Nurse Educators and Researchers provide clinical and theoretical education to and promote professional development of nurses and midwives, and conduct research into nursing practice.

A Bachelor Degree or higher and at least 5 years of relevant experience is needed to work in this job.

Tasks

  • researching, planning, developing and implementing nursing curricula
  • facilitating practical experience for general and specialist nurses
  • evaluating ongoing and changing educational needs and monitoring course outcomes
  • participating in developing and implementing policies affecting nursing, nurse education and health
  • undertaking and promoting nursing and interdisciplinary research projects, and disseminating research information
  • promoting utilisation of current research findings into clinical nursing practice and patient management
  • promoting the implementation of research and research findings into organisation-wide functions such as safety, quality and risk management
  • providing support and education for other nurses undertaking research

Job Titles

  • Nurse Educator or Staff Development Nurse
  • Nurse Researcher
  • Nurse Educator or Staff Development Nurse (also called Clinical Nurse Educator)

    Designs, plans, implements and evaluates the delivery of nursing education and staff development programs, and manages educational resources.

    Specialisations: Community Midwife, Midwife Practitioner

  • Nurse Researcher

    Designs, conducts and evaluates nursing and interdisciplinary research projects, and promotes the implementation of research findings into clinical nursing practice.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    very strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    5,600
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    8.6%
  • Female Share

    91.4%
  • Full-Time Share

    61.5%

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This is a very small occupation employing 5600 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen slightly.
Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Nurse Educators and Researchers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 35.7 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 46 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 6 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20053900
20063100
20073600
20085500
20093600
20106000
20116700
20124600
20135800
20146200
20155600
20206900

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryNurse Educators and ResearchersAll Jobs Average
Full-time61.568.4
Part-time38.531.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)35.740.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance72.9
Education and Training14.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4.7
Public Administration and Safety3.4
Other Industries4.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateNurse Educators and ResearchersAll Jobs Average
NSW34.731.8
VIC29.925.5
QLD10.819.8
SA8.96.8
WA9.911.2
TAS2.32.0
NT2.01.1
ACT1.51.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketNurse Educators and ResearchersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.45.4
20-243.0-9.99.9
25-3415.6-23.423.4
35-4424.9-21.721.7
45-5438.8-21.121.1
55-597.6-8.78.7
60-649.3-5.95.9
65 and Over0.8-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryNurse Educators and ResearchersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males8.6Males53.6
Females91.4Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Bachelor Degree or higher and at least 5 years of relevant experience is needed to work in this job.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Nurse Educators and Researchers who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Education and Training

    94% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  2. Medicine and Dentistry

    93% Important

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

  3. English Language

    93% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Psychology

    88% Important

    Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    85% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Training and Teaching Others

    97% Important

    Identifying the educational needs of others, developing training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

  2. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    90% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  3. Assisting and Caring for Others

    89% Important

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

  4. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    88% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  5. Building Good Relationships

    87% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

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