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Nursing Faculty Shortage


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  2013 annual survey, U.S. nursing schools had to turn away over 79,000 qualified applicants to baccalaureate and graduate degrees due to insufficient resources. Two-thirds of the schools who responded noted faculty shortages to be a main reason for not accepting applicants (AACN, 2014). According to the 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:

National League for Nursing:


American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2014) Fact sheet: Enhancing diversity in the nursing workforce. Accessed January 23, 2017, from 

National League for Nursing (2010) The State of nursing education capacity: 2007-2008. Accessed March 26, 2011, from

Tracy C. and Fang D. (2010) Special survey on vacant faculty positions for academic year 2010-2011. Accessed March 8, 2010, from

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