What does a Nurse Educator do?

Nurse educators teach and mentor current and future nurses. They may work in classrooms, as well as in clinical settings. Their responsibilities may include designing educational programs and curricula, providing training to aspiring nurses or licensed staff, and evaluating research to continuously improve clinical practice.

Nurse educators must have a license as a registered nurse (RN), and they usually have several years of experience working as an RN. Most employers require a graduate degree such as a Master of Science in Nursing or even a doctoral degree for nurse educator positions. Some nurse educators also have a nurse educator certification. Nurse educators usually have a passion for lifelong learning and development, and they need excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

What responsibilities are common for Nurse Educator jobs?
  • Design and continuously improve and adapt curriculum depending on educational needs
  • Teach courses and provide training to licensed and unlicensed nurses
  • Develop lesson plans
  • Incorporate evidence-based research into educational plans, patient treatment plans, and nursing practices
  • Serve as a mentor to nurses, and identify growth opportunities and educational needs for practicing nurses
  • Promote critical thinking among nurses, and show commitment to professional development and lifelong learning
  • Maintain current knowledge of trends in area of expertise
What are the typical qualifications for Nurse Educator jobs?
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) required. Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or PhD preferred.
  • Must possess current valid license as a registered nurse in the state of practice
  • Nurse educator certification preferred
  • 2-5 years experience working as a registered nurse in a clinical setting
  • Previous experience in a teaching setting preferred
  • Must possess valid basic life support (BLS) certification
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Nurse Educator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$10,317 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$8K
Median: $10K
$13K
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Nurse Educator Career Path

Learn how to become a Nurse Educator, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Nurse Educator
$100,000/yr
L3
Senior Nurse Educator
No Salary Reports
L4
Adjunct Nurse Educator
No Salary Reports
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
14%
2 - 4
66%
5 - 7
6%
8+
14%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Nurse Educator Insights

Read what Nurse Educator professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
SUNYSUNY
Clinical Nurse Educator
17 Aug 2021

“Not much benefits and I volunteered for the job because I love to share my knowledge.”

Renown HealthRenown Health
Clinical Nurse Educator
21 Apr 2020

“In my 30 years as a nurse Renown is the best hospital I have ever work for.”

AccentCareAccentCare
Clinical Nurse Educator
5 May 2020

“All the other benefits are good and I have elected them.”

AetnaAetna
Nurse Educator
12 Oct 2021

“My boss and coworkers are great to work with.”

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCareTallahassee Memorial HealthCare
RN Educator
19 Aug 2020

“great people to work with in the practice I was in”

King Fahad Specialist HospitalKing Fahad Specialist Hospital
Clinical Nurse Educator
31 July 2021

“Persue in PhD is gives an opportunity in career growth”

Royal Children's HospitalRoyal Children's Hospital
Senior Nurse Educator
26 Dec 2021

“Great place to work with good teamwork”

Torrens University AustraliaTorrens University Australia
Senior Nurse Educator
29 May 2021

“Good team to work with”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Nurse Educator

When working as a Nurse Educator, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Teaching Experience, CPR, Leadership, BLS Certification and Collaboration.

The most similar professions to Nurse Educator are:
  • Home Health Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse
  • Nursing Manager

The most common qualifications to become a Nurse Educator is a minimum of a Graduate Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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Home Health Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse
$65,000
13% skills overlap
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