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Problems with Teacher Retention in Nursing Schools

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The nursing field is quite stable and offers great job opportunities for many - many of which offer great advancement opportunities. With the steady growth of this field, so has there been a steady growth of applicants for nursing schools. Unfortunately, the amount of instructors has not risen with the number, so this means there is a shortage of educators. This has caused a long waiting list to develop and a shortage of registered nurses in the year of 2009.


Since a lot of the teachers that are instructing in nursing schools today are reaching retirement age, this is contributing to the problem. In the San Francisco Chronicle, an article was written in 2006 by Joanne Pohl, who is a dean of nursing at the University of Michigan. She pointed out that around 40 percent of the instructors within their faculty were 60 years old and over.


A lot more nursing schools and colleges are beginning to make it mandatory for nursing educators to have a master's degree or doctoral degree to be able to teach. A lot of the individuals who have the degrees in nursing decide to work in non-academic positions, such as a private practice or other nursing services.

Job Dissatisfaction

With the big workload teaching field's demand on teachers, it makes the position a dissatisfying one. This is one of the reasons that many teachers decide to leave the field.


The salaries for nursing school teachers haven't raised like the salaries for clinical nursing positions have risen; making it so that many teachers leave their jobs.


Since there is a shortage in teachers in these schools, some universities and colleges are starting to offer benefits to those who would like to become a teacher - some of the benefits include tuition assistance and flexible schedules.
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