Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers

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Also known as:
Advanced Nursing Professor, Clinical Nursing Instructor, Clinical Nursing Professor, Registered Nursing Professor

ABOUT POSTSECONDARY NURSING INSTRUCTOR OR TEACHER CAREERS
Video transcript

The backbone of the medical profession is the nursing staff. The college-level courses that prepare student nurses for their career are taught by post-secondary nursing instructors and teachers. Teaching takes place both in the traditional classroom setting, where students learn the basics of patient care, and in the clinical units of hospitals, where instructors can present hands-on demonstrations.

To become an instructor, you need to know medical and nursing terminology, as well as have a strong understanding of institutional care procedures. So this is a career that usually requires formal education and extensive on-the-job experience.

A bachelor's degree is a prerequisite for admission into the graduate nursing programs needed for research or teaching positions. Some instructors teach full-time. Others do research in addition to their teaching duties. In either case, good communication skills are a must.

Part of the job deals with evaluating student progress. That means preparing examinations and grading academic performance. The instructor works with other nursing and medical personnel to plan the course curriculum and teaching schedules. The job may also require writing research or project grant proposals.

At present, many nursing job openings across the country go unfilled even though there are many trained nurses not working in the field for a variety of reasons. In addition, many qualified nurses are reaching retirement age and the need to replace them will put pressure on nursing programs. Therefore, there's a great need for qualified instructors and teachers to train future generations of these indispensible caregivers.

SNAPSHOT
Demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
HIGH
Competition for this position
MED
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

Coordinate training programs with area universities, clinics, hospitals, health agencies, or vocational schools.

Maintain a clinical practice.

Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.

Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.

Mentor junior and adjunct faculty members.

Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as pharmacology, mental health nursing, and community health care practices.

Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.

Participate in campus and community events.

Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
TOP SKILLS
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.