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10 Qualities of a Great Nurse Educator

Kayla Baxter | NursingLink

#3: Confidence





Teaching is a tough job, especially when your students are adults. After all, they have grown minds, so why should they listen to you? Your sense of confidence is what gives your students confidence in you. If you are constantly second-guessing yourself, you’ll be a mess in the classroom even if you’ve got 25 years of nursing experience under your belt. As they say, sometimes even the best nurses can’t be Nurse Educators – it takes a special level of confidence in your own talent and ability in order to teach others how it’s done.

If that sounds scary, well, that’s because teaching can be scary. The good news? The more you start to teach others, the more you realize how much you still have to learn yourself. In turn, the more you desire further learning, the better teacher you become. The ability to recognize one’s own opportunities for growth is of paramount importance. And when you finally realize that you’re always a student (and like it!) that’s when you’re a real Nurse Educator.



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