Nursing Schools Rejected 41,000 Qualified Applicants Over Lack of Educators

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    nursing schools nationwide rejected more than 41,000 qualified applicants in 2005, compared with 33,000 in 2004 and 18,000 in 2003, and three out of four schools attributed the increased rejections in large part to an insufficient number of faculty members, according to an annual survey conducted by the american association of colleges of nursing, [color=#394b6b]usa today reports.

    as the 2006 academic year begins, 7.9% of faculty positions at nursing schools remain vacant, and, in response, a number of schools have launched programs to help increase the number of faculty members with help from the federal government, hospitals and the health insurance industry....
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Yes and this will continue until we value advanced education. I actually received a phone call from a local school of nursing that asked me (sight unseen I migh add), to teach for them.

    However, at 48 with student loans to repay, I can't take that kind of pay cut.

    Pay me more and I'll teach. I do teach CPR, ACLS, ENPC and do some occasional trauma lectures too. However, this is strictly as a volunteer.
  4. by   romie
    Running a nursing department is extremely expensive for a college or university. Besides the equipment, there are the large number of faculty required to maintain the low student teacher ratios that are mandated for nursing education. The worst of it is that most faculty positions pay a lot less than positions in clinical practice. A nurse with a masters degree and NP credentials could easily earn $75-$95K whereas the same masters prepared nurse working as a faculty member would have to take a $10-20K cut in pay.

    One comparision comes to mind to illustrate this dire situation. Music programs in universities and colleges are also very expensive due to the large number of expensive instruments needing purchasing and the large number of faculty required. A minimum of one teacher per orchestral instrument is required on staff, not to mention all the ear training and music theory faculty. There is no shortage of faculty in the music field because being a professor at a school of music is highly coveted and pays well according to the industry standard. A music professor making $45-50K is a very happy musician because there are essentially no other full time steady music jobs.
  5. by   BSNtobe2009
    I looked up a nursing instructor on and there were salaries that topped $100K.

    To me, on one side it would be nice if other students could get into nursing school. I moved from an area were if you didn't have a 3.7, you could forget it. Does that mean someone that had a 3.0 or higher would be unqualified? Of course not!

    However, I also believe if the market was saturated with nurses...everyone would suffer a cut in pay.
  6. by   HARRN2b
    What about bringing in foreigners to teach? I am just thinking out loud.
  7. by   Plagueis
    I've heard about the low salaries for nursing professors, when compared to working in the field, so to speak, but I've also been told by a few nurses who inquired about teaching jobs that some universities only want adjunct professors to fill in the gap. While the USA Today article mentions people who got teaching jobs with benefits, I think some schools may only want adjunct professors so that they don't have to pay the expense of health and retirement benefits.
  8. by   TheCommuter
    This news doesn't surprise me. There's a severe lack of master's-educated instructors available to teach all of the nursing programs.

    Why would a master's-educated nurse accept a job as a professor at a local college or regional university for $60,000 yearly when (s)he can potentially earn $80,000 to $100,000+ per year as a DON, ADON, nurse manager, or chief nursing officer of a large healthcare network?
  9. by   CHATSDALE
    just a thought
    i know that there is not any time when you can't use more money but when your kids are on their own, your loans are paid off, qualifiy yourself to bring the next generation of nurses to fruitation
  10. by   piper_for_hire
    The problem isn't with nurses wanting a good income! That smacks of martyrdom, doesn't it? If the universities really wanted a solid core of professors, they would pay for them. The use of "adjunct" professors makes sense to me. After all, universities are a business too. If they can get away with cutting costs they will - just like any other business would. Also - requiring a high GPA makes sense too - as we want people who are academically strong to teach the academic stuff.

  11. by   JPine
    41,000 applicants... Hmm... I wonder if anyone takes into account that many people now apply to more than one school in hopes of a better chance of getting in. It may just be in my area, but a lot of people I know applied to at least 3 different programs!
  12. by   Cherish
    Your right I applied to 4 programs so that really means probably more than 100,000 applications were rejected.
  13. by   traumaRUs
    Chatsdale - I just had to address your post because it really brought home the point that we as experienced nurses should be willing to help educate our new nurses.

    My kids are on their own. However, nursing is a second career for me (I became a nurse at 34) and my student loans will take a while to whittle down. I can see myself doing part-time education which was a very good suggestion. Thanks.
  14. by   sanctuary
    Seems like there are some alternative answers to the teaching shortage. A nurse with 15 years experience in a speciality, or ten and a certification should be allowed to teach. They have hundreds of hours of real life knowledge that is a better preparation than 4,6,or 8 semesters sitting in a classroom. I have learned more from experience than any book out there. The best prepared nurses I have ever known were the diploma nurses, who spent a great part of their education on the floor, actually doing the job. After all, the great Florence herself did not have a PhD in Nursing, but she soon saw that cleanliness improved outcomes. Experience is more valuable than a string of letters after one's name.
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