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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.

Postsecondary Nursing Instructors Skills

Below are the skills needed to be postsecondary nursing instructors according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Skill NameImportanceCompetence
Speaking4.254.75
Instructing4.124.62
Active Learning44.38
Active Listening44.5
Critical Thinking44.38

Postsecondary Nursing Instructors Abilities

Below are the abilities needed to be postsecondary nursing instructors according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Ability NameImportanceCompetence
Oral Expression4.255.12
Deductive Reasoning44.12
Inductive Reasoning44.25
Oral Comprehension45.12
Problem Sensitivity44.38

Postsecondary Nursing Instructors Knowledge

Below are the knowledge areas needed to be postsecondary nursing instructors according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Knowledge AreaImportanceCompetence
Education and Training4.726.59
Medicine and Dentistry4.654.5
English Language4.645.82
Psychology4.395.48
Customer and Personal Service4.255.7

Postsecondary Nursing Instructors Work activities

Below are the work activities involved in being postsecondary nursing instructors according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work ActivityImportanceCompetence
Training and Teaching Others4.835.95
Making Decisions and Solving Problems4.55.71
Assisting and Caring for Others4.465.49
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge4.426.03
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships4.355.35

Postsecondary Nursing Instructors Work styles

Below are the work styles involved in being postsecondary nursing instructors according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work StyleImportance
Integrity4.84
Initiative4.72
Concern for Others4.71
Dependability4.68
Cooperation4.64

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Postsecondary Nursing Instructors

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Postsecondary Nursing Instructors jobs , as of 2017

   
Metro AreaTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim1,570 N/A
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood900 $67,980
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue700 $81,340
Pittsburgh690 $67,430
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington690 $74,750
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson690 $92,620
San Juan-Carolina-Caguas660 $33,990
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach660 $77,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell660 $78,280
Cleveland-Elyria640 $68,820

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Source : 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

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