The Nursing Shortage: What Can Nurse Educators Do?

developing nursing students with resilienceby Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

The Problem

Approximately 100,000 Registered Nurses and 34,000 Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses have left the workforce in the last two years as a result of stress, burnout, and retirement. These findings from the 2022 National Nursing Workforce Survey are quite alarming. However, additional findings paint an even more disturbing picture. Another 610,388 nurses reported an “intent to leave” the workforce by 2027. An additional 188,962 RNs younger than forty reported similar intentions to leave nursing. Altogether, about one-fifth of RNs nationally are projected to leave the workforce by 2027 (Smiley, Allgeyer,2023).

Why are these nurses, particularly those under forty, planning to leave?  continue reading

Infusing Clinical Judgment Into All Corners of the Nursing Curriculum

Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

April 2023 marks the first time that new nursing graduates complete the Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) Examination. The results of the work of the National Council of State Board of Nursing (NCSBN) in developing the NGN and the responses of nurse educators who are preparing students for this innovative licensing approach will be documented in the test results over the next year. All nurse educators and regulators are hopeful that the NGN will more accurately differentiate among new graduates who are prepared to make clinical judgments required for today’s nursing practice and those who are not. In addition, Continue reading “Infusing Clinical Judgment Into All Corners of the Nursing Curriculum”

Concept Based Curriculum in Nursing Education: What do we know?

by Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

For the last fifteen years, nurse educators have struggled to offer a curriculum that prepares students for successful practice after graduation (and success on the NCLEX examination), without falling into the trap of Continue reading “Concept Based Curriculum in Nursing Education: What do we know?”