Google says that the average salary for an assistant nurse educator/ professor is $78,242. But, as with any job, pay depends on the person’s level of experience, size of the city, reputation of the college, and in what part of the country they teach.
A side note is: educators who work only during the academic year are paid their annual salary over those nine months.
In what settings do nursing instructors work? Most nurse educators are employed by colleges or universities.
All nurses have a fairly good idea of what nursing instructors do for the students. But what are their behind-the-scenes duties and expectations? And what should a person know before considering such a venture?
- Participate in nursing curriculum development and instructional progression.
- Help in evaluating the program’s core curriculum, assess effectiveness of institution’s efforts, and prepare reports.
- Coordinate plans and programs with instructors in other departments.
- Support recruiting and participate in interviewing nurse educator candidates.
- Play a part in your department’s textbook orders.
- Serve on various institutional committees.
- Assure QA for continued compliance with all governing entities.
- Promote recruitment of students through methods set in place by college.
- Become acquainted, and work well, with managers at clinical rotation sites.
- Work overtime hours as needed.
- Keep abreast of new developments in the nursing field and incorporate those into their lessons as authorized.
What are the minimum requirements to enter this field? Nurse instructors may teach in the LVN program with a bachelor’s degree, two years nursing experience, and a valid nursing license. To teach in a BSN program, a minimum of MSN degree is usually required, but a BSN degree may sometimes be acceptable.
What are nurse educators’ hours? Besides the obvious work hours, most are expected to spend about 10 hours of office-time per week to complete their admin duties.
Is there much overtime involved? There are likely to be many opportunities to participate in professional seminars and meetings. These could take place outside of normal business hours.
How do nursing instructors train for their jobs? There are programs that offer a Masters of Science degree in Nursing and Health Care Education. The University of Phoenix is one college that offers this.
A Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examination program has been developed and is offered through The National League for Nursing (NLN). It is optional, but it does demonstrate a nurse’s interest and expertise in nursing education.
What is the job outlook for nursing instructors in this country? The need is great, and the projection for increase in employment opportunities for all types of postsecondary teachers is from 2012-2022 is 19%.
Many toss out their opinions as to why there seems to be such a shortage of nursing instructors and why it is often very difficult for qualified, would-be, nursing students to be accepted into college programs.
But the bottom line is this: If you would like to see the nursing field flourish more than it is, consider becoming a nursing instructor. That is where you can have the greatest influence on the future of nursing.
The power is in your hands and in your heart.