Nurse instructors assist in the planning, development and instruction of nursing courses for an educational or medical program. They lecture on nursing topics, assign homework and oversee labs. They may be called upon to participate in seminars and meetings. Nursing instructors typically complete professional development activities. Collaboration with colleagues to revise and evaluate course content and teaching issues may also be included.
A nurse instructor must have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. These programs provide potential nurse instructors with hands-on nursing, critical-thinking and judgment skills. Many employers also require nurse instructors to complete a master's or doctorate degree program in nurse education. In order to enter a graduate program, a prospective nurse instructor must hold some experience in the nursing field, as well as a bachelor's degree. Graduate degree programs for nurse educators explore teaching processes and strategies, as well as curriculum development.
In addition to an undergraduate and graduate degree, prospective nurse instructors must also hold licensing. Nurse instructor licensing requirements vary by state; however, many of the general qualifications are similar. Requirements typically include obtaining a nursing degree, passing a criminal background check and taking the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) offered through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Once all of these qualification are met, the nurse instructor will be able to start work as a fully, state-licensed educator in the field of nursing.
Compensation will be negotiable