The nursing literature reveals an expected shortage of faculty and nurses. In September 2011, the AACN reported a national nursing faculty shortage of 7.7% . U. S. nursing schools turned away 67,563 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2010 due to insufficient number of faculty. This survey of 605 nursing schools (baccalaureate and/or graduate programs) reported a need to create an additional 104 faculty positions to accommodate student demand. The purpose of this article is two-fold: summarize the major role responsibilities of full-time faculty in a pre-licensure nursing program and encourage RNs to pursue this career path. The opportunity to teach one-on-one with nursing students is very rewarding. The role is very flexible and inspires autonomous, self-directed individuals. This rewarding career will enable one to conduct research and publish articles. The articleâs aim is to encourage RNs to teach nursing by discussing the interview process, contractual role responsibilities, and the peer review process one will experience in this role.
Last date updated on June, 2014