Nurse Recruitment: Nurse Educators Needed to Help Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 26th, 2013

Many nurse educators are Baby Boomers, which means a large percent of nursing faculty will be retiring at roughly the same time, leaving vacancies that will be difficult to fill.

Nursing education will be in crisis as some nursing program are in danger of losing accreditation because too few faculty members have master’s degrees in nursing. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) standard says that within an associate degree nursing program, a minimum of 50 percent of the part-time faculty must hold a graduate degree.

For institutions not feeling the immediate effects of nursing faculty shortages, the inevitable, looming retirements are a real fear. The average age of a doctorally-prepared professor of nursing was 60.5 in 2010, according to a report administered by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Historically it has been difficult for universities and colleges to recruit new nursing faculty who have master’s or doctoral degrees.

In 2012, 8 percent of full-time nursing faculty positions and 7 percent of part-time positions were vacant, according to an AACN survey of nursing programs at 662 institutions around the country. Universities and community colleges have a hard time competing with hospitals, corporations and the military, who can all offer nurses with advanced degrees much higher salaries.

Retiring educators are leaving at a time when nursing services are expected to be in the highest demand. When the Affordable Health Care Act is fully in place, more than 30 million newly insured citizens will need care. The Act also calls for new health care delivery models, which means nurses will be crucial providers in nurse-managed health centers, accountable care organizations, community health centers, and clinics. This is good news for prospective nursing students, but not if there are not enough professors to teach them.

U.S. nursing schools turned away 75,587 qualified applicants to baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2011 due to an insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, clinical preceptors and budget constraints, according to the Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Indeed a nursing shortage is looming. To learn strategies for nurse recruitment and nurse retention visit SelfCare for HealthCare. Call or email me today to talk about customizing a program that is specific to your employees’ needs.

One response to “Nurse Recruitment: Nurse Educators Needed to Help Nursing Shortage”

  1. nursing profesion is on of humanitorial,i have proud being nursing profesional.

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