Lack of university faculty adds to nursing shortage

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SAN DIEGO – Even with the demand for nurses continuing to grow, students wanting to pursue a career in the field are being turned away at California State Universities.

“There’s a limit to how many students we can take in the system given we don’t have money to hire new faculty,” said Philip Greiner, SDSU School of Nursing Director.

A big stumbling block to getting more teachers is the lure of making more money as a nurse.

“A new graduate can earn anywhere from $65,000 to $85,000 a year.  Which is generally more than what we pay a faculty member,” Greiner said.

Nurse and Patient

A nurse checks a patient’s IV line. (Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times)

Limited faculty means fewer spots in the program and even more competition for students.

The desire to be a nurse comes natural for San Diego State student Jasmine Henderson.

“Helping people and helping them get back on their feet when they’re at their lowest,” said Henderson.

She’s getting ready to graduate and hopes to land a job soon as the state deals with a nursing shortage.

“The chances are really slim.  At orientation they said they only accept 80 out of 900.  It’s definitely a lot of pressure – studying and trying to keep up with everyone else,” said Monica Dorsey, a pre-nursing student.

3 comments

  • Kris

    You people need to get your facts straight. There is NO Nurse shortage in southern CA. San Diego nursing school graduates are having to leave the state or take lower paying jobs in home health or skilled nursing facilities in order to work.

  • Ben Dover

    FOX you have some very wrong information, although the schools may be impacted with students trying to get in; many new graduates are having an extremely difficult time finding nursing positions in Southern California. I graduated this past August, and 3 of my classmates have already moved out of state for nursing positions because there is such high competition and little to choose from here in SoCal.

  • Lisa

    I wonder how much this media blitz cost the deceptive nursing power lobby in consultant fees. The sad thing to see is so many lazy, misinformed reporters doing their bidding. On the plus side, the choice of California as the place to blanket with BS was a good one, as we are one of the states with the highest unemployment rates of newly graduated nurses.

    Jason, are you aware that the American Association of Colleges of Nursing is well aware of this vast surplus of nurses who are not able to land a job in the field after months of searching as evidenced by their comments responding to a well-researched and written (as opposed to the regurgitated talking points that you and Josh Dulaney, et al dished out) article in CNNMoney last January?

    Are you aware that "not having enough seats for all qualified applicants" is common to many professions? That's what admission committees are supposed to sort out,, is it not?

    Are you aware that the very same people who are now bemoaning this severe lack of faculty are in fact also trying to push all current master's prepared faculty and future faculty to get a clinical doctorate (DNP) by 2015, thus creating a bottleneck all by themselves then turning right around and spreading misinformation about the faculty shortage?

    Are you aware that the most often-cited nursing workplace analyst , Peter Buerhaus recently stated that the the number of nursing graduates in the the 2nd half of the last decade was the largest in recorded history? Who taught these people?

    It's a sad day when a commenter has to do the homework for professional journalists.

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