Delaware is the sixth most densely populated state in the U.S., and the state, like many others, is experiencing a nursing shortage. The Delaware Action Coalition is busy transforming healthcare as they work with diverse stakeholders creating and modeling new solutions with nurses leading the way. They realize healthcare is rapidly becoming more complex with a diverse population, and their goal is to prepare nurses to be as effective as possible. Their aim is also to promote higher levels of education and training by improving the educational system for nurses. All of this is geared to increase both the number and quality of nurses in Delaware, while increasing the number of nursing educators as well.
If you are looking to enter the field of nursing education, have a look at the nursing schools in Delaware that offer Educator routes and request additional information from those that interest you.
Several graduate nursing programs in Delaware are offered online, and this can be an advantage if you are considering returning to college for your master's degree. Nurse Educators are the key to the success of nurses in the ever changing healthcare environment, and the more easily you can enter this professional nursing field, the more of a different you can make.
One of the primary drivers of the lack of qualified nurses in DE is a shortage of Nurse Educators, and if you think you would enjoy teaching nursing students, then this may be the perfect time to return to school. Job security is certainly one advantage of becoming a Nurse Educator. Nurses with master's degrees may also return to school for their PhD or their DNP to work in the clinical field or in research, which can broaden both your qualifications and potential schools at which you may apply for teaching positions.
The admission criteria for most MSN in Nursing Education programs in Delaware requires the following criteria:
- Satisfactory performance in undergraduate academic work as well as in upper division nursing courses
- Official transcript showing conferral of a BSN from an accredited nursing program
- Three satisfactory academic and or professional references
- Submission of a personal resume
- Licensure as a Registered Nurse in Delaware, which is one of the compact states
- One year of recent clinical experience in a related specialty area prior to starting clinical courses for the CNS or NP concentrations and one year of management experience in the health related field
- International students must demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in English language by taking the TOEFL test
If you are returning to school for your PhD you must have a master's degree in nursing or other health related discipline and a GRE score of 1050 on math and verbal sections combined within the last five years.
The online nursing education programs in Delaware offer a curriculum is often delivered as a technology-based learning model. The flexibility of online master’s in nursing programs can be very helpful for you if you have family or work commitments that affect your schedule.
The average credit hours required for the completion of a master's program is usually around 40, and they typically include:
- Analysis of Theories in Nursing
- Research in Nursing
- Theory and Research Application in Nursing
- Role of the Nurse Educator
- Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse Educators
- Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Educators
- Advanced Assessment for Nurse Educators
- Special Topics in Clinical Practice
- Curriculum Development and Evaluation
- Nursing Informatics
- Teaching/Learning Theories, Strategies and Evaluation
- Simulation Application in Nursing
- Nursing Education Practicum
The number of clinical hours required may vary between universities, but approximately 300 hours is quite common. You will be assigned to a preceptor who will guide you through your clinical requirements and advise you as to the settings and topics that you will need to adhere to.
Upon graduation you are eligible to take the credential exam offered by the National League for Nursing (NLN) organization. This credential is a true mark of professionalism that establishes nursing education as a specialty role of practice. The fee for NLN members is $375, and $475 for non-members.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the mean annual income for nurse educators in Delaware is $70,200 as of May, 2013. There are also benefits that nurse educators often enjoy, which may include a flexible schedule, child care and the satisfaction of teaching nursing students to function in a fast paced, quickly changing healthcare environment.
If you are need assistance with your tuition expenses, complete a FAFSA application, which is a federal grant program based on income. Universities have scholarships and assistant-ships available for graduate nursing students. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration also offers low interest loans and loan repayment programs, which allow you to work in one of their facilities for two years, and you can receive 60 percent of your tuition loans.
Nurse Educators will lead the changing face of healthcare in the future. This is a challenging career that will earn you the respect of your peers and can help shape the nurses of the future. To learn more, simply contact the schools you find on this page and submit a request for additional information.
Listed below are all of the nationally accredited Nurse Educator programs with campus locations in Delaware.