Many nurses with broad nursing experience and years in the profession under their belt are making their next career move. For many, it is a logical extension of their careers to make the move into the wide-open field of nursing education. Nursing educators play a vital role in meeting demand for qualified professionals in the world of nursing, as they bring a wealth of actual clinical experience to bear in their mission to train the next generation of nurses.
If you are a nurse looking for a new direction in your career and a way to leverage all of the knowledge and experience you’ve gained along the way? Maybe you are in the last stages of your career or you’re just looking for a new and exciting challenge. A career as a nursing educator may be for you.. And it is most certainly a role society needs filling, as the shortage of qualified medical professions – especially nurses – grows more serious every year. Highly trained nursing educators are in high demand.
There are few career options more rewarding than that of a nursing educator. And there is no one in the industry who brings to bear more impact on the training and potential of new nurses than the nursing educator. They bring to the table a wealth of knowledge and life .For many nurses who take up teaching as a new career, the opportunity to engage their students in intellectually challenging exercises on a daily basis helps to reinvigorate their own personal interest in nursing and stave off the effects of burnout.
You can find nursing educators at all stops along the educational pathway – from beginning undergraduate classes to the mast advanced graduate-level courses. They serve the critical function of preparing every type of nurse - from licensed practical nurses to future nurse educators and industry leaders. And with that level of responsibility there is a high level of job security. The fact is that there are too few nurses in this country, and far too few teachers to educate the nurses we need to close the gap. That makes every nursing educator's job safer, since the industry can ill afford to lose any of the teachers it now has.
Maybe you’re not quite ready to give up your full-time nursing job, but are interested in exploring the opportunities around education. There are opportunities here as well. In fact, there are many nurse instructors who manage to teach nursing students the profession, while at the same time providing nursing care to patients within a hospital or clinical setting. The ability to maintain their direct contact with patient care not only helps to make the transition from nursing to teaching easier, but also helps the educator to keep up with the latest technologies and medical practices. This is valuable information you can bring to the classroom.
Education is the key in taking the next steps in becoming a nursing educator. For most positions, a master’s or doctoral degree is required in the nursing field. How far along this path you are may play an important role in determining if it is something you want to pursue or not. If you do, it can be a very rewarding career, both personally and financially. Nursing educators very commonly earn more than $100,000 per year, and as the demand for more qualified nursing professionals increases, this figure surely will as well.
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