No. 1 in Master of Science in Nursing graduates in the U.S.1

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Help shape the future of healthcare by educating and mentoring nurses and preparing them to make an even greater impact in the lives of their patients.

Play a pivotal role in strengthening the nursing workforce, serving as a role model and providing the leadership needed to implement evidence-based practice.

Learn to design, implement, evaluate, and revise educational programs for nurses, including formal academic programs that lead to a degree or certificate and more informal continuing education programs designed to meet individual learning needs. Fieldwork experience provides you with an opportunity to apply learning in a real-world environment. Our team of practicum coordinators is available to help at every step of your fieldwork journey.

Upon completing this specialization, Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Design curricula and programs that facilitate the learning of nursing students, colleagues, patients and other healthcare professionals.
  • Effectively communicate your knowledge and share your experience with others.
  • Evaluate learning and document the outcomes of the educational process.
  • Pursue academic research that advances the nursing field.
  • Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
  • Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
  • Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of specialist nursing care.
  • Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
  • Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
  • Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.

In Walden’s MSN program, you can:

  • Collaborate with nurses from around the country in an interactive online environment.
  • Learn from expert teaching faculty—100% of whom hold doctoral degrees.
  • Gain the opportunity to translate knowledge into practice by designing, developing, and implementing a project in a professional healthcare setting.
  • Acquire the knowledge needed to act as a change agent and apply your enhanced expertise within the healthcare environment.
  • Receive approval for early conditional admission to the RN-MSN (specialty practice) program while completing your last term of an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or Nursing Diploma program and successfully completing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a licensed Registered Nurse (RN). Request information or contact an enrollment advisor to learn more.
  • Join Phi Nu, Walden’s chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and connect with nurses around the world to share the latest nursing research and best practices in clinical, scientific, and leadership areas.

Career Impact

Nurse educators work in academic settings, hospitals, community health organizations, healthcare organizations, consulting firms, or corporations.

According to PayScale, the average annual salary for a nurse educator is $73,188.2

If you have the right experience and training, Walden’s MSN program with a specialization in Nursing Education can help position you for roles such as:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Faculty
  • Administrative Nurse Faculty
  • Nursing Instructor
  • Patient Educator
  • Staff Development Manager
  • Staff Educator
  • Continuing Education Specialist
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Consultant
  • Case Manager

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Optional Certification for Nurse Educators is offered through the American League of Nursing (NLN).

Learn more about top industry sectors, most in-demand job skills and top job titles for MSN grads.

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Walden MSN Graduate is Advocating for Nurses

The condition of nursing burnout has emerged as a serious trend within today's healthcare environment. For Caroline Sánchez, Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing program helped her gain the critical skills she needed to help combat burnout and compassion fatigue among oncology nurses.
[MUSIC PLAYING] CAROLINE SANCHEZ: My name is Caroline Sanchez. I'm an oncology nurse, and I work in the breast cancer clinic. 

I was 21 years old when my mother passed away from metastatic breast cancer. So I pursued my nursing career to work with the cancer population. 

The work that I was born to do was to really be with people when they're experiencing fear. The suffering that I was seeing in each patient started to really wear on me. 

Compassion fatigue and burnout are real occupational hazards in health-care institutions. I was noticing how it was depleting nurses of their ability to really offer up the best of them. 

Walden University really allowed me to see that I could do something about this. And so I developed hoop dancing to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue among nurses. Hoop dancing is an embodied movement meditation practice. This is really about the necessity of self-care through joy replenishment. 

Walden University's philosophy of creating positive social change in our communities is incredibly important for me. I have accomplished so much more than I ever thought I could have with my Masters of Science in Nursing Education. 

MIGUEL A. CARDENAS: You cannot be inspired and committed to do something if you're not joyful. That's what she brings. She brings joy. 

CAROLINE SANCHEZ: My why is to advocate for nurses to practice self-care. 



Alvin Mena Centaro

Alvin Mena Cantero

MSN Graduate
I have the unconditional support of family and friends, some of whom applied to Walden after hearing about my experience.
Walden University has taught me to act on my passions and address societal challenges using research and investigation. Transforming society is my goal and the goal of a Walden scholar.
I find that when I educate, whether in a formal or informal environment, I learn from my students as much as they learn from me.
Allison Souza MSN Graduate / DNP Student
Allison Souza
Cynthia Hickman MSN / PhD in Health Services Graduate
Cynthia Hickman
Lynn Sayre Visser MSN Graduate
Lynn Sayre Visser

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

Note on Certification:
Walden’s MSN program is designed to provide the academic degree required to apply for national certifications. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will achieve national certification, we encourage students to consult the appropriate credentialing center for the specific requirements. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about certification programs, students should contact the American Nurses Credentialing Center at, or other certification websites.

1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP code 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse). Includes 2016 preliminary data.

2Source: PayScale, Average Nurse Educator Salary. National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries (or salary growth), and are subject to change.

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