ERIC Number: ED462033
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
SREB Study Indicates Serious Shortage of Nursing Faculty.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA. Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing.
The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing appointed an ad hoc committee to study the implications of nursing shortages for nursing education programs in the 16 SREB states and the District of Columbia. In May 2001, surveys were sent to 491 colleges and universities that prepare students for licensure as registered nurses, and 275 of these institutions completed and returned their surveys. Most of the responding nursing institutions were in rural areas or small cities and in public colleges or universities. These institutions offer 525 programs, of which 58% are associate's programs and 141 graduate programs (75% master's programs). Thirty-one percent of these institutions offer courses off campus. In the 2000-2001 academic year, only 28 doctoral graduates and 209 master's graduates had completed formal preparation as nurse educators, and there were 432 unfilled positions for nurse educators. A total of 342 nurse educators had resigned, and 144 had retired. There were, in these institutions, 971 nurse educators without the minimal academic credential for national accreditation. Most faculty members were White, with African Americans representing 12%, and American Indians, Asians, and Latinos each representing 2% or less. Racial diversity was greatest in the baccalaureate programs. Most of the nursing education units could have accepted more students. Based on the survey results, the SREB Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing plans to work to establish regional consortia of graduate programs, improve data collection and dissemination of demographic data, collaborate with national organizations to address nurse educator recruitment, and perform cost benefit analyses of distance learning technology for nursing. (Contains 24 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA. Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing.