Gov. Brianne Sandoval of Nevada recently signed a new law to improve the consumers access to primary care, which was a key priority of the Nevada Action Coalition. The nurses that champion the transformation of healthcare are part of an action coalition that began by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. This is part of a national effort backed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP. Nevada's nurses and the action coalitions are working hard to deliver high quality care for patients by increasing the number of nurses with higher degrees.
The Nevada Action Coalition has also worked to remove barriers for nurses to obtain higher levels of education, and they have embraced online education as well. The nursing shortage in Nevada is critical, and the lack of Nurse Educators is a major part of the problem. If you are considering getting your graduate degree, then consider becoming a Nurse Educator to help with the shortage in nursing, and you may be able to take advantage of one of the scholarships for nursing education.
Nevada has several accredited Nurse Educator online programs, and you can request information directly from our site to learn more about each option.
The entrance criteria is similar for most graduate nursing programs in Nevada and includes:
- Bachelor's degree in nursing from accredited university
- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Unencumbered RN license in state where clinical work is completed
- Two or three letter of recommendation from a source that can speak to applicant's ability to do graduate work
- If English is not your first language, you must take the TOEFL exam
- Some universities ask for a statement of purpose
- GRE required at some universities
The curriculum for a Graduate Nurse Educator degree in Nevada typically requires 48 to 56 credits as well as clinical hours for graduation. The core curriculum includes:
- Orientation to Graduate Nursing Study
- Advanced Physical Assessment for Nurses
- Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
- Advanced Pharmacology for the Nurse Professional
- Principles of Advance Nursing Practice
- Advanced Leadership for Contemporary Nursing
- Nursing Technology and Evidence-Based Practice
- Practice Immersion
- Nursing Capstone Project
The specialized nursing education courses in a Nevada MSN program may include:
- Role of the Nurse Educator
- Teaching and Learning Strategies
- Curriculum Theory, Frameworks and Design
- Systems for Nurse Educators
- Assessment and Evaluation and Health Education
These nursing courses require approximately 10 to 12 hours of study per week, so most students take only one to two courses at a time. One advantage of online programs is the flexibility, which is particularly important if you are working or have personal obligations. Time management is essential regardless due to the courses study hours and the clinical hours.
After graduation you are eligible to take the National League for Nursing examination to receive the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential. As nursing education as a specialty area of practice this credential is a mark of your professionalism that looks good on your resume.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Nursing Instructors and Teachers earned a mean annual income of $70,200 in May 2013. There are some advantages specific to Nurse Educators, such as job security, flexible scheduling is common and child care is frequently offered.
If you have a master's degree in nursing you can get an Advanced Graduate Certificate or a doctorate degree, which may position you to teach masters level programs, work in nursing research or in other exciting careers.
If you need assistance with tuition, visit the Financial Aid Office and complete a FAFSA application, which is a federal grant program based on income. Nevada also has a college scholarship and free gift aid program for eligible students.
The federal government has low interest loans and a loan repayment program that is called Nurse Corps. This program is for Nurse Educators that are willing to work as faculty in a Critical Shortage Facility for two years to receive up to 60 percent of your qualifying student loan.
Nurse Educators in surveys have indicated they are very satisfied with their chosen career. When you become a Nurse Educator you are not only helping the field of nursing, you will also earn the respect of your peers and help to guide the next generation of nurses. Contact the schools in Nevada with MSN in Education degrees today to get more information.