Nurse educators serve as teachers, preceptors and mentors


ur nurse educator colleagues are an important part of our nursing careers. From the fi rst day of nursing school to the day we defend our disser-

tation, they are there for us. But how much do we know about their roles? Nurse educators are academic and clinical specialists

working in classrooms, online and in practice settings. Prepared at the master’s or doctoral level, they serve

as faculty in colleges, universities, hospital schools of nursing, or as nurse educators, nurse clinicians or staff development educators in the practice arena. Some teach at the associate or baccalaureate level,

others at the master’s or doctoral level, and their respon- sibilities can include curriculum and content develop- ment, research, didactic and clinical teaching, testing and student evaluation. In the practice setting, whether acute, home care, long-

term care or in the community, they are our teachers, preceptors, mentors, advisers and coaches. They’re the ones who orient us when we get to our fi rst job, test us and clear us for work, teach our in-service classes, train us on new equipment and procedures, and keep us current with CE requirements. They have strong leadership, communication, critical-thinking and people skills. They’re committed to our growth, development and lifelong learning. They’re with us throughout our careers as we take on new roles, hone our skills and advance our education, and they’re well-equipped to do it all. They are educated, engaged and enthusiastic about what they do. They play an

important part in our education and work life as nurses. What would we do without them?

This special edition brings you the following features:

• An infographic on how nurse educators feel about their roles; • A look at the benefi ts of in- ternational clinical experience for senior nursing students; • Career-shift strategies for nurses switching specialties; • Information on how nurses can take charge of their own health. •

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National Association of Hispanic Nurses Executive Director Celia Trigo Besore, MBA, CAE; National Black Nurses Association Executive Director Millicent Gorham, MBA; Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses CEO Linda Groah, MS, RN, FAAN; The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future Director Andrea Higham; Emergency Nurses Association Executive Director Susan M Hohenhaus, LPD, RN, CEN, FAEN; National Student Nurses Association Executive Director Diane J. Mancino, EdD, RN, CAE; CGFNS International, Inc. CEO Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN; American Organization of Nurse Executives CEO Pamela Thompson, MS, RN, FAAN; Sigma Theta Tau International CEO Patricia Thompson, EdD, RN, FAAN; American Association of Colleges of Nursing CEO Deborah E. Trautman, PhD, RN; American Nurses Association CEO Marla Weston, PhD, RN.

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