As you reflect on this week’s readings, discuss the most important competencies a Master’s prepared nurse leader should have for your chosen specialty CSM, INF, NED. How do these competencies guide your own practice? Does your career plan include the competencies you have identified? How important is specialty certification for today’s master’s prepared nurse?
Nurse Educators combine clinical expertise with a passion for teaching. Educators are responsible for preparing new nurses and advancing the development of practicing healthcare provider, nurse educators possess a solid clinical background, strong communication skills, and a high level of cultural competence. Educators must be flexible enough to adapt curriculum and teaching methods in response to innovations in nursing science and ongoing changes in the practice environment. Within this role, as a nursing professionals I look forward to enjoying opportunities to conduct research, publish articles in scholarly journals, speak at nursing conferences, serve as consultants to education and healthcare institutions, write grant proposals, shape public policy, and engage in community service. Given the ongoing shortage of nurse faculty, the job outlook for those seeking careers in nursing education is bright with a growing demand for individuals needed to teach in schools of nursing, hospitals, public health agencies, and other settings. (Salminen, Minna, Sanna, Jouko, & Helena, 2013 Nov)
Preparation for the nurse educator role varies by role and teaching site. Nurses with master’s preparation are needed to serve as instructors in the practice setting, clinical preceptors, staff development educators, and faculty in associate degree and allied nursing programs. Nurses seeking full-time faculty positions in four-year colleges and universities should pursue doctoral preparation. Master’s prepared nurses are advised to obtain specialized certifications in a clinical area or research within the discipline,...
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