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Working As A Nurse 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

  • $65,118

    Average Salary

What Does A Nurse 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 Nurse 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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Nurse Educator Career Paths

Nurse Educator
Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Education Coordinator Paramedic Respiratory Therapist
Director Of Clinical Education
11 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Staff Development
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Coordinator Medical Social Worker
Geriatric Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Nurse Educator Staff Nurse Director Of Health Services
Home Service Director
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Nurse Manager Clinical Services Director
Hospice Director
12 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Clinical Coordinator Nurse Manager
Inpatient Services Director
12 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Utilization Review Nurse Staff Nurse
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse Clinical Manager
Manager Of Clinical Services
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Manager Regional Manager Asset Manager
Manager, Asset Management
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Nurse Manager
Nursing Services Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Nurse Case Manager Nurse Manager
Patient Relations Director
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Nurse Legal Nurse Consultant Quality Improvement Coordinator
Quality Improvement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Therapist Occupational Therapist
Therapy Program Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Instructor Nurse Trauma Nurse
Trauma Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Education Coordinator Health Educator Wellness Coordinator
Wellness Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Nurse 5.9 years
Head Nurse 4.2 years
Nurse Clinician 4.1 years
Nurse Manager 3.9 years
Nurse 3.1 years
Nurse Educator 3.0 years
Clinical Educator 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Staff Nurse 25.9%
Nurse 7.0%
Top Employers After
Staff Nurse 14.3%
Nurse 7.9%
Educator 2.2%
Instructor 1.9%

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Nurse Educator Demographics

Gender

Female

87.1%

Male

11.1%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.5%

French

14.7%

German

5.9%

Vietnamese

2.9%

Bambara

2.9%

Filipino

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Portuguese

1.5%

Nepali

1.5%

Chinese

1.5%

Ilocano

1.5%

Romanian

1.5%

Gujarati

1.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Dakota

1.5%

Thai

1.5%

Russian

1.5%
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Nurse Educator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.3%

Walden University

17.3%

Grand Canyon University

10.1%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

5.5%

Capella University

4.2%

Western Governors University

4.0%

Kaplan University

3.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%

Indiana Wesleyan University

2.7%

New York University

2.5%

Liberty University

2.5%

Drexel University

2.5%

South University

2.5%

Saint Louis University-

2.1%

Troy University

2.1%

Texas Woman's University

2.1%

George Mason University

2.1%

Excelsior College

2.1%

Duke University

2.1%

Carlow University

1.9%
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Majors

Nursing

80.7%

Business

3.3%

Education

2.3%

Nursing Science

1.7%

Family Practice Nursing

1.7%

Health Care Administration

1.4%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.0%

Public Health

0.9%

Management

0.8%

Elementary Education

0.7%

Psychology

0.7%

Clinical Psychology

0.7%

Health Education

0.6%

Educational Leadership

0.6%

Mental Health Counseling

0.5%

Health Sciences And Services

0.5%

Biology

0.5%

Law

0.5%

Pharmacy

0.4%

Nursing Assistants

0.4%
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Degrees

Masters

42.8%

Bachelors

27.1%

Associate

10.0%

Other

8.8%

Doctorate

5.7%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.6%
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Real Nurse Educator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Nurse Educator First Call Nursing Services, Inc. Milpitas, CA Nov 01, 2010 $83,200
Nurse Educator University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT Jun 12, 2016 $81,562
Nurse Educator Alternative Care Systems, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2009 $81,000
Nurse Educator University of Utah South Jordan, UT Sep 01, 2015 $79,456
Nurse Educator St. Paul's School of Nursing-Queens NY Feb 04, 2013 $78,000
Nurse Educator/Registered Nurse Soledad Community Health Care District Soledad, CA Jun 15, 2012 $68,871
Diabetic Nurse Educator Manager Oasis Home Healthcare Inc. Hoffman Estates, IL Mar 20, 2014 $68,745
Nurse Educator Cambridge Healthcare LLC Ellicott City, MD Oct 01, 2010 $68,328
Nurse Educator NIJ, Inc. DBA All Heart Home Health Agency Norfolk, VA Nov 21, 2014 $67,725
Nurse Educator St. John Hospital and Medical Center Detroit, MI Dec 05, 2011 $63,731
Nurse Educator Highland Park Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre Los Angeles, CA Dec 01, 2011 $62,923
Nurse Educator Highland Park Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2011 $62,923
Nurse Educator Highland Park Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre Los Angeles, CA Nov 17, 2011 $62,923
Nurse Educator Pf Development 18, LLC Norfolk, VA Jul 16, 2015 $62,610 -
$70,958
Nurse Educator Walker County Hospital Corp. Huntsville, TX May 09, 2012 $61,984
Nurse Educator Mission Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Mission, TX Oct 01, 2015 $61,546
Quality Management--Nurse Educator Grace Home Health Care Long Beach, CA May 15, 2015 $61,000
Nurse Education Coordinator Exodus Healthcare Network, PLLC Magna, UT Jan 06, 2016 $55,931
Nurse Education Coordinator Exodus Healthcare Network, PLLC Magna, UT Jun 01, 2014 $55,931
Nurse Educator/Staff Developer Cathedral Gerontology Center, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Aug 20, 2013 $55,681
Nurse Educator St. Paul's School of Nursing-Queens NY Aug 13, 2014 $55,180
Nurse Educator St. Paul's School of Nursing-Queens NY Aug 21, 2014 $55,180
Nurse Educator St. Paul's School of Nursing-Queens NY Jun 12, 2014 $55,180
Nurse Educator/Staff Nurse Galesburg Cottage Hospital Galesburg, IL Oct 01, 2012 $54,930
Nurse Educator Glen Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ltd Northbrook, IL Dec 23, 2011 $53,072

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  • Coordinate the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and procedures designed to improve operational efficiency.
  • Participated in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of continuing patient education programs and other educational projects.
  • Designed, developed, implemented and evaluated all education for approximately 50 nursing staff on assigned patient care units.
  • Order ob educational materials, contraceptives and state medication for sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Established and maintained professional relationships with internal and externals customers.

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