Behind every nurse is a nurse educator. A nurse educator provides instructive and practical information to nursing students, as well as to faculty and administrators who attend nursing schools. Nurse educators focus primarily on teaching nursing theories and practices, and also designing, revising and evaluating nursing academic programs.
Many nurse educators have a specialty background and teach specific coursework, but a basic knowledge of the field is taught in all disciplines of nursing.
To advance as a faculty member, nurse educators are encouraged to complete a post-masters certificate in education.
Many nurse educators benefit from the school-year schedule, working nine months out of the year, with summers off. But there are ample summer opportunities available as well to teach and work.
Salaries are largely dependant on level of education, rank, and demand for nurses.