Practical tips for novice nurse educators
I CHOSE TO LEAVE the bedside as a critical care nurse and become a nurse educator for many reasons: to engage in a continuous learning process, to share recent and advanced nursing knowledge with colleagues and students, to develop meaningful connections within the nursing community, to inspire and motivate future nurses toward a teaching career, and to learn from students. A teaching career has many benefits for nurses. For example, it can provide a sense of personal satisfaction, a flexible schedule, autonomous decision making, opportunities for research and scholarly work, and connections with like-minded scholars and colleagues.1 I encourage nurses with an interest in and passion for teaching to consider becoming nurse educators.
In this article, I critically analyze my teaching perspectives, experiences, and approaches through the lenses of various teaching and learning theories, and through comparison with the World Health Organization Nurse Educator Core Competencies.2 This analysis results in three practical tips for nurses who intend to pursue a teaching career.