The critical shortage of nurses in healthcare today is due in part to the shortage of qualified nurse educators to teach tomorrow's nurses.
If you are a Registered Nurse and interested in a career in teaching, consider earning your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as an Educator.
Nurse Educators are employed in many educational settings including colleges, universities, hospital-based nursing schools and other post-secondary institutions. As a nurse faculty member, you will impart valuable knowledge and skills to future nurses - based on your own education and experience.
This program format caters to working nurses and allows them to balance educational goals with personal and professional responsibilities.
Nursing salaries for nurse educators vary widely in the U.S. and are based upon many factors including geography, job description, specialty and experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary in May 2015 for Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers in the United States was $67,480 per year, with a much faster than average projected job growth of 19 percent between 2014 and 2024.
NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.
NMC encourages students to apply for all types of assistance for which they are qualified. Potential resources for this program include:
Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Aimed at increasing the number of qualified nurse faculty, NFLP loans cover the cost of tuition, fees and books for part-time or full-time enrollment.
Following completion of the advanced education program, up to 85% of the loan may be cancelled if the borrower works as a full-time nurse faculty for a prescribed period of time.
Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about what's available and how to apply.
Contact your organization's human resources office to find out what's available.
Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet. Under Human Resources select either MHS Benefits or MJE Benefits then scroll down to Pursuing Your Dreams.
Visit our Scholarships page to learn more.
Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
To be considered for admission the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:
All MSN students are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change.
A student must earn a minimum of 36 total credit hours to be eligible for the Master of Science in Nursing degree. All course requirements as outlined below must be met.
Prerequisites: To be taken first semester or by permission
Prerequisites: NRS 509 or by permission
Prerequisites: NRS 509 & NRS 513, or by permission
Prerequisites: NRS 509 & NRS 513, or by permission
Prerequisites: NRS 509, NRS 513, NRS 516, or by permission
Prerequisites: NRS 509, NRS 513, NRS 517, or by permission
Prerequisites: All program course work except NRS 524, NRS 592, and NRS 594, or by permission
Prerequisites: All program course work except NRS 592 and NRS 594, or by permission
Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN Program or by permission
Prerequisites: Typically taken in the second-to-last semester, or by permission
Prerequisites: Typically taken in the last semester, or by permission
Graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing will:
1. Translate and integrate scholarship as a foundation for nursing and healthcare.
a) Address ethical issues related to scholarship.
b) Build on clinical expertise focusing on a population of interest.
c) Demonstrate use of the research process.
d) Integrate theory and research outcomes into nursing administration, education, informatics or practice.
e) Contribute to quality improvement and population health by embracing change and innovation through evidence-based nursing and interprofessional collaboration.
2. Embrace the roles of the nurse educator, executive, or informaticist to facilitate learning and change.
a) Develop a personal philosophy as a nurse educator, executive, or informaticist.
b) Develop the capacity for recognizing and reflecting on problems that fall outside current knowledge.
c) Serve in the role of educator, executive, or informaticist and role model when working with students, staff, peers, and other constituencies.
d) Promote critical thinking in those that they educate and serve.
e) Engage in professional development as a nurse educator, executive, or informaticist.
f) Foster professional role development through leadership, collaborative skills, and relationship development with peers, students/personnel, clients, colleagues, and members of the interprofessional team.
g) Model self-reflection and lifelong learning.
h) Effectively participate in curriculum/program design and evaluation of outcomes.
3. Value social, political, legal and ethical influences that impact nursing practice and nursing education.
a) Evaluate the process of ethical decision making.
b) Apply ethical principles in the role of educator, executive, or informaticist.
c) Advocate for public policy that promotes and protects the health of the public.
d) Formulate strategies that respond to policy changes that impact health and education.
e) Analyze the impact of access on the health of populations.
4. Appreciate the impact of diversity within nursing and the global community
a) Examine personal thinking for clarity, objectivity and bias.
b) Demonstrate behaviors and attitudes that support respect, reciprocal learning, and advocacy related to human differences.
c) Coach others to improve sensitivity and acceptance of diverse individuals and groups.
d) Develop culturally competent educational/workplace practices.
5. Demonstrate competency in developing an effective professional nursing environment.
a) Analyze the issues related to the use of advanced technology.
b) Integrate informatics and current and emerging technologies into practice enhancing patient outcomes.
c) Communicate effectively based on the context of the situation.
d) Develop networks, collaboratives, partnerships, and interprofessional relationships to enhance nursing's influence within the academic/healthcare community and the broader community.
e) Develop skills for working within an institution and a system of governance.
Our goal is for NMC graduate students to articulate and demonstrate growth through written communication, collaboration, and synthesis of knowledge.
Your statement should be substantial and professionally written including the appropriate formatting and grammar. Each response should be two to three paragraphs. When drafting your written statement, please cite any sources using APA format if applicable. Also, know that instances of plagiarism within an applicant's written statement will disqualify them for acceptance to Nebraska Methodist College due to the College's commitment to academic integrity and stringent plagiarism policies.
Written Statements should be submitted to: email@example.com for review. Should a statement not be to our standards you will be asked to review your work.
The focus for your statement is to address the following questions:
What changes will be needed from you both personally and professionally to be successful in the Master of Science in Nursing Program at Nebraska Methodist College?
Please describe your future goals as it pertains to your acceptance into the Master of Science in Nursing Program with your specific track in mind (Executive, Educator or Informatics). What do you hope to achieve with your new degree?