What can I do with an
MSN in Nursing Education?

What can I do with a master’s degree in nursing education?

What to Do with MSN Master Degree in Nursing Education

There are many different types of nurse educators under two broad categories in nursing education:

  • Clinical setting. Many educators in nursing practice work in a clinical environment to train students directly in real-life patient care situations.
  • Academic setting. Nurse educators may also teach in a college or university classroom.

To become a nurse educator in either setting, extended experience as a registered nurse and a master’s degree in nursing education will be required to pursue this career path.

Types of jobs you can get in nursing education

Every job as a nursing teacher is unique and features different responsibilities, but the overall goal is the same: to prepare nursing students for the transition from school to a professional work setting.

1. Clinical setting: hospital and clinical nurse instructor positions

Education in a teaching hospital or other clinical environment is often needed in the case of continuing education. Work in a hospital as a nurse educator and you will be responsible for providing clinical education to nursing staff and other healthcare professionals.

Clinical nurse educators are vital to helping a healthcare facility improve processes and mitigate risks to both patients and caregivers.

2. Academic setting: faculty / nurse teacher positions

Nursing faculty teach nursing students in a classroom environment, preparing lectures and academic curriculums to provide foundational nursing education. To work in an academic setting, you will need to hold a master’s degree in nursing. For some positions, you may be required to hold a DNP or Ph.D.

3. A mix of both clinical and academic

Some nurse educators will split duty between a college/university classroom and clinical role depending on an organization’s needs.

Many nurse educators will teach part-time while working in a clinical setting, giving them opportunity to remain sharp, continue building experience in patient care and share their advanced expertise with new nursing students.

Requirements for the job may include:

  • Design curriculum to ensure classes meet the state accreditation requirements
  • Prepare lectures and lead classroom discussion
  • Supervise lab and clinical education
  • Provide feedback to students as they work and interact with patients
  • Oversee student research and internships
  • Aide in research, studies and evidence-based practice efforts
  • Review student performance

Potential job titles include nurse educator, nurse instructor, clinical nurse specialist, nurse teacher and many different other variations.

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