A Publication of WTVP

Increased nursing employment opportunities exist in a stable job market. However, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, there were not enough teachers to provide classroom and clinical instruction for the 41,183 qualified applicants who were denied admission to nursing programs across the country in 2005. Saint Francis College of Nursing (SFCON) received 341 applications for 2007 and admitted 90 students in the spring and 90 in the fall. The remaining 161 qualified students who were not admitted were offered consideration for the 2008 school year.

To relieve the nursing shortage, it is critical that qualified nurses are available to teach prospective nursing students. The National League for Nursing reported 1,390 unfilled, budgeted faculty positions nationwide in 2006. This represented a 7.9 percent faculty vacancy rate in baccalaureate and higher degree programs, which is a 32 percent increase since 2002. All faculty positions for fall semester are filled at SFCON; however, additional faculty will be needed for an anticipated enrollment of 462 students in spring 2008. The projected enrollment for fall 2007 is 406 students, which is a 17 percent increase from fall 2006. With additional faculty and clinical sites the College could further increase enrollment to accommodate students who are waiting for admission in 2008.

Salient factors impacting the faculty shortage locally are:

The College of Nursing is dealing with the faculty shortage by:

The nurse faculty shortage is limiting nursing programs in their ability to educate the one million nurses needed by 2014. Healthcare agencies and nursing programs will need to work together to develop innovative strategies to eliminate the faculty shortage. IBI