Nebraska has a shortage of nursing faculty in 15 of its nursing schools, which prevents the state from correcting its nursing shortage. This shortage is projected to reach 3,838 nurses by 2020 if nursing faculty numbers do not increase. Nebraska Universities have changed nursing programs to help nurses make the transition to a bachelor's degree seamlessly, as it is aligned with a nurse's prior education and experience.
If you are interested in getting your master's degree in nursing education, this is an exciting time to do so, as technology advances are increasing quickly. Is imperative that nursing education keep pace with the healthcare delivery system, and as a nursing instructor in Nebraska, you can help ensure this is the case. Students must develop strategies for coping with the sheer volume of information as medical knowledge is predicted to double every year. Nurse Educators will teach the nursing students of the future an expanded skill set to allow them to manage a highly complex patient care environment.
Nebraska has several colleges where you can attend full-time or part-time on campus or online for a graduate degree in nursing education. The programs typically take 24 to 30 months to complete if you attend full-time. Contact the schools below that offer graduate degrees in nursing education in Nebraska to get started.
The criteria for admission to a graduate nursing program in Nebraska is similar between universities and typically includes:
- Complete online application
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- BSN from an accredited University by CCNE and NLNAC
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
- Must have completed a nursing research course and a health assessment course
- Three letters of reference from faculty members, nursing managers or an advance practice nurse
- Personal statement that includes goals for nursing career
- Unencumbered RN license in state where you will satisfy clinical requirements
- If English is not your primary language, the TOEFL exam is required
- Some universities require an interview with the graduate faculty member
- The GRE is not required at most universities
The curriculum at most accredited universities begins with the typical MSN courses and is completed with the Nurse Educator track. Also, if you are a nurse who is completing your bachelor's degree, then you may be able to transition directly to an MSN program by using the bridge curriculum into the nurse educator program. The 18 semester credits required in the undergraduate bridge include leadership, statistics, research, health assessment and public/community health.
The RN to MSN Bridge Curriculum includes:
- Nursing Assessment for RNs
- Collaborative Nursing Leadership in a Global Society
- Community Health Nursing
- Introduction to Statistics
- Principles of research
The MSN Nurse Educator track includes:
- Issues in Advance Nursing Roles
- Advance Nursing Roles & Phenomena
- Measurement & Statistical Concepts for Data Interpretation
- Teaching–Learning Principles for Nursing Education
- Critical Appraisal of Knowledge for Practice
- Instructional Methods
- Synthesis and Use of Knowledge for Evidence-Based Practice
- Curriculum Program Development & Evaluation
- Practicum in Nursing Education
- Advanced Health Assessment/Pathophysiology/Pharmacology
- Capstone I & II
There are also nursing education doctorate programs in Nebraska where you can get your PhD or DNP. These higher degrees offer you the option of teaching positions in master's level programs, openings in nursing research and sometimes the opportunity to be published.
Once you graduate with your master's degree you may take the credential exam offered by the National League for Nursing, which is mark of professionalism. The Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) demonstrates your expertise in the field of nursing education.
Nebraska's Nurse Educators earned a mean annual income of $85,300 in May 2013 according to O'Net Online. As a nurse educator you may work in a variety of settings, which can include colleges, hospitals, clinics and other facilities that require Nurse Educator.
If you need financial assistance, go to the Financial Aid Office to complete a FAFSA application, which is a federal grant based on your income. This office will also help you get information about low interest loans, scholarships and grants. The Health Resources and Services Administration also has a loan repayment program where you may work as faculty in a Critical Shortage Facility for two years and will receive 60 percent of your unpaid nursing student loan.
Completing your education to become a Nurse Educator will help solve Nebraska's nursing shortage as you guide and mentor the nurses of tomorrow. Nurse educators tend to have a lot of career satisfaction, and you can also gain the respect of your peers.
Request information from Nebraska nursing schools that offer Master’s or Doctoral degrees in nursing education to learn more about options for becoming nursing faculty.