Nursing Instructors

Nursing instructors teach patient care to nursing students in classroom and clinical settings. They demonstrate care methods and monitor hands-on learning by their students. They instruct students in the principles and applications of biological and psychological subjects related to nursing. Some nursing instructors specialize in teaching specific areas of nursing such as surgical or oncological nursing.

Nursing instructors may be full professors, assistant professors, instructors, or lecturers, depending on their education and the facilities' nursing programs. There are approximately 56,270 nursing instructors employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Instruct and assess nursing students in anatomy, chemistry, nutrition, and other subjects; teach strategies for caring for patients; act as a mentor to students, providing emotional and educational support; work with local hospitals and community health-care centers to help create the nursing curriculum
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Several years' nursing and teaching experience
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Professor of Nursing
  • Associate Profesor of Nursing
  • Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Nursing Instructor
  • Adjunct Nursing Instructor

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