With colleges and hospitals experiencing a shortage of qualified nursing educators, now is a vital time for nursing education programs. This shortage can limit student capacity, which, in turn, can create a shortage of nurses.
Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN) offers a 38 credit hour Online Nursing Education track that can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis and includes graduate core, direct care core and functional area core classes.
MCCN employs many passionate, talented, knowledgeable nurse educators. Our faculty chose nursing education for a myriad of reasons, some of which include:
- Nurturing the next generation of nurses
- Variety of work environments
- Continued learning
- Flexibility in schedule
- Collaborative efforts with other nurse educators
According to Theresa Skybo, PhD, RN, CPNP, Assistant Professor in the Online Nursing Education program, there are vast options for nurse educators. “Nurse educators work in a variety of settings including clinical laboratories, simulations laboratories, classrooms, hospital units, community centers, nursing homes, assistive care facilities, clinics, homes, and in the virtual world,” says Skybo.
Kristin Partee, BSN, RN, current Assistant Instructor in the Second Degree Accelerated Program is pursuing her master’s in the nursing education track at MCCN in order to take on more of an educator role. Partee states, “In order to perform at my highest potential, I believe having a master’s degree will prepare me better for effectively teaching a variety of people.” Partee has been able to combine her love for education with her passion for nursing with her role as a faculty member.
Witnessing the development of the students throughout their academic journey is what faculty members, such as Partee like best about their jobs.
For more information about the Online Nursing Education track, contact Anne Hinze, Graduate Advisor, or Theresa Skybo, Assistant Professor in the Online Nursing Education program.