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How to tackle the shortage of US academic nursing staff

As student demand increases, a greater emphasis on flexibility, mentorship and career progression is needed to recruit and retain the nurses that American faculties need
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As student demand increases, a greater emphasis on flexibility, mentorship and career progression is needed to recruit and retain the nurses that American faculties need

The insufficient number of doctoral-prepared nurses available for faculty positions, especially those with the secure employment agreements associated with tenure, should be considered a national crisis.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), nursing schools have limited the number of students admitted to baccalaureate and graduate programmes due to a lack of faculty staff. The AACN also notes the increasing number of faculty vacancies, with almost 93% of the vacancies requiring or preferring a doctoral degree.

Demand outstrips supply

The growing number of faculty vacancies is not driven only by increasing faculty retirements, an increasingly competitive job market, a shortage of nurses at doctoral level and the fact that such nurses

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