Preparation for the nurse educator role varies by role and teaching site. Nurses with professional preparation are needed to serve as instructors in the practice field, clinical preceptors, staff development officers, and faculty in associate degree and allied nursing programs.

Future faculty pursuing a master’s degree are advised to specialize and subspecialized in a clinical area to promote optimal health and well-being and teaching within the rules and discipline manner, not the process of teaching. Individuals pursuing full-time faculty roles should have additional preparation in the art and science of teaching (i.e., pedagogy, curriculum development, student assessment) to better convey their clinical mastery to nursing students. This additional preparation may occur in formal course work as part of a clinically-focused master’s program or completed separately from the graduate degree.

Toward applying practitioner nurses and advance practitioner nursing which supports the filed of clinical shortages.