With the changing of the times, comes the eventuality of succession. Baby boomers (people born between 1946-1960) have begun stepping down from the active job market. It is essential that society realizes the impact of this process.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported a nurse educator vacancy rate of more than 1300 in more than 650 nursing programs nationwide. One of the biggest issues is due to the lack of qualified nursing faculty within the nursing schools. In the past years, there have been over 100,000 qualified nursing students that have had to be turned away from nursing schools due to the major decline in available and qualified faculty within the schools. It has been indicated that there are even more positions vacant than have been documented. These numbers are showing that, due to the low number of professors, the nursing schools are falling short in the education of the nurses needed to meet American healthcare needs.
Nearly every state in the United States is facing a nursing shortage. It goes without saying that we need to graduate more nursing staff in order to ensure that our national nursing shortage does not get worse. The problem is that you may not be able to become a nurse even if you qualify and have the desire.