Journal of Nursing Education

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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Challenges in Securing Federal Support for Graduate Nursing Education

Kae Rivers Livsey, MPH, RN; Debbie Campbell, MSN, RN; Alexia Green, PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

ABSTRACT

The nursing shortage continues to escalate while literally thousands of qualified applicants are being turned away from nursing schools across the nation, largely because of insufficient numbers of nursing faculty. In this article, we attempt to summarize the scope of the current nursing faculty shortage, discuss the role of federal policies in contributing to and addressing the problem, and propose policy strategies for expanding the capacity of the current and future pool of nursing faculty.

AUTHORS

Received: July 24, 2006

Accepted: January 24, 2007

Ms. Livsey is Research Associate and PhD candidate, George Mason University, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, College of Health and Human Services, Fairfax, Virginia, Ms. Campbell is Director of Government Affairs, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC, and Dr. Green is Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas.

Address correspondence to Kae Rivers Livsey, MPH, RN, Research Associate, George Mason University, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, College of Health and Human Services, 4400 University Drive, MS 1J3, Fairfax, VA 22030; e-mail: klivsey@gmu.edu.

Abstract

ABSTRACT

The nursing shortage continues to escalate while literally thousands of qualified applicants are being turned away from nursing schools across the nation, largely because of insufficient numbers of nursing faculty. In this article, we attempt to summarize the scope of the current nursing faculty shortage, discuss the role of federal policies in contributing to and addressing the problem, and propose policy strategies for expanding the capacity of the current and future pool of nursing faculty.

AUTHORS

Received: July 24, 2006

Accepted: January 24, 2007

Ms. Livsey is Research Associate and PhD candidate, George Mason University, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, College of Health and Human Services, Fairfax, Virginia, Ms. Campbell is Director of Government Affairs, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC, and Dr. Green is Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas.

Address correspondence to Kae Rivers Livsey, MPH, RN, Research Associate, George Mason University, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, College of Health and Human Services, 4400 University Drive, MS 1J3, Fairfax, VA 22030; e-mail: klivsey@gmu.edu.

ABSTRACT

The nursing shortage continues to escalate while literally thousands of qualified applicants are being turned away from nursing schools across the nation, largely because of insufficient numbers of nursing faculty. In this article, we attempt to summarize the scope of the current nursing faculty shortage, discuss the role of federal policies in contributing to and addressing the problem, and propose policy strategies for expanding the capacity of the current and future pool of nursing faculty.

AUTHORS

Received: July 24, 2006

Accepted: January 24, 2007

Ms. Livsey is Research Associate and PhD candidate, George Mason University, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, College of Health and Human Services, Fairfax, Virginia, Ms. Campbell is Director of Government Affairs, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC, and Dr. Green is Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas.

Address correspondence to Kae Rivers Livsey, MPH, RN, Research Associate, George Mason University, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, College of Health and Human Services, 4400 University Drive, MS 1J3, Fairfax, VA 22030; e-mail: klivsey@gmu.edu.

10.3928/01484834-20070401-07

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