The Need for Advance Practice Nurses with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Clinical Teaching Roles
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reported that U.S. nursing schools turned away 68,938 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2014.
The reason? An insufficient number of clinical sites, limited classroom space and access to clinical preceptors, budget constraints, and the number one factor: lack of faculty.
And it’s not that the jobs aren’t available. Another AACN report noted that, within the 741 nursing schools surveyed for vacancies during the 2015-2016 academic year, there were a total of 1,328 vacant faculty positions.
With a lack of nurse educators limiting the number of applicants accepted to nursing programs, the cycle continues.
There are many initiatives being made by universities and health institutions across the country to create scholarships and other incentives to increase the number of nurse educators. Filling these vacant job slots is crucial to ensure educational opportunities for future nurse practitioners during a time when they are in such high demand.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for nursing instructors are projected to grow by 35 percent in the next five to 10 years, with top employers being colleges, universities and professional schools, technical and trade schools, and general medical and surgical hospitals.
Additionally, recent data released from the BLS stated that healthcare support occupations and healthcare practitioners are projected to be the fastest growing occupation groups next to technical occupations between the years 2014 and 2024.
The good news: for those pursing their DNP, careers in clinical practice are abundant. The bad news: without some of those nurse practitioners choosing a career as a nurse educator, there may not be the opportunity for future students to be accepted to nursing programs.
Students enrolled in Alvernia’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program have the opportunity to study under professors who are experts in the field, with years of experience and variety in research and specialized areas of focus.