A series of studies that examine the effectiveness of several cutting-edge approaches used in nursing schools to address the nations acute shortage of nurse faculty were featured in the November issue of Nursing Education Perspectives, according to a news release.
The studies were funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education program. Addressing the nurse faculty shortage is critical to preparing the nursing workforce to meet the growing demand for healthcare, according to the release.
We are pleased to have this important work highlighted in this issue, Nancy Wieler Fishman, MPH, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said in the release. This thoughtful and focused research will inform education innovations in the nursing profession.
The studies described in these articles provide valuable insights into what’s working and what needs fine tuning, EIN National Program Director Michael Yedidia, PhD, a professor at Rutgers University Center for State Health Policy, New Brunswick, N.J., said in the release. Use of clinical simulation and reliance on dedicated education units, for example, are becoming increasingly prominent in nursing education. These EIN-supported studies were designed to yield sound evidence of the impact of these and other approaches on students, faculty and the quality of education.
The studies are included in the Perspectives issue, each addressing a different aspect of an intervention aimed at solving the nurse faculty shortage.
Nursing Education Perspectives is published by the National League for Nursing. In an introductory essay to the issue, Yedidia said the 2011 EIN national survey of nurse faculty members revealed that 32% said they were likely to leave the profession within five years, including 31% of respondents ages 51 to 60 and 20% in younger age groups. He also called for the creation of a school-based nursing education research network.