Nurse Educator at a Glance

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Best States for Nurse Educator

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
District of Columbia 750 $73,950 $36
Alaska 340 $55,990 $27
Vermont 290 $47,240 $23


Becoming a Nurse Educator

The first step in becoming a nurse educator is completing the necessary education and training needed to be a registered nurse. Students can choose from the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), the associate degree in nursing (ADN), and the nursing diploma, all of which vary in length and difficulty of admittance. Nursing courses vary slightly between schools and programs, but most include a variety of life sciences courses and nursing courses.

Many undergraduate nursing courses have a clinical component that consists of rotations in general and specialty nursing departments. Some common specialties include pediatrics, psychiatric and mental health, surgery, and geriatrics. Although clinical rotations can be stressful or intimidating, they also provide firsthand exposure to patient care in a variety of settings.

  • Foundations for Nursing Practice
  • Health Assessment
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Clinical Decision Making

After completing a nursing program, graduates will prepare to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Passing the exam will enable you to practice as a licensed RN in your state. Aspiring nurse educators will need to get clinical experience as an RN, preferably within the specialty you wish to teach. The next step is to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and possibly a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD). Once you've met the necessary educational and experience requirements, you should consider sitting for the Certified Nurse Educator examination.