Advocate Search Group fills over 100 critical Nurse & Allied Health Educator and Administrator vacancies each year at colleges and universities throughout the USA.

Teacher deficits are being felt across the board, but in the rural areas, the problem is confounded by the very fact that they are rural. In times past, for example, it would not be surprising to receive 150 applicants at a rural college for one open English position, today the number is more like 30 and few of them are qualified for the position.

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You would think with the rising cost of tuition, (approximately twice the rate of inflation) college staff would be well paid and content. Unfortunately, the only entity benefiting from higher tuition is the college proper. Here are just a few reasons why adjunct professors and those they teach are suffering despite higher costs.

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Community Colleges are responsible for teaching up to 70% of the college population, and even before the economic recession, they were struggling to make ends meet. Lower state funds has equaled drastic measures to cut cost while simultaneously raising tuition rates.

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Healthcare is among the fastest growing of any profession. Each day however, many prospective students are unable to enter their profession of choice because of a shortage that most people aren’t aware of. There simply aren’t enough nursing educators to instruct them all. While the shortage of nursing staff is in high demand is well known, the fact that there aren’t enough professors of nursing seems to have escaped the media’s notice. While a good nursing educator teaches their student all that they need to know, some go above and beyond to have a huge impact on the lives of their students. Great nursing professors create great nurses, but what are some of the qualities that make a great professor of nursing?

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The time has never been better for retired nurses to seek part-time work as an adjunct professor. From 2014 to 2034, it is expected that 80 million Americans will retire. For someone to live comfortably in their older years, it is estimated that $1,000,000 would have to be saved up for retirement. That’s a lot of savings. As this number increases each year, part-time employment is going to become scarce. If you are a retired nurse, think about the possibility of going into teaching.

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A nursing candidate that is regularly engaged during the hiring process is more likely to join your company. Too often, we forget that we have real people waiting for responses. When we leave people in limbo, they tend to move on with what they are doing. So what are some simple things you can do to improve the hiring process?

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What qualifications do nurses need to be an educator in the field of nursing? The first step is an R.N. degree and experience in nursing. Many nurses who have worked in hospitals across the nation chose to become educators to pass along their knowledge to others who are just starting out in the nursing field. Classroom learning and laboratory training are part of the education but the best nurses are those who have had experience in a variety of areas treating patients in clinics and hospitals.

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Nurses are the healthcare professionals who are always at the patient’s bedside. They are the ones who provide their patients the attention and care that sometimes family members cannot give. Nurses are valuable. That is why the national shortage of nurses in the United States is very alarming. It is true that there has been a shortage of nurses through the years, but it was always in varying degrees. Recently, because of the limited capacity of various nursing schools and the aging nurses in the workforce, the shortage is starting to feel like a crisis. This is not a good thing for healthcare providers and their patients.

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Simulation is rapidly spreading in the world of nursing education.  Nursing students are said to learn better with simulation or patient simulators, especially in light of the following issues:

  • Progressing number of nursing programs
  • Limited clinical sites
  • Certain healthcare settings that do not allow students to take vital signs or administer medications
  • Initiatives for patient safety that cuts back on the number of students that care for patients or limits students to just observing procedures of patient care

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Do you want to become a nurse? Is helping patients achieve a good quality of life, what you truly want? Nursing involves empathy and compassion, combined with the right knowledge to facilitate health. In these modern times, nurses are already given new roles. They are now involved in the detection and control of hypertension, managing developmental disabilities, emergency treatments for victims of rape, midwifery, counseling to dying patients and their families, and substance abuse. They are also involved more in home care.

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