Are you a fit?

A good Nurse Educator has a positive outlook and a high level of empathy that allows them to communicate effectively with students. They have previously exhibited a strong commitment to providing the highest quality patient care and understand the importance of teaching others the correct techniques that will allow them to do the same. Due to the ever-changing dynamics of a classroom, successful Nurse Educators must adapt rapidly to change and be able to be flexible. A desire to continue to learn throughout their entire career is also essential, as medical science always continues to advance.


Nurse Educators serve as instructors, mentors and role models for current nurses. They work with management to establish learning goals and develop curriculum to achieve them. In classroom settings, Nurse Educators carry out lesson plans. To deepen students’ understanding of the topics covered, they give assignments and exams and then evaluate students’ work. Some Nurse Educators also work in clinical settings, directly supervising nursing students or newly hired nurses and providing guidance and feedback as they carry out tasks.  Some specific job duties of a Nurse Educator include:

  • Creating lesson plans that accomplish predefined learning goals
  • Teaching classroom-based courses through lectures and discussions
  • Demonstrating techniques and best practices for students
  • Overseeing clinical practice components of nurse education and training programs
  • Grading papers, assignments and exams
  • Helping to develop curriculum for nurse training programs in cooperation with directors of nursing
  • Documenting student participation and performance
  • Staying up-to-date on the latest advances in medicine and changes to best practice standards for patient care
  • Extensive knowledge of nursing related to the material they’re required to present
  • Demonstrated communication skills necessary to explain complex medical and scientific concepts in a manner that’s easy to understand and provide written feedback on student assignments
  • High-level interpersonal skills to give constructive feedback and serve as trusted advisors for their students
  • Creative problem-solving ability to address issues that arise due to student performance or overcome obstacles to delivering established curriculum

Typical Qualifications:

  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Practical experience in all subject matter they will be teaching

Pay Ranges

Base Hourly: $35 per hour
Annual: $74000 – $93000

Education & Experience

Est. Education Duration: 3 years
Est. Experience Required: 2 years

Educational Opportunities