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Extensive media coverage has brought our nation’s nurse shortage into the spotlight. But not as many people know that the U.S. also faces a shortage of nurse educators — which threatens to exacerbate the nurse shortage in the future.
A number of factors have caused the nurse educator shortage, including:
As schools recognize the importance of nurse educators, however, salaries have risen. In addition, online nursing degree programs, tuition assistance and the quality and prevalence of online nursing master’s degree programs make it easier than ever for RNs to enter the academic environment.
Some benefits of becoming a nurse educator include:
Additionally, today’s nurse educators often have opportunities to specialize as both an educator and a clinician, enjoying the best of both nursing worlds.
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