There is a documented dearth of qualified nursing faculty, particularly those who are culturally, ethnically, and gender diverse. The lack of nursing faculty is an issue of local and national concern. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)’s 2010 annual survey, 54.5% of schools reported vacancies needing to be filled (Tracy & Fang, 2010). The National League for Nursing (NLN) contends the main obstacle to expanding admissions in nursing programs is the lack of available faculty (NLN, 2010).
For more information, refer to the following websites:
American Association of Colleges of Nursing: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/
National League for Nursing: http://www.nln.org/
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2011) Fact sheet: Enhancing diversity in the nursing workforce. Accessed March 8, 2011, from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Media/pdf/diversityFS/pdf
National League for Nursing (2010) The State of nursing education capacity: 2007-2008. Accessed March 26, 2011, from http://www.nln.org/research/index.htm
Tracy C. and Fang D. (2010) Special survey on vacant faculty positions for academic year 2010-2011. Accessed March 8, 2010, from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/IDS/pdf/vacancy10.pdf