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What Is a Practical Nursing Instructor and How to Become One

What Does a Practical Nursing Instructor Do?

A practical nursing instructor teaches courses in a practical nursing program, often at a community college. As a practical nursing instructor, your responsibilities include preparing course syllabi and curricula, maintaining accurate records about students’ attendance and grades, serving on faculty committees, and acting as an advisor for nursing students. Your job duties include recruiting students; instructing students in classrooms, labs, and clinical settings; and helping students plan their educational journey from enrollment through graduation. You may teach classes such as patient care fundamentals, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and pharmacology.

How to Become a Practical Nursing Instructor

The qualifications you need to become a practical nursing instructor are at least a bachelor’s degree of science in nursing (BSN) and a minimum of three years of clinical work experience. You need a current nursing license to practice in your state, and membership in professional nursing organizations is beneficial. You need teaching and communication skills in addition to your clinical and conceptual knowledge of practical nursing. Strong organizational skills and familiarity with computer programs and online applications, especially educational software like Blackboard and Google Classroom, are also useful.