Sunday, December 26, 2010

Jonas Center Quantifies Impact of Nursing Faculty Shortage | All Sites Nursing News

The shortage of nurse educators could affect the care of millions of patients, according to estimates by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence.

Each nurse educator position left unfilled could impact healthcare for 3.6 million patients, according to the report. Schools with baccalaureate nursing programs have about 900 faculty vacancies, with thousands more likely to arise in the next 15 years.

Darlene Curley, RN, MS, executive director of the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, and Christine Kovner, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor at New York University College of Nursing, developed a formula to measure the impact of nursing faculty vacancies on patients. They considered the average number of students taught by one faculty member and the number of patients cared for by a typical RN. They note that their estimates are conservative.

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