become a nurse educator

When thinking of potential nursing careers, not everyone immediately thinks of becoming a Nurse Educator.


But you have to ask yourself, why? The complex world of healthcare demands that healthcare workers not only use best practices, but also consistently maintaining their knowledge of the latest research and its applications. In short, there is always a need for more education in health care and the nursing world specifically. Key to this endeavor is the role of Nurse Educator. A Nurse Educator trains current and up-and-coming nurse professionals in both academic and practical on-the-job settings.

Here are the top 7 reasons we believe you should consider a career as a Nurse Educator:

1 – Nurse Education Shapes the Future of Nursing
As a Nurse Educator in today’s constantly changing medical landscape, you will be informing the next generation of nurse educators. It is also your critical mission to educate those currently in practice of new, dynamic, and life-saving techniques and theories.

2 – Teach in Schools or in a Clinical Setting (or Both!)
Nurse Educators enjoy a wealth of opportunities to teach in a setting like a hospital or clinic or they may teach in a traditional or online classroom setting. You will have the opportunity to educate various populations. There is an infinite variety of choice associated with being a Nurse Educator — whichever way you take it is up to you.

3 – Care for Patients and Be a Teacher
You are the type of person who enjoys variety in your career and always works towards to achieving continual professional milestones. As a Nurse Educator, you have the opportunity to continue practicing nursing and blend in teaching courses or training others at the same time. If you have longed dreamed of teaching, but did not want to give up the patient care side of nursing, a Master’s degree in Nurse Education allows you the opportunity to do both.

4 – This Career Field is in High Demand
Most people know that nurses are currently in high demand, but did you know that one of the key reasons for this is due to the lack of nurse educators able to train the next generation? As a Nurse Educator, you will not only contribute to helping solve a national nursing shortage, but your skills will be in incredibly high demand. The job outlook for Nurse Educators is excellent.

5 – No More Long Hours. No Longer on Your Feet.
You absolutely love being a nurse, but maybe your body, or family, or lifestyle is asking for a break from the 12-hour shifts and time on your feet. By becoming a Nurse Educator, you can still contribute to the wonderful world of nursing, but change the demands on your body. Most Nurse Educators work in an office, classroom, or conference room setting with shorter hours, creating a much better work-life balance.

6 – You Get to Wear Multiple Hats
As a Nurse Educator, your job will be dynamic. From mentoring students to creating curricula for hospitals to conducting practical trainings, you have a variety of options. You will be in a unique position to bolster your communication, writing, and training skills all while continuing in the field you have known and loved.

7 – Become a Leader in Your Field
As a Registered Nurse, you are already a vital part of the healthcare field. Now become a leader. Imagine inspiring future generations of nurses. Imagine being at the forefront of emerging theory. Imagine being recognized as a leader. Imagine becoming a nurse educator.

Concordia University Online offers a 100% Master of Science Nursing degree with a Nurse Educator track. Rn to MSN options are available. Connect with us to learn more.

— Kali Thiel is director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at kali.thiel@cuw.edu or 262-243-2149.

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