Nursing instructors are in high demand and often their education is paid for by grants and scholarships. Nurse educators are required to have a MSN, though some prefer a doctorate for full-time faculty. There are master's programs specifically geared toward nurse educators. Nursing instructors need to have a wide range of knowledge in order to educate the nurses of tomorrow. At a minimum, they must have a working knowledge of training, English language, medicine, dentistry, psychology, biology, sociology, anthropology, therapy, counseling, customer and personal service, mathematics, and public safety and security. Instructors typically must have and maintain a current license as a RN with clinical experience in order to teach nursing students. They must also meet CE requirements similar to those of all practicing nurses.
An entry level Nurse Educator will make an average of $45,000 while an experience educator will make an average of $73,000.
American Nurse Credentialing Center, 2009
Pay Scale, 2009
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