Career Outlook for Nurse Educators

The current national deficit of working nurses is partially due to a corresponding deficit of nurse educators. As many experienced educators are aging and reaching retirement, there are fewer, well-prepared nurse educators ready to take their place. In fact, many nursing degree programs frequently turn away students who have been inspired to become nurses themselves, simply because the programs do not have qualified faculty necessary to educate the applicants.

Compounding these issues are hard facts: the baby boomer population continues to age, the need for high-quality coordinated care is increasing, the Affordable Care Act places more pressure on preventative care, and the employment of health services managers must increase to accommodate these various factors. Without enough educators training the next generation of nurses, the health professional shortage will continue to exacerbate. It is imperative that the professional nursing community focus on these issues and address the deficit of qualified professionals in nursing education.

It has never been a more exciting time to enter this field yourself. The role of a nurse educator is a demanding one—requiring not only a passion for and experience in nursing but also the desire to develop the next generation of nurses. This program will also open you up to the possibility of working in both academic institutions and health care settings concurrently, enabling the potential to gain a higher salary because of your niche specialization and dual job functions.

Beyond Clinical Knowledge: What Nurse Educators Need

In addition to being clinically competent, the effective nurse educator must have an understanding of pedagogical and andragogical theories, as well as learning assessment development, curriculum development, accreditation requirements, and more. Nurse educators often have dual appointments in academia and in health care organizations.

Within this field, you can expect to work in academic settings such as universities, junior colleges, trade schools, and more—or you may seek a position as an educator in a health care organizations to develop and provide continuing staff development and education programs. You will be expected to develop curricula and lesson plans, build and analyze learning assessments, and return detailed feedback and guidance to students as they grow during their educational programs.

At Loyola University, we are proud to teach the next generation of leaders in nursing education, and we await your joining us.

Nurse Educator Salary Outlook: Nurses Who Hold an MSN Can Earn More

According to a recent nurse educator salary survey conducted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, total salaries for the academic year ranged from $25,000 for a master’s prepared instructor to $272,095 for a doctorally prepared professor; average salaries range from $57,273 - $99,225, respectively.1 Compensation for nurse educators can vary greatly depending on the number of semesters an educator teaches per year and whether or not he or she practices clinical work.

Average Full-Time Salary by Degree and Rank – Academic Year (9 or 10 months)

Rank Non-Doctoral Degree Doctoral Degree
Professor $71,714 $99,225
Associate Professor $65,000 $80,062
Assistant Professor $60,246 $71,774
Instructor $57,273 $64,566

If you are ready to embark on an exciting and rewarding career as an educator for the next generation of nurses, Loyola University has the perfect offerings for you in our MSN Nurse Educator concentration.

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1 American Association of Colleges of Nursing. 2013-2014 Salaries of Instructional and Administrative Nursing Faculty. Accessed April 25, 2016, from