Nurse educators prepare students to become the next great generation of nurses. While becoming a nurse educator can be rewarding, there are a couple of steps to take before you are ready to take over a classroom. Continue reading to find out how to become a nurse educator:
Education Leads to Success
In order to become a nurse educator, you must first obtain a college degree in nursing. While many of those who work in clinical settings have their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), many academic institutions are more competitive and require a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). GCU’s Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education will prepare you for a variety of roles in nursing education, including patient educator and the educator role in clinical and academic settings.
Another important step that goes along with the completion of your degree programs is to take the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Examination, which is an optional certification that allows nurses to show their expertise in the area of nursing education. The CNE was created by the National League for Nursing in order to establish nurse educating as a professional specialization, and it allows future nurse educators to become professionals in the field.
Reasons to Become a Nurse Educator
Nursing education is a stable and steady career path that is attractive to many people. One reason for this is that there are a wide variety of settings that you can work in, ranging from schools to hospitals. Another reason is that you will have a more structured view of what your schedule will look like, as it will line up with the academic calendar of the institution you are teaching at. Additionally, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), there is a shortage of nursing faculty, meaning there is a strong demand for nurse educators.
By becoming an educator in any field, you have the power to change lives. Students look up to their professors with hope in their hearts. Nurse educating is a rewarding career. As you make a difference in the lives of your students, you also prepare them to make a difference in the lives of countless others that they will encounter in their own careers.
The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions at Grand Canyon University has a nearly 35-year tradition of preparing students to fill evolving healthcare roles as highly qualified professionals. To learn about GCU’s nursing programs, visit our website or contact us using the Request More Information button at the top of the page.
Written by Adriana Carda, a junior earning a psychology degree at GCU.