The overall employment of nurse educators is expected to grow 22% from 2020-2030, much faster than other occupations according to the BLS. The projected increase in nurse educator jobs is believed to be due in part to an aging population that is living longer and thus has a greater need for nursing care.
What do nurse educators do?
Nurse educators teach and train students in nursing school to help them prepare to become nurses. They are often instructors for clinical professionals who need continuing education or training. Oftentimes, they are responsible for developing academic curriculum, such as lectures and lab or clinical work.
Nurse educators may hold a variety of positions with varied titles such as professor, director, or faculty member. As an instructor, they design educational programs and curriculum to help ensure courses meet the state accreditation requirements, overseeing lab and clinical work, and providing feedback as students interact with patients. Read more about what a nurse educator does and what’s it’s like to be a nurse instructor.
How can I become a nurse educator?
To become a nurse educator, you will need an active, unrestricted RN license and a master degree in nursing education. This may take approximately 2-5 years, depending on where you are in your nursing education or career, the number of credits you can transfer (if you are actively pursuing your undergraduate degree or are preparing for an advanced nursing degree), and whether you choose an in-person or online full or part-time schedule.
Herzing University offers multiple pathways for current RNs:
As a nurse educator, you can help prepare the next generation of nurses and enjoy a rewarding career and high pay. Due to the high demand for nurse educators, now is a great time to start on the path to becoming a nurse educator!
Learn more about the Herzing MSN - Nurse Educator program
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.