According to the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, the University of Wisconsin nursing schools have just received a $3.2 million nursing initiative fund for a UW System grant program that will be divided up between the four campuses. These funds will offer fellowships and loan forgiveness to entice nurses into graduate programs to become nursing instructors in Wisconsin.
Since Wisconsin is predicted to have a shortage of 20,000 nurses by 2035 these funds will help to ward off such a severe nursing shortage, according to the article. In the 2012-2013 semesters, 50 to 60 percent of qualified undergraduates were denied admission to graduate programs due to the shortage of Nurse Educators.
These MSN programs under development will also prepare students who wish to pursue their PhD or DNP. Pre-doctoral students will receive tuition, fees and stipends in exchange for a three-year commitment to teach at a UW System nursing program. If you pursue graduate education to become a Nurse Educator, you may be choosing a route that can result in a challenging and satisfying long term nursing career.
If you are interested in returning to school for a graduate degree there are several excellent colleges and universities in Wisconsin. Some of the CCNE accredited universities are:
- Bellin College of Nursing - Online Program Nurse Educator Track
- Concordia University–Wisconsin - Online Program Nurse Educator
- Edgewood College - Online Program Nursing Education
- Marian University of Fond du Lac – Online Program Nurse Educator
- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire - Nurse Educator
- Viterbo University - Online Program Nurse Educator
The admission requirements for MSN programs typically include:
- BSN degree from a program accredited by the (NLNAC) or (CCNE)
- GPA of 3.0 or higher
- An acceptable statistics course, which includes both descriptive and inferential statistics within the past five years with a B or better
- A 200–300 written statement describing academic interests and knowledge of online technology
- Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each previous college or university attended
- Three professional references which reflect current knowledge of your professional and/or academic skills
- Registered nurse experience is helpful but not always required
- Copy of current, unencumbered U.S. RN license
The curriculum of most MSN programs in Wisconsin may be completed in two or three years and requires approximately 40 credits. You can expect a curriculum that is similar to that outlined below, especially if you are heading into nursing education.
- Translational Scholarship
- Roles in Advance Nursing and Inter-professional Collaboration
- Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Roles Nurse Educator Practice Advancement
- Healthcare Informatics
- Advanced Health Assessment for CNLs and NEs
- Clinical Prevention and Population Health
- Quality Improvement & Safety
- Healthcare Systems Policy & Advocacy
- The Education Process in Nursing
- Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Roles
- Assessment and Evaluation Strategies in NE
- Advanced Educator Practicum (minimum 224 clinical hours)
- Clinical Paper/Thesis
The Bureau of Labor Statistics for May 2013 list a mean annual average wage of $70,200 for nursing instructors and teachers. Salaries for nurse educators depend upon a nurse's education, experience and their employer.
The Nurses Foundation of Wisconsin offers several grants and scholarships.for nurses who demonstrate the potential to make a contribution to nursing. If you are in a low income bracket visit the Financial Aid office at your university and complete a FAFSA application, which is a federal grant program. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has a long list of financial aids, scholarships and low-interest loans.
Becoming a Nurse Educator is a job that can benefit the nursing profession as a whole, the state of Wisconsin, and the health of your state overall.