Learning Objective 1: understand how the current shortage of PhD prepared nurses impacts nursing and healthcare.
Learning Objective 2: articulate the need for dedicated, qualified mentors to assist new PhD students transition into the professorial role.
According to the Institute of Medicine (2011), the nurse faculty shortage significantly impacts the nursing shortage. Nursing programs in the United States have difficulties recruiting faculty due to the lack of qualified candidates (NLN, 2010). Additionally, many nurse faculty leave higher education due to a lack of understanding or preparation related to the scholarship requirements needed for tenure.
This presentation will discuss the impact of the shortage of nurses prepared at the PhD level on the nursing shortage and healthcare in general. It will include a discussion of how a Nursing PhD program in a moderate sized private university has begun to institute a formal mentoring program to effectively prepare new PhD graduates to transition more effectively into tenure track positions as nurse educators in colleges and universities. Principles of mentoring and the importance of dedicated mentors to assist PhD students become competent nurse educators as well as nurse researchers will be explicated.
Institute of Medicine. (2011). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
National League for Nurses. (2010). NLNnurse educator shortage fact sheet. Retrieved from:
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