The nursing shortage is exacerbated by the faculty shortage, as faculty approach retirement age and too few faculty exist to replace them. Masters-prepared nurse with limited preparation for teaching may be unable to attend traditional educational programs because of work and family commitments. Without further academic preparation, these nurses are illprepared for the faculty role. The College of Nursing partnered with the College of Education to develop a nurse educator degree program to prepare nurses for the faculty role. Blended and online courses are provided by the Colleges of Nursing. The EdD. in Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators degree can be completed in three years of coursework followed by dissertation research.
Health Resources and Services Administration (2003) Changing demographics: Implications for physicians, nurses and other health workers.
AACN Task Force on the Faculty Shortage (2011) Faculty shortage in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs: Scope of the problem and strategies for expanding the supply. American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington DC.
Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing (2002) Southern Region Education Board (SREB) study indicates serious shortage of nursing faculty.