ERIC Number: ED465390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
The Nursing Shortage and the Role of Community Colleges in Nurse Education. Executive Summary. AACC Research Brief.
Viterito, Arthur; Teich, Carolyn
This is a report by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) on a the shortage of registered nurses (RN) in the United States and the role of community colleges in nurse education. Reasons for the shortage include: (1) inadequate wages; (2) heavy workloads; (3) undesirable work schedules; (4) increased administrative duties; (5) low job security; and (6) few options for advancement. These factors have all led to increased job dissatisfaction, higher turnover, and less interest in the profession. The average age of RNs in 2000 was 42 years and is expected to increase, which will eventually lead to more of a shortage. Community colleges, who have a large part in training and graduating nurses, must improve recruitment and retention efforts for nursing programs in order to help resolve the nursing shortage. Some effective resolution strategies disclosed in the report are: (1) staging public advertising campaigns; (2) promoting the pursuit of health careers to elementary, middle school, and high school students; (3) increasing the number and financial amount of scholarships offered by nursing programs; and (4) offering student loan extension and repayment assistance. The report also recommends that hospitals and other health profession employers find ways to improve job satisfaction, such as flexible schedules, overtime bonuses, transportation reimbursement, childcare, relocation compensation, and increased benefits. A list of community colleges with the highest number of associate degree Nursing graduates is also included. (Contains 17 references.) (MKF)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, College Role, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Educational Objectives, Labor Force Development, Nursing, Nursing Education, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.