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We Serve Five Key Groups

Career Explorers

Individuals who want to learn more about becoming a registered nurse.

Aspiring Nurse Educators

Current nurses and nursing students who are interested in becoming educators.

Nurse Educators

Nursing professionals who educate and prepare the next generation of highly qualified nurses.

Academic Institutions

Colleges and universities who offer educational programs and mentoring for new nurses and nurse educators.

Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations

Groups who employ nurses and nurse educators to meet Maryland’s healthcare needs.

A Nursing Shortfall

Even with its excellent reputation for health care and hospitals, the U.S. – Maryland included – is facing a serious nursing workforce shortage at a time when the U.S. population continues to grow. More people are living longer, often with chronic illnesses that require the best possible healthcare. With the number of people over 65 years old estimated to nearly double from 43.1 million in 2012 to 83.7 million by 2050, the nation is facing a shortfall of nurses to care for them, and a shortage of nurse educators to prepare them.

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Join the Community

The Lead Nursing Forward Career Portal is a free web resource for those interested in nursing and nursing education.

Users can create a profile unique to their needs. Educators can search for job openings at academic and clinical institutions across the state. Maryland nursing programs and healthcare organizations can promote their nursing and nursing education jobs and events, like job fairs, conferences, continuing education events, and more!


Career Paths

Interested in learning about the many career options available for a nurse educator? Click below to explore several opportunities through a fun choose-your-own adventure.

Career Paths


Feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to start?

Learn more about nursing education opportunities in Maryland, how to fund your next degree, how to advance your career, and more.

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Working to address Maryland's nursing shortfall

Every nurse educator has a different story. Nurse educators from universities, community colleges, and healthcare organizations across Maryland are currently being interviewed by the Lead Nursing Forward team. Check out the LeadNursingForward Youtube Channel for more stories!

Maureen Archibald, MSN, RN
Director of Clinical Education and Professional Development, University of Maryland Medical Center
What does it mean to be a nurse educator?
Dr. Ben Canha, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing at the Universities at Shady Grove
What advice do you give your students?
Dr. Brenda Owens, DNP, MSN, RN
Professor, Allegany College of Maryland
What is most rewarding about being a nurse educator?

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