Oct 26, 2021
Developing a Nursing Philosophy As nurses we develop our own philosophy about our role as a nurse. For some, this philosophy is steeped in the tradition of the nursing program we attended. For most of us, it has evolved over time as we gained experience and developed specializations. We may not always articulate a clear philosophy, but each nurse does have a system of beliefs and values about health, health care, nursing, and his or her role as a nurse that guide nursing practice.
Educational theories and strategies can be applied in nursing education. Some are more applicable than others, depending on the individual nurse educator role. Knowing education theories and strategies is valuable as you determine your own path as a nurse educator and the areas that will be your focus within nursing and health care.
Nurse Educator Competencies for Academia As an academic nurse educator or nursing faculty member, it is necessary to have a combination of skills. The nursing skills that we have learned and developed over time are extremely important as we teach others to become nurses or teach nurses to develop new skills and acquire further education. We also, however, need skills to teach, critique, and offer guidance to students; evaluate student performance; develop curriculum; and advance our professional knowledge.
The challenge for academic nurse educators in this time of rapid practice changes is to be teaching a bit ahead of the curve so that new graduates at all levels are prepared for the advancements in the practice world.
The National League for Nursing (NLN) has identified competencies for academic nurse educators and at the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential that is offered by the NLN, saying:
For academic nurse educators, it [the Certified Nurse Educator credential] establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. By becoming credentialed as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), you serve as a leader and a role model. (n.d., para. 2)
Nurse Educator Competencies for Staff and Hospital Educators Nurses in staff development specialist and hospital educator positions are very much nurse educators, but the scope of their practice and areas of responsibility will differ, often depending on the demands of the health care organization and the specialties of the individual nurse educators, and will also differ from educators working in academic environments.
Some nurse educators in these roles will hold certifications in specific nursing specialties to demonstrate their skill and competence in those areas. Other nurse educators who focus more broadly on staff development will be interested in the American Nurses Associations Professional Development Specialist certification.
As health care expands into community services, wellness and prevention services, and a myriad of other areas, nurse educators have expanding roles as well.
For some, this includes nurse navigator positions that will focus on working with patients with chronic or severe illnesses and guiding them through the health care system. Other nurse educators may become case managers or work in the health care industry developing tools and educating medical and nursing staff, as well as health care consumers, on various health- related products.
The field of nursing education continues to expand, and there will continue to be a variety of opportunities where the nurse educator competencies will be a good fit.
Reference National League for Nursing. (n.d.). Professional development programs: Certification for nurse
- Assessment 3 Context
- Developing a Nursing Philosophy
- Nurse Educator Competencies for Academia
- Nurse Educator Competencies for Staff and Hospital Educators
- National League for Nursing. (n.d.). Professional development programs: Certification for nurse educators.