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What Can I Do with an
MSN in Nursing Education?

What Can I Do with a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education?

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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. Discover the most crucial skills for nurse educators and what it takes to excel on this rewarding career path.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much does a nurse educator make?

According to 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nurse educators earn an average salary of $83,160 per year. Pay can depend on many factors, including the state where you are employed, the degree you have attained and level of experience in the field. Discover how much nurse educators make by state.

Job outlook

The BLS reports an expected 20% increase in the number of jobs for nursing instructors and teachers from 2018-2028, higher than the expected 5% increase across all occupations. It’s a great time to begin working towards joining this growing field.

Where do nurse educators work?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports these as the most common employers of nurse educators:

  1. Colleges, Universities and Professional Schools
  2. Junior Colleges
  3. General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  4. Technical and Trade Schools

How can I become a nurse educator?

If you are not already a registered nurse, your first step is to earn your degree in nursing and become a licensed RN. You will then need to earn a master’s degree in nursing education to become a nurse educator.

Depending on what type of opportunities you seek, there may be additional advanced training needed. For some positions as a professor you may be required to earn a doctorate in nursing.

Is an MSN in nursing education worth it?

If you are a registered nurse with a passion for teaching and seek the best new career opportunity, earning a master’s in nursing education is absolutely worth it. You will earn the opportunity to pursue a number of different options as a nursing teacher and find a job you love.

With an MSN Nurse Educator degree you will also qualify for post-graduate nursing certificate programs should you choose to expand your body of knowledge and continue growing in the nursing field. If you’re looking towards a future in management as a nurse leader, see our MSN in Nursing Leadership & Administration program.

We offer several options for earning a master's level credential in nursing education:

Discover our many degree pathways and find out how we can help you take the next big leap forward in your career.

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