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Working As A Clinical Educator

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $79,931

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Educator Do

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Duties

Registered nurses typically do the following:

  • Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute to existing plans
  • Observe patients and record the observations
  • Consult and collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment

Most registered nurses work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists. Some registered nurses oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, and home health aides.

Registered nurses’ duties and titles often depend on where they work and the patients they work with. For example, an oncology nurse may work with cancer patients or a geriatric nurse may work with elderly patients. Some registered nurses combine one or more areas of practice. For example, a pediatric oncology nurse works with children and teens who have cancer.

Many possibilities for working with specific patient groups exist. The following list includes just a few examples:

Addiction nurses care for patients who need help to overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs, and other substances.

Cardiovascular nurses care for patients with heart disease and people who have had heart surgery.

Critical care nurses work in intensive-care units in hospitals, providing care to patients with serious, complex, and acute illnesses and injuries that need very close monitoring and treatment.

Genetics nurses provide screening, counseling, and treatment for patients with genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis.

Neonatology nurses take care of newborn babies.

Nephrology nurses care for patients who have kidney-related health issues stemming from diabetes, high blood pressure, substance abuse, or other causes.

Rehabilitation nurses care for patients with temporary or permanent disabilities.

Registered nurses may work to promote public health, by educating people on warning signs and symptoms of disease or managing chronic health conditions. They may also run health screenings, immunization clinics, blood drives, or other community outreach programs. Other nurses staff the health clinics in schools.

Some nurses do not work directly with patients, but they must still have an active registered nurse license. For example, they may work as nurse educators, healthcare consultants, public policy advisors, researchers, hospital administrators, salespeople for pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, or as medical writers and editors.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are a type of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). They provide direct patient care in one of many nursing specialties, such as psychiatric-mental health or pediatrics. CNSs also provide indirect care, by working with other nurses and various other staff to improve the quality of care that patients receive. They often serve in leadership roles and may educate and advise other nursing staff. CNSs also may conduct research and may advocate for certain policies.

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How To Become A Clinical Educator

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.

Education

In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.

Advancement

Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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Clinical Educator Career Paths

Clinical Educator
Nurse Manager Case Manager Unit Manager
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Family Nurse Practitioner PRN Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Manager Educator Clinician
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Family Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Chaplain Therapist Respiratory Therapist
Director Of Clinical Education
11 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Clinical Nurse Educator Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Staff Development
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Educator Registered Nurse Supervisor Nurse Manager
Emergency Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Clinical Director Director Of Health Services
Home Service Director
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Consultant Clinical Director Clinical Services Director
Hospice Director
12 Yearsyrs
Family Nurse Practitioner Registered Nurse Supervisor Nurse Manager
Inpatient Services Director
12 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Clinical Consultant Medical Science Liaison
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Nurse Educator Staff Nurse Nurse Manager
Nursing Services Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Nursing Director Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Manager Nurse Practitioner Nurse Manager
Patient Relations Director
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Educator Family Nurse Practitioner PRN
Rehab Director
7 Yearsyrs
Faculty Instructor Nurse Trauma Nurse
Trauma Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Health Educator Wellness Coordinator
Wellness Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Clinical Educator Demographics

Gender

Female

79.6%

Male

18.7%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

63.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.4%

French

6.7%

Swedish

2.2%

Portuguese

2.2%

Hindi

2.2%

Chinese

2.2%

Filipino

2.2%

Turkish

2.2%

German

2.2%

Japanese

2.2%

Bengali

2.2%

Tagalog

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Korean

2.2%

Italian

2.2%
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Clinical Educator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

