Does the military hire nurse educators?


I'm a BSN RN currently enrolled in a MSN Nurse Educator program. I absolutely love hands-on education, especially simulation. I am trained on METIman, iStan, and Lucina. I do interprofessional simulations, nursing simulations at all levels and courses, and mass casualty simulations. I do both live patient actors and simulators. I would absolutely love to do this type of work for military nurses (and APRNs and physicians and medics). Is this something the military does from within or contracts a civilian to do? I am not sure how to get involved on this level. Joining the military has been in the back of my mind since I turned down admission to the US Naval Academy out of high school. I just hope to bring my passion with me. I hope to get my EdD for nurse educators from Univ of Alabama when I finish my master's next year. Thanks!

jfratian, MSN, RN

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care. Has 11 years experience.

The AF has an education identifier. The larger bases do have simulators. I don't know if they direct commission officers with that identifier or not. You'd need a year of full-time experience as a nurse educator to get it if they did.

jeckrn, BSN, RN

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Specializes in EMT, ER, Homehealth, OR. Has 17 years experience.

You will need to speak with a healthcare recruiter to find out the need. This might be a position they do not recruit for and have to apply for it once you are in the system.

Specializes in OR. Has 16 years experience.

I was informed the AF doesn't recruit educators directly. (via Retired nurse/USAF Colonel and recruiter)

Specializes in Education, Skills & Simulation, Med/Surg, Pharm. Has 14 years experience.

I contacted several health care recruiters. I'm waiting to hear back. How long does it take to get a response? It's been about 3 days.

jfratian, MSN, RN

1,543 Posts

Specializes in Adult Critical Care. Has 11 years experience.

they get more emails than they can possibly answer. be persistent and email them at least every few days until you get a response.


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I have never seen an Army nurse educator. If there were any they would probably be civilians


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Been following this Army nurse officer's blog for a while, believe she is either becoming an educator, or already is one.

An Officer and a Nurse

jfratian, MSN, RN

1,543 Posts

Specializes in Adult Critical Care. Has 11 years experience.

Your equivalent would be a brigade nurse (from what I've seen). They're responsible for the training and certification of many of the enlisted medics. However, that isn't a position that you can direct-commission into. There's a board you have to apply for.

The military in general seems to like using CNS's in educator roles. I personally find that rather dumb, since their training doesn't really focus on teaching methods...but I don't make the decisions.

The Air Force has a staff development officer (and education and training office) for every medical group, which is pretty similar to a nurse educator.