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.

  • Nurse Researcher

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

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 8,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 60.2% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 35 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 90.6% female Gender Share

The number of Nurse Educators and Researchers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 8,100 in 2017 to 10,400 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 5,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Nurse Educators and Researchers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (60.2%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%), but there are many opportunites to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 35.0 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 90.6% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20072600
20085100
20093800
20105100
20117500
20125000
20135100
20145800
20155700
20167100
20178100
202210400

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Assistance76.1
Education and Training14.2
Public Administration and Safety8.0
Other Services1.8

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 2017, 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
NSW29.231.6
VIC34.526.2
QLD18.719.7
SA3.16.7
WA6.110.8
TAS4.42.0
NT1.21.1
ACT3.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-240.0-9.99.9
25-3416.6-23.623.6
35-4438.4-21.721.7
45-5429.5-20.820.8
55-599.1-8.88.8
60-643.4-6.06.0
65 and Over3.0-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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  • You might be interested in Health Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-1072.00 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-1072.00 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary.

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