26.4%

Walden University

12.6%

Grand Canyon University

7.3%

Western Governors University

5.4%

University of South Alabama

5.0%

Capella University

4.6%

University of South Florida

3.8%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

3.8%

Texas Woman's University

3.4%

Liberty University

3.1%

Johns Hopkins University

2.7%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

2.7%

University of Southern Mississippi

2.7%

Duke University

2.7%

South University

2.7%

University of Illinois at Chicago

2.7%

Ball State University

2.3%

Indiana Wesleyan University

2.3%

University of Rochester

1.9%

University of Saint Francis

1.9%
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Majors

Nursing

65.0%

Business

7.7%

Physical Therapy

3.4%

Education

3.2%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Medical Technician

3.0%

Psychology

1.4%

Family Practice Nursing

1.4%

Management

1.3%

Elementary Education

1.3%

Health Sciences And Services

1.0%

Theology

1.0%

Clinical Psychology

1.0%

Public Health

0.9%

Food And Nutrition

0.9%

Counseling Psychology

0.8%

Nursing Science

0.8%

Information Systems

0.8%

Computer Information Systems

0.8%

Social Work

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

45.9%

Bachelors

23.7%

Other

11.0%

Doctorate

7.8%

Associate

7.7%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.5%
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Real Clinical Educator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Educator Saint Mary's Hospital Inc. Waterbury, CT Jun 26, 2016 $169,047 -
$200,665
Clinical Educator Physician Alliance Medical Group, Inc. Waterbury, CT Sep 16, 2016 $167,544
Clinical Educator Hospital of Saint Raphael New Haven, CT Nov 27, 2011 $164,873
Clinical Educator Hospital of Saint Raphael New Haven, CT Jul 08, 2011 $158,441
Clinical Educator Northeast Medical Group, Inc. New Haven, CT Jul 29, 2012 $149,344
Clinical Educator (Physician) Alliance Medical Group, Inc. Waterbury, CT Jun 21, 2015 $145,000
Clinical Educator Hospital of Saint Raphael New Haven, CT Jul 01, 2011 $145,000
Instructor and Clinical Educator Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO Jul 01, 2011 $128,640 -
$150,000
Patient Educator In Dental Clinic Medaplex PC.Dba Medaplex Dental Center Oak Park, MI Aug 29, 2016 $115,648
Instructor, Clinical Educator Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO Oct 02, 2014 $98,040 -
$300,000
Clinical Educator Southampton Hospital Southampton, NY May 26, 2011 $88,447
Clinical Educator-Medical Imaging Children's Memorial Medical Center Chicago, IL Jan 28, 2008 $88,000
Clinical Educator Sheridan Memorial Hospital Sheridan, CO Oct 05, 2012 $85,904
Clinical Educator Sheridan Memorial Hospital Sheridan, WY Oct 15, 2012 $85,904
Instructor and Clinical Educator Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO Nov 07, 2011 $85,710 -
$150,000
Clinical Educator Southampton Hospital Southampton, NY May 26, 2011 $82,645
Clinical Educator Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Inc. Wellington, FL Sep 08, 2015 $73,045
Clinical Educator In Medical Surgical Unit Ultimate Care Inc. Hialeah, FL Jan 03, 2011 $68,871
Clinical Educator Cha Hollywood Medical Center, LP Los Angeles, CA Feb 01, 2011 $67,139
Clinical Educator Okeechobee Health Care Facility Okeechobee, FL Sep 15, 2013 $54,570
Clinical Educator In Geriatric Area Ultimate Care Inc. Hialeah, FL Oct 01, 2009 $54,262
Clinical Educator In Medical Surgical Unit Ultimate Care Inc. Hialeah, FL Oct 01, 2009 $54,262
Clinical Educator In Medical Surgical Unit Ultimate Care Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2009 $54,262
Clinical Educator In Geriatric Area Ultimate Care Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2009 $54,262
Clinical Educator In Pediatrics Area Ultimate Care Inc. Hialeah, FL Oct 01, 2010 $54,262
Clinical Educator In Pediatric Intensive Care UNI Ultimate Care Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2009 $54,262
Clinical Educator Hendrick Medical Center Abilene, TX Nov 15, 2015 $53,385

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  1. Patient Care
  2. Educational Programs
  3. Annual Competencies
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  • Develop curriculum to conduct classroom in-service and produce manuals for new hire orientation that support staff and ensure quality patient care.
  • Assist in the coordination and implementation of all educational programs pertaining to Medical/Surgical areas including unit based and mandatory yearly competencies.
  • Initiated and administered web-based annual competencies.
  • Attend web cast meetings and provide advanced-level troubleshooting for issues concerning laboratory procedures and blood analysis results.
  • Developed and implemented a four-day Emergency Department fellowship for all emergency department associates.

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