Is Nursing Shortage Really Faculty Shortage?

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Is Nursing Shortage Really Faculty Shortage? Potential Solutions As the United States’ population ages and the Affordable Care Act continues to be implemented the need to address the shortage of nurses and faculty is more pressing than it ever has been. However, this is multi-dimensional problem, to get to the crux of it; one has to ask what the major contributing factors to such shortages are and what can be done to prevent them? Perhaps the most significant influence to the nursing shortage is the fact that each year a large number of qualified applicants are denied entrance because of a lack of prepared nurse educators (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2014). Equally as troubling, if not more so, is according to a 2014 survey by the AACN there is already a 8.3% faculty vacancy, coupled with the age of professors with doctorates being 61.3 and master’s degrees 57.2; it is evident that the time to act was yesterday (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2014). Because of statistics like this, one would surmise there would have long been a huge emphasis on how to encourage, and give incentive, to nurses to get advanced degrees and into the faculty role. However, the opposite it actually the reality, over the last decade, there has been decreased attention in nursing faculty development and financial support (Reinhard & Hassmiller, 2011). As the number of people who need care is sure to increase so too is the deficit of nursing faculty, which in turn will
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