Nursing Shortage Due to Faculty Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 20th, 2015

Nursing schools aren’t producing enough graduates, because nursing schools don’t have enough faculty members, yet another reason (in addition to the desire for work life balance) that the nursing shortage is hitting hard.

Last year 13,444 qualified applicants were turned away from master’s programs, and another 1,844 qualified applicants were turned away from doctoral programs primarily due to faculty shortages.

Nursing Students - Nursing ShortageAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a need for over 34,000 more postsecondary nursing instructors by 2022. Of those, 24,000 will be new positions and 10,000 will be to replace current instructors.

One reason for the lack faculty is the big pay cuts that occur when nurses move from clinical practice to a university setting.

While the average nurse practitioner makes $91,000 or more per year, the average assistant professor with a master’s degree in a nursing school averages about $73,000.

Besides money for faculty, there’s also a shortage of funds for students. The largest source of federal funding for nursing education, Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act, ran out of money. When President George W. Bush doubled the funds in 2000, it produced 70,000 new RNs, but when the funds depleted in 2014, only 15,000 new graduates came from nursing schools. In June, a bill was introduced, H.R. 2713, which would fund the nursing loans and grants to 2020 but experts predict the bill has a 1% chance of being enacted.

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2 responses to “Nursing Shortage Due to Faculty Shortage”

  1. DonnaJean Ottinger says:

    Biggest difficulty I personally have had is universities giving potential educators a chance. Despite having my Masters in Healthcare Education and over 20 years experience, without a PhD I am never given the opportunity to interview for an educator position. I have taught clinical rotations but have a strong desire to teach theory but am never considered. I have been given the same rationale multiple times. It is a very frustrating position I am currently in but I continue to apply and hope I will be given a chance sometime down the road. I am only 52 and have many years of employment ahead of me. I wish it would be doing what I always wanted to do and that is teach.

  2. Susan Flores, RN, BSN, CHCR says:

    This is spot on; why would a Masters prepared RN expect to take less money as an educator, especially with the costs incurred for their advanced degree? I know there will be even more demand as the Baby Boomers retire, so funding is a necessity.

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