Hospitals providing instructors.

Specialties Educators


Specializes in Current: Nursing Informatics Past:ICU.

I am seeing a new trend in my area and was wondering if you are seeing it in yours?

There is one local large hospital network in my area that has started providing nursing educators to the local collages. For example, this semester the local university had 6 open positions in the school of nursing. The hospital gave them the staff to fill them. These instructors are paid by the hospital but are seen as college instructors. They are using them for clinicals, labs and didactic classes as well. The idea is that it will increase the number of grads and reduce shortages. 

All that sounds good except, it has somewhat flooded the market for academic nurse educators.  I am feeling this firsthand as I just finished my MSN-ED. When I started my program there were tons of jobs. Now, not so much. I just accepted an academic job at one of the local collages and was lucky to find it. When this happened, it also lowered the pay scale. In one semesters time, I have seen the pay decrease 12K on a 9 month contract.  

I hope I am explaining the well enough. I guess I just feel a little crushed as I have busted my butt over the last year to obtain my second masters in order to shift to acidemia and the market is drying up (somewhat). --- Anyone one else seeing things like this? 

Specializes in critical care, med/surg.

The facility that I teach at has partnered with my college but the process has slowed because of multiple staff changeovers within our organization. In the Kentucky area it seems to be difficult to retain staff in clinical coordinator roles. In the outlying hospitals across our state, it has been notoriously difficult to get educators to travel very far to teach clinicals. I'm hoping it catches on here because I'd hate to see the students lose this clinical site. Bottom one wants to be an educator much less one who wakes up at 0400 on clinical days!

Specializes in oncology.

 Bottom one wants to be an educator much less one who wakes up at 0400 on clinical days!

No! that is why I quit at 62. I loved evenings after years of days. But then this 12 hours clinical came about because of clinical coordinators/administrators'/faculty who just wanted to schedule students for ONE day a week. If the student has a rough first day with a skill, give them a second chance/learning experience to develop or repeat a skill set. Oh NO! Faculty just had a different priority. 

I had to get up at 4:30, be at the hospital at 5:30 and be ready to roll at 6:30. I changed from evenings to days because I loved students and teaching. So many faculty took on another job, babysitting their grandchildren etc because they could,, I was a chair of many important committees for programmatic approval, union compensation etc trying to schedule meetings. Nursing faculty would tell me that is my day OFF! 


The faculty I worked with who had a genuine degree of MSN had to write a thesis and master a nursing subject area.  They knew their subject area. Now we get people who get a Cracker Box Masters and their DNP is just copy and paste!

MSN 1982

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