According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse educators plan, develop, implement, and evaluate educational programs and curricula for the professional development of student nurses and RNs. 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.