New Website Provides Information on Nurse Faculty Careers in NJ
Jun 7, 2012, 6:00 PM
New Jersey nurses considering careers as nurse faculty now have a new resource—the first of its kind in the state—where they can learn more about this career option. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) last week launched “WeTeachNursingNJ.com,” a website providing important resources and information about what a career as nurse faculty involves and the pathway to that career.
New Jersey has a staggering 10.5 percent vacancy rate for nurse faculty. If those positions are not filled, nursing schools may have to turn away prospective nursing students, which would exacerbate the shortage of the nurses required to meet the state’s growing health care needs. That shortage could have a significant negative effect on health and health care in the state.
Many faculty at New Jersey nursing schools are approaching retirement, and there are not enough people in the pipeline to fill their positions, in part because few practicing nurses have the qualifications necessary to teach. One hurdle for some is the education requirement— candidates for nurse faculty in New Jersey must hold at least a master’s degree.
“WeTeachNursingNJ.com” provides information on what to expect as a nurse faculty member, as well as the education and skills necessary to pursue that career path. It also includes profiles of current nurse faculty and a list of nursing programs in each county in the state.
This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.