WCN workshop aims to support better representation among future nurse educators and address nurse faculty shortages
To graduate the number of nurses needed to meet the demand, Washington state needs more nurse faculty. In 2016, the Washington Center for Nursing (WCN) began efforts to examine whether there was a nurse faculty shortage. In the 2017 Survey of Nursing Educators in Washington State conducted by WCN, 70% of Washington’s nursing schools reported program faculty vacancies. The survey also found that 38% of nurse faculty at community and technical colleges and 40% of faculty at four-year colleges and universities planned to retire by 2027. Additionally, nurse educators were less diverse than practicing nurses, nursing students and the general population. To increase interest in nursing education as a career, particularly among underrepresented students and practicing nurses, the “So You Want to be a Professor” workshop was born.