The online nursing careers act also calls for new health care delivery models, which means nurses will be crucial providers in nurse-managed health centers, accountable care organizations, community health centers, and minute clinics, Bednash said. This may be good news for prospective nursing students, but not if there are not enough professors to teach them. U.S. nursing schools turned away 75,587 qualified applicants to baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2011 due to an insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, clinical preceptors and budget constraints, according to the Association of Colleges of Nursing. And even the top-ranked nursing schools in the country need to recruit aggressively to find qualified faculty. Johns Hopkins School of Nursing recently boasted of its addition of seven new faculty members, but recruiting takes real strategy admitted the school’s dean, Martha N. Hill. “It’s all about what kind of a package can you put together, and what can of recruitment can you do that excites them,” Hill said. “And sometimes we have to be creative and introduce the notion of coming to Hopkins to people who weren’t actively, or even passively, looking.” Of course, Johns Hopkins has more money to help the issue than a local community college. “We watch the data on salaries and we pay attention to. I think we stay pretty competitive,” Hill said.
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