Nursing education is a dynamic field that is experiencing the challenges of a nursing faculty shortage, increasingly sophisticated technologies, and the stimulation of a diverse student population (National League for Nursing, 2005).The nurse educator (NE) program and post-master's certificate program at Minnesota State University, Mankato is dedicated to developing nurse educators who advance nursing clinical practice, education and research in academic and practice settings. NEs practice in academic and clinical settings. Academic nurse educators (NEs) are licensed registered professional nurses prepared at the graduate level, who are expert in facilitating learning through curriculum design, teaching, evaluation, advisement, and other activities undertaken by faculty in schools of nursing. Academic nursing is a specialty area and an advanced practice role within professional nursing (National League for Nursing, 2005). Preparing students in a practice discipline requires specialized knowledge and advanced education. NEs practicing in clinical settings are responsible for addressing the learning needs of professional staff and may be unit or system-based.