Recently there has been much attention focused on the shortage of nurses in the United States with an anticipated deficit in excess of one million registered nurses by 2020. Practical and theoretical explanations for the shortage often cite a lack of nursing faculty as a contributing factor to the crisis. Each year, thousands of qualified students are denied admission to nursing schools across the nation, in large part due to lack of faculty and clinical resources. Although economic, social, and financial motivators may provide clues as to why so few nurses pursue faculty lines, solutions for reversing the trend, such as best practices for recruiting and retaining nursing faculty, are notably absent in the literature.
The current study investigated strategies implemented for improvement of nurse faculty recruitment and retention in colleges of nursing accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) within the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Using a mixed methods process, quantitative and qualitative data were analyzed. Quantitative data were obtained from information within colleges of nursing's self-study accreditation documents. Qualitative data were acquired through survey data obtained from deans of colleges of nursing in programs accredited by the CCNE within the SREB. This study explored what colleges of nursing are undertaking to recruit and retain nursing faculty, highlight commonly cited reasons for the deficit, identify effective strategies used to counter the problem, and determine the effectiveness of these strategies. Based on these findings, the possibility for additional accreditation criteria standards that speak more directly to sustainable attainment and retention of nurse educators will be recommended. The author also offers a model of "best practices" in recruiting and retaining nursing faculty.
|Commitee:||Beineke, John, Holifield, Mitchell, O'Meara, Daniel, Skorga, Phyllis, Welsh, Josie|
|School:||Arkansas State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Arkansas|
|Source:||DAI-B 76/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Faculty, Nursing, Recruitment, Retention|
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