NLN Draft of Core Competencies of Nurse Educators


    Core Competencies of Nurse Educators

    Competency 1 - Facilitate Learning
    To effectively facilitate learning the nurse educator:

    Implements a variety of teaching strategies appropriate to content, setting, learner's needs, and desired learner outcomes

    Grounds teaching strategies in a theoretical foundation and evidence-based practices

    Considers multicultural influences on teaching and learning

    Engages in self-reflection and continued learning to improve teaching practices

    Skilled in the use of informational technologies and their appropriate use in supporting the teaching-learning process

    Practices skilled oral, written, and electronic communication that reflects an awareness of self and relationships with others and an ability to convey ideas in a variety of contexts including evaluation, collaboration, mentorship, and supervision

    Models critical and reflective thinking practices for students

    Shows enthusiasm for teaching, learning, and nursing that inspires and motivates students

    Possesses personal attributes that facilitates learning, including caring, confidence, patience, honesty, flexibility, and taking interest in, and respecting students

    Develops collegial working relationships with clinical agency personnel to promote positive learning environments for students

    Maintains the professional practice knowledge base needed to instruct learners in contemporary nursing practice

    Serves as a role model of professional nursing in the practice setting

    Competency 2 - Facilitate Learner Development and Socialization
    To effectively facilitate learner development and socialization, the nurse educator:

    Assesses and identifies individual learning styles and unique learning needs of diverse learners including, but not limited to: international, adult, non-traditional, multi-cultural, educationally disadvantages, physically challenged, at-risk, and second degree students

    Develops strategies to meet the unique needs of diverse learners

    Advises and counsels students effectively

    Creates learning environments that facilitate students' critical thinking, self-reflection, personal goal setting, and experience in the nurse role

    Fosters the cognitive, psychomotor, and values development of learners

    Identifies differing and changing societal values that affect individual learner needs

    Understands the influence of teaching styles and interpersonal interactions on learner behaviors

    Assists learners to develop the ability to engage in thoughtful and constructive self and peer evaluation

    Models professional behaviors for students (e.g., involvement in professional organizations, engagement in lifelong learning activities, dissemination of information through publications and presentations, and advocacy for health care policy changes through political advocate for health care policy issues, etc.)

    Competency 3 - Use Assessment and Evaluation Strategies
    To effectively use assessment and evaluation strategies the nurse educator:

    Selects assessment and evaluation strategies that are appropriate to the desired learning outcomes for theory and clinical practice

    Uses results of formative and summative evaluations to enhance the teaching-learning process

    Demonstrates skill in test design, test construction, and item analysis

    Provides timely, constructive, and thoughtful feedback to learners

    Competency 4 - Participate in Curriculum Design and Evaluation of Program Outcomes
    To effectively participate in curriculum design and evaluation of program outcomes the nurse educator:

    Ensures the curriculum reflects current trends in health care, addresses community and societal needs, and prepares graduates for practice in a complex, dynamic health care environment

    Demonstrates knowledge of curriculum development such as identifying program outcomes, developing competency statements, writing course objectives, and selecting appropriate learning activities and evaluation methods

    Bases curriculum design and implementation decisions on sound educational principals, theory, and research

    Revises the curriculum based assessment of program outcomes, learner needs, and societal trends

    Collaborates with external constituencies, seeking input as appropriate, when engaged in curriculum change

    Uses change strategies to effectively manage implementation of curricular change

    Designs and implements program assessment models that promote continuous quality improvement of all aspects of the program

    Competency 5 - Function as Change Agents and Leaders
    To effectively function as a change agent and leader the nurse educator:

    Models cultural relativity in activities relating to the diversity and complexity of factors that influence the educational enterprise

    Integrates a long-term, innovative, and creative perspective into the nurse educator role

    Participates in interdisciplinary efforts to address health care and educational needs regionally, nationally and internationally

    Develops leadership skills to shape and implement change

    Implements strategies for organizational change

    Promotes innovation in practices in community, health care, and educational environments

    Develops new models of education to meet the needs of a changing healthcare system

    Competency 6 - Develop Educator Role
    To effectively develop the educator role the nurse educator:

    Demonstrates commitment to life-long learning about teaching and learning

    Recognizes that career development needs change as experience is gained in the role

    Participates in personal and professional development opportunities to increase effectiveness in the role

    Balances effectively the teaching, scholarship, and service demands inherent in the role of the educator

    Uses feedback gained from self, peer, student, and administrative evaluation to increase role effectiveness

    Seeks out activities that promote socialization to the role

    Uses knowledge of the legal and ethical issues relevant to higher education and nursing education in influencing, designing and implementing policies and procedures

    Mentors novice faculty

    Competency 7 - Engage in Scholarship
    To effectively engage in scholarship the nurse educator:

    Draws on evidenced-based literature to improve teaching

    Exhibits a spirit of inquiry about teaching and learning

    Designs and implements scholarly activities in an established area of expertise

    Disseminates nursing and teaching expertise through various means and to a variety of audiences

    Demonstrates skill in proposal writing for grants and other funding initiatives

    Demonstrates qualities of a scholar: integrity, courage, perseverance, vitality and creativity

    Competency 8 - Function Within the Educational Environment
    To effectively function within the educational environment the nurse educator:

    Uses knowledge of the history of and current trends and issues in higher education as rationale for appropriate actions

    Identifies how social, economic, political, and institutional forces influence nursing education

    Develops networks, collaboratives and partnerships to enhance nursing's influence within the academic community

    Situates own professional goals within the context of academic nursing and the mission of the parent institution of the nursing education unit

    Integrates the values of respect, collegiality, professionalism, and caring to build and organizational climate that fosters the development of students and teachers

    Attends to the goals of the nursing program and the mission of the parent institution when proposing change or managing issues

    Assumes a leadership role in institutional governance

    Participates in the political process to advocate for nursing and nursing education

    National League for Nursing 2003

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  3. by   purplemania
    thank you!