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Postsecondary nursing instructors teach various aspects of patient care in classrooms and in clinical settings. They're teaching includes demonstrating patient care in hospital and clinics. Some instructors combine teaching with research. They teach undergraduate and graduate students subjects such as community healthcare, mental health nursing and pharmacology. Often, they supervise their students internships and research work.

The instructors need good communication and organization skills. They must stay current with the latest technologies and information by attending professional conferences and reading literature. In addition, some nursing instructors are involved with recruiting students.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare course materials
  • Supervise the students' clinical and laboratory work
  • Discuss with colleagues teaching and research topics
  • Offer students advice regarding academic issues
  • Provide career advice
  • Maintain office hours to assist students
  • Moderate classroom discussions
  • Evaluate students' work and provide grades
  • Revise the course content and methods of instruction
  • Maintain student records

Job Characteristics

Typically, full-time nursing instructors have flexible work schedules. Depending on the education setting, some instructors have classes at night and during the weekends, especially at community colleges and schools that have a large number of working adult students. Some of the instructors teach on a part-time basis.

Most colleges require their instructors to teach nine months per year. They're usually required to teach in classrooms from 12 to 16 hours each week and attend meetings. Most instructors provide office hours to assist students, which typically include three to six hours of their time each week. Beyond classroom time and office hours the instructors can mostly choose when they work and how much time to allocate to their various tasks.

Employment Outlook

In 2006 there were approximately 46,000 nursing instructor positions. In 2006, the median earnings for postsecondary nursing instructors was approximately $57,500. The middle 50 percent earned from $43,800 to $70,200. The wages for postsecondary nursing instructors vary by the type of school, the location and the school's ranking. In general, instructors at four-year colleges earn more than those teaching at community colleges.

Some instructors earn additional income from non-teaching work such as providing consultation services to government agencies and pertinent industries. In addition, the growth rate for the profession is expected to be faster than the average for all other types of employment.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

A master's degree is required for employment as a postsecondary nursing instructor. Some colleges and universities prefer to hire instructors with doctoral degrees for full-time teaching positions.

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Major Employers

Colleges, universities, professional schools and junior colleges are the major employers for postsecondary nursing instructors.

Schools for Postsecondary Nursing Instructors are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Postsecondary Nursing Instructors

