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Nursing News: Poor Economy Affects Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, November 15th, 2012

The demand for nurses is tied to the economy. When the economy slumped, older nurses who had planned to retire remained in the workforce and some working part-time increased to full-time. As the economy slowly improves, nurses will retire, creating more openings.

The nursing shortage, however, will only become more dismal. Nursing schools are limited in the number of students they can admit, and some schools have to decrease admissions because of limited faculty and clinical space.

Clinical settings require at least one faculty member per eight students; in some settings, that ratio is even smaller. A school can expand its enrollment only if it has enough faculty to do so.

Finding qualified faculty is imperative to training more students. We need to promote nursing educator careers as a good choice for nurses. The challenge is that nurses with the same level of education in the teaching arena make less than their counterparts in a hospital setting. This is an increasing problem in a struggling economy.

What can we do to make the pay more equitable? Let me know your thoughts.

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