want to be educator

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    I have been a nurse for three years. For the last 1 1/2 years emphasizing on pediatrics in the hospital. I am interested in inpatient and outpatient education and dont know how you become a nurse educator. What kind of experience do you need?
    I have considered volunteering to get experience. Most educator positions I have seen you need to be a clinical nurse specialist. Can anyone lend some advice?
    Thanks.
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    Every facility does it differently. We have a few nurse educators that have an ADN. It goes on experience. In our dept, one nurse got her credentialing in breastfeeding and is now the lactation specialist. Another got her fetal monitoring credentials and is now the instructor for that in our dept. I guess it all depends upon your field, your facility, and the need for educators. Many are, however, clinical nurse specialists or you can go for an ED degree.


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