By Dr. Betty Leslie
MSN Program Director
Teaching the next generation of nurses is perhaps the noblest mission that any nurse could accomplish in a lifetime. The effects of teaching nurses are far-reaching: the student nurse and the many patients that will receive care over a lifetime as a result. Presentation College is launching its Master of Science in Nursing program in 2018 and could not be happier to begin a Nurse Educator track. The National League for Nursing shares in the vision of nursing education.
What are some of the benefits of becoming a nurse educator? Although there are many, here are just a few. If you are a nurse who thrives in being autonomous, a career as a nurse educator offers this. Nurse educators are ideally positioned to conduct research for future generations of nurse educators and nursing students and to publish—both of which advance nursing as a profession.
Nurse educators experience flexibility in their careers. Now with online education thriving, there are no barriers to classrooms. Nurse educators can teach from anywhere in the world and their students are located all around the globe. Technology connects us.
The joy that comes from teaching enthusiastic minds is one that cannot be measured. It is a feeling like no other. Knowing that you impacted someone’s life who will then go out and serve many others provides great joy.
Nurse educators are truly shaping the future of healthcare. At this time in healthcare, nurses have more opportunities than ever before to impact the healthcare system as patient advocates. There are more nurses than any other healthcare discipline and the need for nurses is growing rapidly. There is a shortage of nurse educators and a shortage of nurses. If we do not have enough nurse educators, we cannot expand capacity in nursing programs across the nation to educate more nurses just as the Institute of Medicine, the National Institute of Health, the National League for Nursing, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing have called nursing programs to do. We simply must educate more nurses as a nation. There is job security in nursing education as the need currently exists and is projected to grow stronger.
All of these reasons to become a nurse educator must resonate personally with the nurse who is interested in nursing education. You get to teach what you love: nursing. So, if a nurse loves this noble profession and wants to shape healthcare for friends, neighbors, communities around the globe….then nursing education just might be for you!