Who will educate our nurses? A strategy to address the nurse faculty shortage in New Jersey

Angela M. Gerolamo, Amy Overcash, Jennifer McGovern, Grace Roemer, Susan Bakewell-Sachs

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    Abstract

    Background: The nurse faculty shortage hampers the capacity of the nursing workforce to respond to the demands of the evolving health care system. As a strategy to address the shortage in New Jersey, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation implemented the New Jersey Nursing Initiative Faculty Preparation Program to prepare nurses for the faculty role. This article highlights program implementation successes and challenges, scholar and faculty perceptions of the program, and provides recommendations for others interested in preparing nurse faculty. Methods: This evaluation uses data from scholar surveys and focus groups, interviews with grantees, and grantee reports. Results: Findings suggest that a program that includes generous monetary support, socialization to the nurse faculty role, and formal education courses produces graduates who readily assume a faculty position and are committed to at least a part-time career in nursing education. Conclusions: This evaluation emphasizes the need to carefully design programs that integrate faculty preparation and advanced clinical training.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)275-284
    Number of pages10
    JournalNursing outlook
    Volume62
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 2014

    Keywords

    • Faculty preparation
    • Nurse faculty shortage

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nursing(all)

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