Nursing Instructors

Several developments will create good employment opportunities for nursing instructors. The U.S. Department of Labor projects employment growth for registered nurses to be much faster than the average through 2018. In addition, those practicing nursing specialties will also be in great demand. Because of this, there will be a corresponding demand for nursing instructors. The AACN reports that 41,385 qualified applicants were not accepted to baccalaureate nursing programs in 2008. Nearly 71 percent of responding schools said that an insufficient number of faculty was a factor for not accepting all applicants. As more students apply to nursing school, more nursing instructors will be needed to teach students and make up for staffing shortages. Additionally, the average age of full-time nursing faculty with doctorates was 55.7 in 2008, according to the AACN. This means that by 2019 approximately three-quarters of nursing school faculty will retire, and this should also add to a shortage of and demand for nursing teachers.

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