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Postsecondary Nursing Instructors jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tuscaloosa 70 $77,540
Montgomery 40 $66,150
Mobile N/A $55,110
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 360 $70,100
Mesa 360 $70,100
Phoenix 360 $70,100
Tucson 190 N/A
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 230 $58,730
North Little Rock 230 $58,730
Little Rock 230 $58,730
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 2060 $84,960
Long Beach 2060 $84,960
Los Angeles 2060 $84,960
Riverside 540 $100,750
Ontario 540 $100,750
San Bernardino 540 $100,750
Carlsbad 270 $84,090
San Diego 270 $84,090
Stockton 120 $89,700
Lodi 120 $89,700
San Jose 100 N/A
Sunnyvale 100 N/A
Santa Clara 100 N/A
Fresno 80 $86,320
Napa 60 $64,420
Santa Maria 40 $105,590
Santa Barbara 40 $105,590
Visalia N/A $76,300
Porterville N/A $76,300
Salinas N/A $78,850
Hayward N/A $80,030
San Francisco N/A $80,030
Oakland N/A $80,030
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 770 $68,620
Aurora 770 $68,620
Denver 770 $68,620
Colorado Springs 150 $53,970
Pueblo 70 $54,260
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Haven 300 $78,570
Stamford 300 $81,180
Norwalk 300 $81,180
Bridgeport 300 $81,180
Hartford 270 $74,720
East Hartford 270 $74,720
West Hartford 270 $74,720
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 790 $74,350
Miami 790 $74,350
West Palm Beach 790 $74,350
St. Petersburg 500 $69,430
Clearwater 500 $69,430
Tampa 500 $69,430
Sanford 350 $64,310
Kissimmee 350 $64,310
Orlando 350 $64,310
Jacksonville 220 $72,050
Daytona Beach 140 $64,470
Deltona 140 $64,470
Ormond Beach 140 $64,470
Winter Haven 100 $73,000
Lakeland 100 $73,000
Tallahassee 90 $83,560
Titusville 80 $64,200
Palm Bay 80 $64,200
Melbourne 80 $64,200
Gainesville 80 $86,500
Cape Coral 70 $70,180
Fort Myers 70 $70,180
North Port 50 $46,000
Bradenton 50 $46,000
Sarasota 50 $46,000
Pensacola N/A $70,100
Ferry Pass N/A $70,100
Brent N/A $70,100
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 400 $63,130
Sandy Springs 400 $63,130
Atlanta 400 $63,130
Macon 50 $77,080
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 200 $72,650
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 80 $53,380
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 520 $70,000
Anderson 520 $70,000
Carmel 520 $70,000
West Lafayette 130 N/A
Lafayette 130 N/A
Muncie 80 N/A
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 110 $63,040
Des Moines 110 $63,040
Cedar Rapids 60 $61,320
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 70 $55,020
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 200 N/A
Lexington 200 N/A
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 440 $60,970
Metairie 290 $57,680
New Orleans 290 $57,680
Lafayette 140 $71,200
Bossier City N/A $55,130
Shreveport N/A $55,130
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bangor 40 $65,010
South Portland N/A $67,460
Portland N/A $67,460
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson N/A $76,990
Columbia N/A $76,990
Baltimore N/A $76,990
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 460 $77,420
Warren 460 $77,420
Detroit 460 $77,420
Wyoming 110 $67,960
Grand Rapids 110 $67,960
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
North Mankato 100 N/A
Mankato 100 N/A
St. Cloud N/A $77,890
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 190 $73,890
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 40 N/A
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 50 $59,360
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 220 $72,160
Henderson 220 $72,160
Las Vegas 220 $72,160
Reno 70 $76,120
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 50 $66,730
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton N/A $75,530
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 80 $73,460
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 430 $81,610
Cheektowaga 280 $70,340
Buffalo 280 $70,340
Niagara Falls 280 $70,340
Troy 190 $62,860
Schenectady 190 $62,860
Albany 190 $62,860
Binghamton 130 $87,500
Syracuse 120 $70,920
Rome 60 $68,900
Utica 60 $68,900
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Chapel Hill 200 $74,710
Durham 200 $74,710
Winston 160 $50,820
Salem 160 $50,820
Asheville 90 $63,660
Raleigh 80 $76,460
Morganton 60 $54,270
Lenoir 60 $54,270
Hickory 60 $54,270
Greensboro N/A $61,960
High Point N/A $61,960
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 570 $67,070
Cleveland 570 $67,070
Columbus 500 $73,190
Massillon 160 $59,300
Canton 160 $59,300
Akron 140 $72,420
Dayton N/A $62,530
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 460 $56,740
Tulsa 130 $56,410
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 660 $67,920
Hazleton 170 $69,560
Wilkes 170 $69,560
Barre 170 $69,560
Scranton 170 $69,560
Harrisburg 160 $58,780
Carlisle 160 $58,780
Johnstown 80 $69,330
Erie N/A $65,380
Reading N/A $69,300
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 540 $37,070
Carolina 540 $37,070
San Juan 540 $37,070
Ponce 190 $32,420
Arecibo 70 $32,090
Mayag�ez 70 $38,280
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 230 $68,420
Mauldin 180 $72,870
Anderson 180 $72,870
Greenville 180 $72,870
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 230 $66,940
Murfreesboro 230 $66,940
Davidson 230 $66,940
Nashville 230 $66,940
Knoxville 90 $60,000
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 920 $59,190
Fort Worth 920 $59,190
Dallas 920 $59,190
Houston 530 $71,520
Sugar Land 530 $71,520
The Woodlands 530 $71,520
San Antonio 510 $61,450
New Braunfels 510 $61,450
Round Rock 220 $61,600
Austin 220 $61,600
Tyler 140 N/A
El Paso 140 $67,560
Odessa 120 $56,750
Amarillo 110 $58,450
Temple 80 $61,150
Killeen 80 $61,150
Beaumont 70 $56,840
Port Arthur 70 $56,840
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 280 $73,080
Clearfield 120 $64,270
Ogden 120 $64,270
Provo 100 $77,130
Orem 100 $77,130
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 250 $50,310
Blacksburg 230 N/A
Radford 230 N/A
Christiansburg 230 N/A
Lynchburg 60 $46,560
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 690 $66,040
Tacoma 690 $66,040
Seattle 690 $66,040
Spokane Valley N/A $53,500
Spokane N/A $53,500
Olympia N/A $54,670
Tumwater N/A $54,670
Bellingham N/A $59,120
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Beckley 50 $53,140
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 700 $67,650
Waukesha 700 $67,650
Milwaukee 700 $67,650
Madison 190 $74,270

Most Popular Industries for :
Postsecondary Nursing Instructors

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Education 42,250 90% $57,820
Hospital 4,200 9% $72,060
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