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Name:
Nurse Educator
Description:
Incorporates a variety of roles including teaching, research, and patient care. Central to effective teaching are the solid clinical skills developed from clinical practice. Responsible for lesson planning, instructing, evaluating learning, counseling, and assisting with solving learning problems. Responsible for affecting the quality of patient care by educating future nurses and guaranteeing competence and advancement of practicing nurses. Acts as consultant for clinical practices and/or organizations developing nursing or public-health policy. Serves as a primary resource for theory and knowledge development in the discipline of nursing
Settings:
Associate, diploma, undergraduate and graduate degree nursing-education programs; continuing education; staff development, patient, family, and community education programs at voluntary health organizations, hospitals, senior centers, home health, clinics, and HMOs
Characteristics:
Teaching students, staff, and/or patients, positive outcomes, freedom and autonomy, opportunities for patient care, variety and flexibility, making a difference
Drawbacks:
Excessive paperwork, lack of bureaucratic appreciation, heavy workload, cost containment, maintaining current knowledge
Desirable skills:
People skills especially helpful, commitment to excellence and life-long learning, love of nursing and learning, flexibility, teaching experience, knowledge of adult-learning theory and health promotion, humor, high energy, risk taking, positive attitude, priority setting, and time management
Education:
RN with BSN, MSN, or doctorate depending on setting
Employers:
Schools of nursing at community colleges, hospitals, colleges, and universities; staff-development departments in patient-care centers, healthcare organizations, home-health agencies, seminar companies, professional membership organizations
Certification:
American Nurses Credentialing Center
600 Maryland Ave. SW, #100
Washington, DC 20024-2571
800-284-CERT
 
National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators
330 East Algonquin Road, #4
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
847-228-9795
Organizations:
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
1 Dupont Circle, #530, NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-463-6930
 
National League for Nursing
16 Broadway
New York, NY 10006
800-669-1656
 
American Academy of Nurses
600 Maryland Av., SW, #100,
Washington, DC 20024-2571
800-284-CERT
 
National Nursing Staff Development Organization
437 Twin Bay Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32534-1350
800-489-1995
 
Association of Community Health Nursing Educators
4700 W. Lake Ave.
Glenview, IL 60025-1485
847-375-4717
 
American Association of Diabetes Educators
100 West Monroe St., #400
Chicago, IL 60603-1901
312-424-2426
 
National Council on Patient Information and Education
666 11th St., NW, #810
Washington, DC 20001-4542
202-347-6711
Publications:
AACN Newsletter
202-463-6930
 
Journal of Professional Nursing
 
Nursing and Health Care
800-669-1656
 
Nursing Outlook
800-284-CERT
 
Nurse Educator
800-777-2295
 
Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
609-848-1000
 
Journal of Nursing Education
609-848-1000
 
Journal of Nursing Staff Development
 
Trendlines Newsletter
800-489-1995
 
ACHNE Newsletter
847-375-4717
 
The Diabetes Educator Journal
 
AADE News
800-338-DMED