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Nursing Faculty Needed to Avoid Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 7th, 2015

The nursing shortage in the United States is expected to rise as baby boomers age and the need for health care increases, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

This shortage directly impacts the supply and demand of nurses in the clinical work environments and their ability to deliver high-quality patient care. One of the challenges facing colleges of nursing is to identify strategies that will encourage faculty to stay.

Heavy workloads and the multiple roles of teaching, service and scholarships have threatened career satisfaction and success of nursing faculty. Discrepancies in salaries between academia and the clinical settings must also be addressed to improve faculty job satisfaction and retention.

nursing eduction nurse shortageResearch proves that as the level of education increases, the professional identification and the faculty’s intent to stay also increases. Monetary restraints can influence the decision of nursing faculty to obtain higher degrees necessary to teach. Although the federal government has made great strides in providing opportunities for nursing faculty to get financial assistance through scholarships and loan repayment programs, nurse leaders must strive to keep nursing education at the forefront of the political arena so these loans will continue to be available.

Part-time employment is sometimes an attractive incentive to encourage current faculty to stay past retirement age. Mentoring helps retain new faculty with limited teaching experience.

With the increasing shortage of registered nurses, it is essential that we focus on increasing the number of qualified nursing faculty at nursing schools throughout the nation.

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