Summary of occupation
A nurse educator is responsible for the design, planning, implementation and assessment of teaching and learning for nurses within hospitals and health care facilities. They make sure that nurses keep up to date with advances in nursing, and help nurses plan their continuing professional development.
Nurse educators coordinate and assess nurses’ clinical competencies to ensure that nurses deliver safe and effective nursing care. They may also manage educational resources for nurses within the hospital or healthcare facility, and may undertake their own research.
Designs, plans, implements and evaluates the delivery of nursing education and staff development programs, and manages educational resources.
Clinical Nurse Educator, Staff Development Nurse
Nurse educators may work in private or public hospitals, aged care homes or other health service facilities to assist in nursing staff development or to organise clinical learning activities.
Nurse educators usually work regular business hours, but may be required to work shift work when employed in hospitals.
On average, nurse educators and researchers can expect to earn approximately $1 844 per week ($95 867 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.
Nurse educators regularly use computers and office equipment, as well as educational resources.
Nurse educators may use advanced patient simulation mannequins to imitate emergencies and demonstrate aspects of nursing care.
To become a nurse educator you must first become a qualified registered nurse. You must also gain sufficient practical experience as a nurse, and usually need to complete postgraduate study in nursing and education.
Edith Cowan University offers an 18 month Master of Nurse Education. Contact the university for more information.
To work as a nurse in Western Australia, you must obtain professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, and hold a current Working with Children clearance issued by the Working with Children Screening Unit of the Department of Community Services.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.