Becoming a Nurse Educator in Louisiana

State Nursing Board: Louisiana State Board of Nursing

State Nurses Association: Louisiana Nurses Association

State Hospital Association: Louisiana Hospital Association

Nurse Educators are a vital component to the future of the nursing industry in Louisiana. As the healthcare workforce continues to grow in Louisiana, the demand for teachers to produce the next generation of qualified nurse professionals is also growing. If you have a love for teaching and are ready to make the transition into the field of education, then a master's of science degree in nursing (MSN) with a specialization in nursing education may be the degree for you.

Find out how earning your MSN degree can prepare you for a rewarding career in nursing education by contacting the schools you see below.

Master’s in Nursing Education in Louisiana Options

You can earn your master's degree in nursing while still maintaining your work schedule and family life by investing just a few hours of study time per week through an online program. If you haven't earned your bachelor's of science in nursing (BSN) degree, there are fully accredited RN to MSN bridge programs that allow you to quickly earn your MSN degree. With a bridge program, you can earn both degrees in a fraction of the time than that of traditional programs.

Your MSN in Nursing Education program in Louisiana is designed to complement your previous studies through advanced courses as well as building the foundation for teaching others. As a teacher, you will most likely be expected to develop lesson plans, teach courses, evaluate educational programs, oversee students’ clinical practice and serve as a role model to students under your supervision. You may teach general courses or you could focus on a specialization, such as pediatric nursing, obstetrics and gynecology, or nursing informatics.

Some example courses that you may take in an MSN program in LA are:

  • Health Care Policy & Ethics for Contemporary Nursing Practice
  • Theory and Professional Roles for Contemporary Nursing Practice
  • Principles of Health Care Research for Nursing Practice
  • Evidence-based Practice for Quality Care
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Application of Comprehensive Health Assessment Methods
  • Pharmacology for the Nurse Educator
  • Theoretical Basis of Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education
  • Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Care Management and Resources Across the Continuum
  • Disease Management and Outcomes Assessment
  • Nursing Education Role Practicum
  • Nursing Education Role Capstone

After graduating with your MSN, you will want to take a certified nurse educator examination from a professional organization like the National League of Nursing. Certification not only validates your knowledge, but it also enhances your resume.

Finances are arguably one of the largest factors that deter people from earning higher education. While there are several forms of financial aid, one of the most notable is the Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program (formerly the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program). This program helps nurse educators pay off 60 percent of their unpaid student loans in 2 years - and an additional 25 percent of the original balance for an optional third year.

Career Outlook for Nursing Instructors in Louisiana

A doctor of philosophy in nursing (PhD) is usually required if your are planning on teaching at one of the big universities. Earning your PhD is an option you may want to consider, but for many other institutions a MSN is sufficient education to become an entry level member of nursing faculty.

Your career is not limited to only teaching at colleges and universities. You can branch out to become a clinical nurse educator, a staff development officer, a continuing education specialist, or even a college dean. Some teachers work as dedicated, full-time educators and others work part time while continuing clinical employment and direct patient care. Even if you no longer actively practice as a nurse, as an educator you must stay current with new nursing methods, advancements and technologies by completing continuing education courses.

According to O*Net, the median annual salary of a nurse educator in Louisiana is $58,500. The growth in employment is projected to increase by 36.7 percent by 2022. This means there is a great opportunity for employment within the next few years.

Teaching is not for everyone. You have to have the knowledge, skills, and most importantly the ability to teach students. You may not know it, but your RN experience helps prepare you to be a nursing educator. RNs teach patients and their families how to manage their illness or injury, including how to administer medications and treatments. Why not take your career one step further and take a look at the MSN programs available to you in Louisiana.

Programs from Louisiana Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited Nurse Educator programs with campus locations in Louisiana.

Online programs may not be available in all areas

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Grambling State University (Grambling, LA)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing (Hammond, LA / Lafayette, LA / Lake Charles, LA)
Program Name: Nursing Education (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited