NU 101: New Educator Role and Competencies (novice series)

NU 101: New Educator Role and Competencies (novice series)

Attendees will be introduced to key elements of an educator’s role and competencies. Topics include transitioning from clinician to educator; using evidence-based, student-focused instructional strategies; curriculum development; assessment techniques; and institutional structure and policies. Detailed information will be shared as well as numerous “take-away” links and resources.


Karin K. Roberts, PhD, RN, CNE

Dr. Karin Roberts is a Professor at Research College of Nursing and part time Consultant at ATI. She has had a long and varied career that evolved in a manner parallel to changes in nursing education. She participated in the conversion of Research School of Nursing to a baccalaureate degree granting program, making it one of the first three single-purpose institutions in the courntry; development of its virtual master’s program with three distinct tracks; and was Director of its one year, accelerated BSN program for 8 years. She holds a PhD in Education with a focus on curriculum and instruction and has associate, bachelor, and master’s degrees in nursing. Dr. Roberts enjoyed working at Research College of Nursing for 31 years prior to her 10 year tenure at ATI. She continues to work as a part time consultant for ATI after serving as its Director of Consultation Services for several years. Dr. Roberts returned to RCoN in 2018 to continue doing what she loves, teaching and developing new academic programs. She recently completed the development of a new graduate Nurse Educator Track that has academic and professional development nurse educator subtracks. Dr Roberts also serves as a site visitor for the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE). Innovative curricula and instructional strategies have always been a passion of Dr. Roberts and her role as an ATI consultant provided her the opportunity to share her passion and expertise with educators across the country. She was key in the development of ATI’s first Nurse Educator Essential Workshop. She was second author of the national study Concept-Based Curricula: A National Study of Critical Concept done by ATI and published in Nursing Education. She is very excited to have been invited to speak to new nurse educators about their new roles and related competencies.