December 6, 2013
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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At the most basic level, a nurse educator’s job lies in teaching hopeful nurses lessons in patient care. They are often responsible for developing a curriculum, and teaching using a combination of lectures and lab/clinical work.
As a nurse educator, some of your jobs and responsibilities would include:
As a nurse educator, you can choose to focus exclusively on teaching or you could do a combination of instruction and research or you could choose to work as a direct patient provider.
You will need to complete advanced education in order to be trained in both, nursing as well as teaching. You can obtain this by way of a Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN). The other option is a Doctoral degree in Nursing (PhD). Whichever one of these programs you choose, you will need to pick a clinical specialty as well.
The MSN coursework is more advanced than that of a bachelor’s degree program, but uses the undergraduate curriculum as the foundation. If you already have an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in another field, you can find schools offering accelerated programs for Bachelor of Science (BSN) and MSNs.
If you are interested in the academic side of nursing, you can enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Philosophy (PhD) program, which will prepare you in leadership, research tactics and public policy.
There are also several variations on a PhD program, such as the MSN/PhD Dual Degree, which are intended for students with a non-nursing undergraduate degree.
Nurse educators find the majority of the jobs in colleges and universities, including technical and trade schools, junior colleges and professional schools. A smaller portion work in general medical and surgical hospitals. The type of curriculum you teach will depend on the type of facility you are teaching at.
There is a huge demand for nurse educators in the US and this is because lack of qualified teaching faculty is considered to be the main reason behind the nursing shortage in the country. This means there is tremendous scope for a nurse educator looking for a job.