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Nursing Leadership - Masters in Nursing Education

Resources for students in the Masters in Nursing Education Progam

National League for Nursing (NLN) Nurse Educator Core Competencies

Competency 1: Facilitate Learning

Create an environment in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings that facilitates student learning and the achievement of desired cognitive, affective, and psychomotor outcomes.

Competency 2: Facilitate Learner Development and Socialization

Responsible for helping students develop as nurses and integrate the values and behaviors expected of those who fulfill that role.

Competency 3: Use Assessment and Evaluation Strategies

Use a variety of strategies to assess and evaluate student learning in classroom, laboratory and clinical settings, as well as in all domains of learning.

Competency 4: Participate in Curriculum Design and Evaluation of Program Outcomes

Responsible for formulating program outcomes and designing curricula that reflect contemporary healthcare trends and prepare graduates to function effectively in the health-care environment.

Competency 5: Function as Change Agent and Leader

Create a preferred future for nursing education and nursing practice.

Competency 6: Pursue Continued Quality Improvement in the Nurse Educator Role

Recognize that their role is multi-dimensional and that an ongoing commitment to develop and maintain competence in the role is essential.

Competency 7: Engage in Scholarship.

Scholarship is an integral component of the faculty role, and that teaching itself is a scholarly activity.

Competency 8: Function within the Educational Environment

Knowledgeable about the educational environment within which they practice and recognize how political, institutional, social, and economic forces impact their role.


Christensen, L.S., and Simmons, L.E. (2020). The Scope and Practice for Academic Nurse Educators and Academic Clinical Nurse Educators (3rd ed.). Washington, D.C: National League for Nursing.

The National League for Nursing also refers to Novice Nurse Educator Competencies with Task Statements on their website: