Nurse educators are experienced nurses who teach nursing students how to deliver excellent care in a variety of medical settings. Working as a nursing faculty member can be very rewarding, especially if you enjoy mentoring students and contributing to the future of the nursing profession. Before applying for nurse educator positions, you must meet some minimum requirements. Learn more about them so you understand how to achieve your career goals.
To find nurse educator degree programs in Vermont, simply check into the schools listed on this page. We recommend that you obtain program information about several different nursing education degrees in Vermont and beyond, in order to compare your options thoroughly.
Nursing Education Degrees in Vermont
If you want to become a nurse educator, you will need to have an active nursing license. Many programs also require a minimum of a bachelor's degree, but there are RN to MSN and RN to DNP bridge programs available if you want to complete a baccalaureate degree and an advanced degree in just a few years. To be admitted to a nurse educator graduate program, you must also have a clean criminal record. When you are ready to apply, you may be asked to submit transcripts, personal references, proof of licensure, and a personal statement to each school. Check with the Vermont nursing schools on this page to find out the exact application requirements.
A master's degree is the minimum requirement to become a nursing instructor, but a doctoral degree is required for some positions. Obtaining a master's degree may open up job opportunities teaching in LPN and RN programs, while a doctorate of nursing practice or PhD may give you the opportunity to teach at the graduate level. Your degree program may include coursework in nursing informatics, nursing theory, nursing research, instructional design, and teaching methods. Before you graduate, you may also be required to complete a seminar, clinical practicum, or capstone project demonstrating what you have learned.
The Vermont State Nurses' Association offers scholarships for nurses who want to continue their education. The Pat and Frank Allen Scholarship is awarded to a registered nurse enrolled in an accredited baccalaureate or graduate nursing program. The amount of the award is $1,500.
The Judy Cohen Scholarship is also given to a registered nurse enrolled in an accredited nursing program at the undergraduate or graduate level. The scholarship is worth $2,000. Preference is given to members of the VSNA, but membership is not a requirement. If you are a member of the VSNA, you may be eligible for the Arthur L. Davis Scholarship. This award is available to a registered nurse who is active in a professional nursing organization and a member of the VSNA.
BestNursingDegree.com also offers a nursing scholarship which is awarded quarterly to students entering a nursing program, including those listed on this page. We encourage you to apply!
Working in Nursing Education in Vermont
Nurse educators are responsible for teaching nursing students, promoting the profession, and performing other duties in an academic setting. You may be required to help nursing students choose their courses or prepare for state nursing examinations. Some nurse educators also have grant-writing duties, but this will depend on your employer.
If you are required to supervise student nurses, you may spend some of your time in the classroom and some in a hospital or other clinical setting. You may also be required to alter your schedule so that you can supervise nursing students who are assigned to evening or overnight shifts. Some schools are now using hands-on simulation to teach patient care skills, so be prepared to learn how to operate the simulation equipment and provide feedback to students.
Mary Val Palumbo, a University of Vermont associate professor, says over one-third of the school's nursing faculty members are over the age of 60. Of the approximately 5,000 nurses working in Vermont, more are over the age of 60 than under the age of 30. As older nurses retire, there will not be enough younger nurses to fill their positions. Additionally, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports that 429 qualified applicants were denied admission to baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in Vermont in 2013 due to a lack of nursing faculty members.
The Vermont Educational Loan Repayment Program for Nurses is available to licensed practical nurses and registered nurses who work at an eligible work site. If you are selected for this program, you must work for an average of 20 clinical hours per week and a total of 45 weeks out of the service year. If you are willing to accept a part-time faculty position so you have time to work the minimum number of hours required, this is a good way to gain experience as a nurse educator and pay off your loans quickly. Temporary nurses, per diem nurses, and contracted nurses are not eligible for this program. If you qualify for this program, you may be eligible for up to $10,000 in loan repayment assistance per year. The funds are paid directly to lenders, not disbursed directly to qualified nurses.