Learning Objective 1: Explore strategies that may entice registered nurses to teach in academia.
Learning Objective 2: Formulate a plan to implement at least two strategies in his/her state or region to entice Registered nurses to teach in academia.
Faculty shortages at nursing schools across the country are limiting student capacity at a time when the need for nurses continues to grow. According to AACN's report on (2003-2004) Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing, U.S. nursing schools turned away 15,944 qualified applicants to entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs due in part to insufficient number of faculty.
This presentation will describe research using a qualitative research design that investigated reasons registered nurses in one state who have the academic credentials to teach nursing decide not to. The study sought further to determine if the role and expectations of nurse faculty influence the nurses' decision. A purposeful sampling technique was used to choose 12 focus groups of registered nurses invited to participate using a systematic selection process. A content analysis approach was used for analyzing the data.
Results of this study identify changes that need to occur in order to entice registered nurses to teach in academia. Thus, this study has significance for leaders in higher education, nurse leaders and legislators. The presenter will discuss how recommendations if implemented can entice qualified nurses to teach in academia. Recommendations from this study can be implemented globally.