies with your fellow readers by sending them to me at healthcare@americansentinel.edu. I look forward to hearing from you.

About American Sentinel University

American Sentinel University, http://www.americansentinel.edu/, delivers the competitive advantages of accredited online degree programs focused on the needs of high-growth sectors. Its bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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