Registered nurses with accumulated work experience, an interest in helping other nurses adjust to their careers, and an interest in teaching are well positioned to become clinical nurse educators. Graduate certificate programs in this field acquaint senior nurses with a mix of concepts and practices, such as curriculum design, learning methodologies, student evaluation, and education technology. Students learn to help train subordinates for a career in nursing. Programs last 4-5 classes and are available online. For admission, significant training/professional experience in a clinical specialty and registered nurse licensure is necessary. Depending on program, applicants must have a bachelor's or master's degree.
Clinical Nurse Education Certification
Courses in some programs give students the option to specialize in continuing education, staff development or collegiate education. Common courses in a nurse educator program include the following:
- Nursing curriculum development
- Nursing program planning
- Nursing instruction methods
- Professional ethics and legal issues
- Clinical nursing practice
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted opportunities for registered nurses from 2014-2024 to grow by 16%. According to Payscale.com, nurse educators earned a median salary of $70,185 as of January 2016.
Continuing Education Information
A number of schools offer both certificates and MSN programs concentrating in nursing education. In many cases, credits earned in a post-baccalaureate clinical nurse educator certificate program can be applied towards an MSN with a nurse educator focus. Licensed nurses who have completed training as nurse educators and want to gain certification can do so by passing the Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE) examination offered by the National League for Nursing.
Clinical nurse educator certification programs give registered nurses the education necessary to train and instruct subordinate nurses as they build their careers. Graduates are able to teach full or part-time while continuing to work in a clinical setting.