Quote from ImThatGuy
What if you wanted to teach things like pathophysiology, pharmacology, health assessment, etc - the more sciencey part of it?
(1) Get a graduate degree in pathophysiology, pharmacology, etc.
(2) Get a graduate degree in nursing plus clinical experience in a field that encompasses those topics intensively. As a nursing faculty member, you'll be expected to be an expert at what you teach -- and in nursing, that usually means that you have USED that knowledge in the field and know how it relates to patient care.
Teaching at a college level requires an advanced degree relevant to what you are teaching -- AND
academic, scholarly work in that field (e.g. completed research in that field) or
clinical experience applying that knowledge. There is no getting around that. Your entry level classes in nursing school don't make you an expert on these topics; they make you a beginner-level nurse
. You need to add to that schoolwork and practical experience to advance to competence ... and even more to progress to the proficient or expert levels qualified to teach others.
Also note that the instructors, lecturers, professors, etc. with minimal qualifications are generally at the bottom of the academic totem pole and have the least power, least freedom, smallest paychecks, etc. The pay, benefits, work schedules, etc. can be worse than that of a staff nurse. To advance in academia, you usually need to have your expertise very well established with publications, clinical experience, etc.