Why become a Nurse Educator?

Becoming a nurse educator means shaping and molding the future of nursing. It means inspiring others to follow in your footsteps.

Regardless of your setting, you could impart your knowledge and experience to students across the nation

Nurse educators play a pivotal role in strengthening the nursing workforce, serving as role models and providing the leadership needed to implement evidence-based practice. Nurse educators are responsible for designing, implementing, evaluating and revising academic and continuing education programs for nurses.

With the exception of the academic setting, nurse educator qualifications vary by employer and setting. Minimum can be a baccalaureate degree but is generally a graduate (Masters’) degree or postgraduate (Doctorate) degree. Accredited colleges and universities have explicit requirements, minimally a graduate degree and ultimately post graduate degree, both in nursing.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing is a membership organization which works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.


Why Professional Development is Important for the Profession?

Role of Nursing Professional Development in Helping Meet Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Recommendations
For information about nursing and professional development download the ANPD white paper entitled Role of Nursing Professional Development in Helping Meet Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Recommendations.


Nurse Educator Facts

Path to Becoming a Nurse Educator Fact Sheet

Download American Nurse Today’s fact sheet on the path to becoming a nurse educator. It includes a self-assessment quiz to designed to help you define your path to becoming a nursing faculty members.



Nurse Educator/Professor Stats
Median Annual Salary

Nursing Instructors: $69,130

Post-secondary Health Specialties Teacher: $106,910

Nurse Practitioner: $107,460

Full-time nurse educators with a master's degree in nursing
Full-time nurse educators with a doctorate

Other Professional Development Opportunities for Nurse Educators

National League of Nursing (NLN) is the premier organization for nurse educators. They offer professional development, teaching resources and more to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.


NLN’s professional development activities provide many and varied paths to helping nurses in education and practice teach in complex educational and health care systems.


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