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September 26, 2011

Unique Initiative Designed to Ease National Shortage of Nurse Educators

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I received this press release in my email today and felt I would post it here for you to read and comment on.  I like the idea of this new track, but I am concerned with the push to have nurses get out of nursing by getting a higher degree.  I recognize that we need more nurse educators to facilitate more nursing graduates out on the floors, but it seems to me that there is such a push for all nurses to get that next degree that it takes your focus off why you went into nursing to begin with–patient care.

Let me know what you think about this press release.  I get these all the time and if you want I will be happy to repost them here for discussion.  Just let me know if that is what you want.


Cleveland State University Creates Innovative Nursing Education Program

Unique Initiative Designed to Ease National Shortage of Nurse Educators


Cleveland, Ohio (September 21, 2011) – In an effort to  help ease the national shortage of nurses and nurse educators, Cleveland State University (CSU) has announced a new Nursing Education Specialization track within its Urban Education PhD program.


Beginning this fall, the new track will help to alleviate the strain within America’s nursing education infrastructure by preparing nurses for research-oriented faculty positions. There is a rapidly increasing need for well-trained, urban-based nurses throughout the country, as well as a shortage of nursing faculty prepared at the doctoral level. CSU’s doctoral program will teach research based nurse educators how to prepare practitioners to meet the complex healthcare needs in urban and culturally diverse communities.

In order to further encourage the pursuit of careers in nursing education, CSU has received a competitive grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to assist graduate students interested in becoming nurse educators. Acting through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS has allocated Nursing Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) funds to CSU students enrolled in an eligible advanced degree program in nursing (master’s or doctoral) at the School. After graduation from the program, loan recipients may cancel up to 85% of the NFLP loan over a consecutive four-year period, while serving as full-time nursing educators at a school of nursing.

For the city of Cleveland, the specialization track symbolizes a new dawn, as CSU will be the first university in Ohio to offer such a track within their doctoral program. Currently nurses with an interest in teaching have to join programs outside the State of Ohio. As the national demand for nurses continues to increase, CSU’s initiative will exemplify a creative vision to address a long term need.

“Nurse educators have a profound impact on their students and subsequently, those graduating nurses will engage in professional practice to improve health outcomes for patients, their families and the communities they serve,” said Dr. Vida Lock, Dean of Cleveland State University’s School of Nursing. “CSU’s new Nursing Education Specialization Track aligns closely with CSUs mission and is another example of the University’s fostering of interdisciplinary collaboration to prepare professionals focused on leadership, social justice and partnerships to address contemporary urban issues.”

With the demand for doctors and nurses expected to increase as the baby boomer generation reaches retirement, CSU’s new program could not have come at a better time. In addition, the School of Nursing’s community-based curriculum will prove to be an excellent teaching “lab” for future nursing educators to hone their skills.

The School of Nursing is an independent academic unit within the University’s structure, underscoring the commitment to nursing education by the Board of Trustees and University President. Prospective doctoral candidates are required to hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree, an active unrestricted nursing license, and have recent experience in nursing practice or education. Graduate faculty members in CSU’s School of Nursing will mentor candidates in the Nursing Education track and serve on dissertation committees, guiding these future academics in research that will add to the body of scientific knowledge related to preparing future nursing professionals as well as keeping all nurses current with the ever changing practice of health care.




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March 30, 2010

Nursing Workforce Getting More Diverse, Older

This is another take on an article I posted previously about nursing getting older.  I like this article because of the statistics that really make a point.  I also really like the site this comes from,  According to this article, if we are not truly having a nursing shortage right now (and we all know we are) then we will have a doozy of a shortage in about 10-15 years when the 50ish nurses all get ready to retire and not enough new nurses have come down the pipeline to replace them.  Gives you something to think about, huh?

Let me know if you have any suggestions that we can implement to prevent such a massive shortage.


Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, March 29, 2010

An extensive federal survey of nursing trends from 2004 to 2008 shows a growing diversity of backgrounds in an increasing registered nurse workforce.

The report—entitled The Registered Nurse Population: Initial Findings from the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses—also reveals a trend of more highly educated, male, and foreign-trained nurses.

The trends, however, showed dramatic increases among older registered nurses, prompting concerns from officials about retirements impeding the growth of the nursing workforce.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, released the report this month. Published every four years by HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions, the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses is what officials describe as the preeminent source of statistics on trends over time for the nation’s largest health profession.

The report also includes comparisons from eight recurring surveys, 1980 through 2008.

The report showed that:

  • The number of licensed registered nurses in the U.S. grew to a new high of 3.1 million between 2004 and 2008.
  • 16.8% of nurses in 2008 were Asian, Black/African-American/American Indian/Alaska Native, and/or Hispanic—an increase from 12.2% in 2004.
  • An estimated 170,235 registered nurses (RN) living in the US received their initial nursing education in another country or a US territory, comprising 5.6% of the US nursing population, compared with 3.7% in 2007. About half of the internationally educated RNs living in the US in 2008 were from the Philippines, with another 11.5% from Canada, and 9.4% from India.
  • Women outnumber men by more than 15 to 1 in the overall number of RNs, but among those who became RNs after 1990, there is one male RN to every 10 women, the report stated.
  • The average age of all licensed RNs increased to 47 years in 2008 from 46.8 in 2004; this represents “stabilization after many years of continuing large increases in the average age,” the report stated.

Nearly 45% of RNs were 50 years of age or older in 2008, a dramatic increase from 33% in 2000 and 25% in 1980. “The aging trends in the RN population has raised concerns that future retirements could substantially reduce the size of the US nursing workforce at the same time the general population is growing older and the proportion who are elderly is increasing,” the report said.

Overall, Dr. Mary K. Wakefield, the HRSA administrator, said officials are “encouraged by growth in the numbers and diversity of registered nurses and HRSA is committed to continuing this trend to ensure an adequate supply and distribution of nurses in the future.”

Reacting to the findings, the American Nurses Association said it was “pleased to note the increasing diversity of the nation’s population of registered nurses.”

“More and more nurses have advanced training; more than half of American registered nurses have a bachelor’s degree or higher,” the ANA said. “Registered nurses in the US exhibit an increasing diversity of origins.”

“By gender, race, and ethnic origin, US nurses are also increasingly diverse,” the ANA said. “In the 2008 data, there were more male nurses, more non-white nurses, and more Hispanic nurses than ever before.”

“Greater minority involvement in the health professions, including nurses, is critical,” Wakefield said in a statement to HealthLeaders Media. “Numerous studies indicate that underserved communities benefit from the service of minority providers, who are more likely to choose to practice in these communities,” she said.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing reported that there was a large increase in the number of internationally-educated nursing graduates who passed the National Council Licensure Examination, from 5,000 nurses in 1998 to more than 22,000 nurses in 2007.

“The growth in the number of internationally-educated nurses passing the NCLEX is consistent with the substantial growth in the number of internationally educated RNs living in the US,” the report stated.

Additional findings included:

  • There are also wide variations across states in the number of employed nurses per 100,000 people. The lowest numbers of employed RNs per 100,000 were in Utah, (598), Nevada (681), and California (638), while the largest numbers were in the District of Columbia, (1,868), South Dakota, (1,333), and North Dakota, (1,273).
  • Half of RNs have achieved a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing or a nursing related field in 2008, compared to 27.5% in 1980.
  • The number of RNs with a master’s or doctor’s degree rose to 404,163 in 2008, an increase of 46.9% from 2004, and up from 85,860 in 1980.
  • Average annual earnings for RNs in 2008 were $66,973, an increase of almost 15.9 % from 2004, a figure that slightly outpaced inflation.

Joe Cantlupe is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media Online. He can be reached at

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