Because of the current nursing teacher
shortage, some nursing schools are contemplating of
closing down. Nursing schools are doing a great job
of recruiting new nursing students, but their are no
teachers to teach these new students. Nursing students
applicants are on the waiting list. High GPA's are no
guarantee that they will get to the nursing program
because of the nursing teacher shortage. New nursing
students are becoming disillusioned because of these
nursing teacher shortage.
Healthcare administrators are worried
about the general healthcare shortage, especially nurses,
but they tend to forget that their is a nursing teacher
shortage. If their is nursing teacher, then the nursing
shortage will continue to grow. For example,
the average nursing teacher age is 51, and more than half
will retire by 2013.
Because of low salary and lack of nurses
with BS degree make it almost impossible to recruit
nursing teachers. Nurses with advance degrees tend to work
in the clinical settings. Advance degrees usually are one
of the requirements to teach nursing. Now some nursing
schools are filling the positions with nursing faculty
interns and people who can teach, but no advance degrees.