Trend: How TX is coping with nursing instructor shortage

In Texas, it's not just the nursing shortage--there's an acute nursing instructor shortage underway as well. To address this problem, nursing schools there are getting creative, instituting Web-based classes, providing stipends for new nursing teachers and taking other steps to staff nurse teaching positions. Right now, as in other states, Texas faces a severe nursing shortage over the next decade, but many nursing applicants can't even get an education. In Texas, in fact, nearly half of qualified applicants can't get into programs, according to state health officials. This gap isn't surprising, however, given that nurses with a master's degree may make $80,000 in non-academic settings but about half of that as an instructor. Also, many nurse faculty members are retiring, making the teaching vacancy rate worse.

To address this problem, some schools have begun offering stipends of $5,000 to $8,000 to new nurse-faculty recruits. When they succeed in attracting professionals through this route, schools use them not only in the classroom, but also to offer online classes. The schools are also working with hospitals, which provide clinical and lab training while the university or college offers the classroom lectures.

To find out more about Texas schools' faculty cultivation efforts:
 - read this article from The Dallas Morning News

Related Articles:
PA launches nurse training initiative. Report
Northern VA hospitals subsidize nurse training. Report
Study: Nursing shortage gap closing. Report
PA launches nurse training initiative. Report
Displaced auto workers offered nursing education. Report
FL nursing school fosters minority PhDs. Report

Suggested Articles

The profit margins and management of Community Health Group raise questions about oversight of managed care insurers.

Financial experts are warning practices about the pitfalls of promoting medical credit cards to their patients.

A proposed rule issued by HHS on Tuesday would expand short-term coverage, a move Seema Verma said will have "virtually no impact" on ACA premiums.