The aim was to evaluate the level of performance of the teaching nurse in core competencies in adult education from the andragogical perspective. This descriptive, comparative, cross-sectional, quantitative study was carried out with 226 teacher nurses working at twenty undergraduate nursing courses. Descriptive statistics, nonparametric tests and the Minitab® 16 software were used. The population's age ranged, predominantly, from 46 to 55 years, they were mostly female, had graduated from public schools and attended specialization and master's degree courses; fewer than half held doctorates. The professors considered themselves below the level they should be at for adult education, distant from the ideal for the skills they sought to achieve, and stated they had more control to facilitate learning than to develop and manage adult education programs. It was concluded that the professors’ performance levels were homogeneous, with no significant differences when comparing the results with the population's characteristics.
Higher education; nursing faculty; educational models