The Nursing Faculty Shortage

A Crisis for Health Care

The shortage of nursing faculty in the United States is a critical problem that directly affects the nation’s nurse shortage, which is projected to worsen in future years. Short-term interventions to address the nursing shortage are inadequate given the increasing needs of a growing and aging population.

A substantial increase in newly educated nurses will be needed to meet future demand. Consequently, timely and sustainable interventions to reduce the nursing faculty shortage are required.

This paper highlights solutions to the nursing faculty shortage. It is based on a review of published literature and data, including surveys by government and professional organizations, studies by state task forces addressing the nursing shortage, foundation reports, and reviews by such groups as the National Conference of State Legislatures of activities at the state level, as well as author interviews with leaders in nursing education.