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Post-secondary Nursing Instructor/Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Demonstrates and teaches patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching and Training pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Supervises students' laboratory and clinical work.
  • Evaluates and grades students' class work, laboratory and clinic work, assignments, and papers.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Plans, evaluates, and revises curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Prepares and delivers lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as pharmacology, mental health nursing, and community health care practices.
  • Prepares course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Initiates, facilitates, and moderates classroom discussions.
  • Supervises undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Maintains student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Advises students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

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