Nurse Educator Schools in Maine
Maine is a fantastic place to work as a practice nurse. If you’ve been working in this field for some time and considering a career change, nursing education may be the next viable step. This article will explain how you go about achieving that goal.
To work as a nurse educator in Maine, you will need a nursing undergraduate degree (which can be either an ADN or BSN), an RN license, and a master's degree (MSN) either in nursing education, or a regular MSN education concentration option. Doctorates (PhDs, DNPs, and EdDs) are also acceptable.
Online BSN to MSN Nurse Educator Programs
Maine has one online BSN to MSN nurse educator option (University of Maine) and one on campus. Students will cover courses in assessment and evaluation, healthcare education and teaching, curriculum design, and teaching strategies, among others.
- An accredited bachelor's degree in nursing
- A GPA of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale
- A stated minimum grade in some specified courses – statistics, biology, and other science-related
- A current and unencumbered RN license
- Application form and any required fees
Online Doctorate Nurse Educator Programs: DNP, Ph.D., or Ed.D.
The admission requirements for entering a doctorate program in nursing education are similar to the requirements for other nursing education programs but you will be required to hold a higher degree (MSN).
There are three doctorate programs for nursing education. The first is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), which is a degree reserved for practicing doctors. There are a few DNP programs available online, including at the University of Southern Maine.
The second is a Doctor of Nursing Philosophy (PhD). This degree is typically for those working toward a career in nursing research.
Some universities in some states offer online Doctor of Education (EdD) for nurse educators.
Maine-based nursing educators are required to follow some mandatory formal steps to work in this career. You will need an RN license and keep up with all the requirements to maintain it, even if you do not intend to practice as a nurse.
There is also nursing education certification available. Though not mandatory, it is advantageous to hold. Three types of certificates:
- If you will work in academia, you need the CNE type
- If you will work in professional clinical training, you need the CNEcl type
- There is also a novice-type certificate available called the CNEn. It's for those with under three years experience of in the other two types
These certificates also have minimum standards to maintain eligibility.
RN licensing in Louisiana costs$75 for the application and $200 to take the exam. Both endorsement and renewal (every two years) cost $75. The CNE cost is the same no matter where you are: $500 for non-members of NLN and $400 for NLN members.
Where might you apply your new skills in terms of your career? Some job areas you might consider:
- Academic teaching: Educating new nursing undergraduates and postgraduates. May also include other academic responsibilities such as research
- Professional education: Educating existing professionals from a clinic, hospital, or another health facility – upskilling, in technology, and more
- Private training provider: Here, you will educate medical and non-medical professionals (admin, sales) outside of a medical setting
- Charities: Aid workers (medical or otherwise)need education in things like CPR and equipment. You can also work in public awareness or lobbying decision-makers
Ready to find an online or campus-based nurse educator degree program in Maine? Explore our listings to find the perfect program that matches your academic goals and career aspirations.
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