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This course is 1 Contact Hour 1. Read the continuing education article.


2. This continuing education course is FREE ONLINE until December 30, 2016, courtesy of Chamberlain College of Nursing. To take the test for FREE, go to CE.Nurse.com/ Course/CE595.


3. The challenges of trying to balance multiple roles. Nursing faculty members are not only responsible for teaching, but are also expected to keep their practice skills current, participate in research and community service, and work with others in curriculum develop- ment and committee work. Balancing these roles with a personal life was another part of this theme, as was the need for support and mentoring, especially as new faculty members.


Faculty members’ earning less than their nursing peers in


After that date, you can take the course for $12 at Nurse.com/CE.


If you have a CE Direct login and password


(generally provided by your employer), please login as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation. com and complete the course on that system.


DEADLINE


Courses must be completed by May 15, 2017


3. If the course you have chosen to take includes a clinical vi- gnette, you will be asked to review the vignette and answer 3 or 4 questions. You must answer all questions correctly to proceed. If you answer a question incorrectly, we will provide a clue to the correct answer.


4. Once you successfully complete the short test associated with the clinical vignette (if there is one), proceed to the course posttest. To earn contact hours, you must achieve a score of 75%. You may retake the test as many times as necessary to pass the test.


5. All users must complete the evaluation process to complete the course. You will be able to view a certificate on screen and print or save it for your records.


ACCREDITED OnCourse Learning is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Ac-


creditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education


(ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health- care team.


OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Nursing, District of Columbia Board of Nursing, and Georgia Board of Nursing (provider # 50-1489). OnCourse


Learning is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider # CEP16588.


ONLINE Nurse.com/CE


You can take this test online or select from the list of courses available.


Prices subject to change. QUESTIONS Or for a complete listing of our courses Phone 800-866-0919 28 Visit us at NURSE.com • 2016 Email ce@nurse.com


clinical positions and the lack of support for role orientation and growth are often reported as problems. The National League for Nursing (NLN), the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and other groups involved in supporting nursing faculty are working to address these issues. Current and projected faculty shortages threaten nursing ed-


ucation, nursing’s future and ultimately patient care. The 2014 annual AACN report confirmed that growth in U.S. schools of nursing is restrained by a faculty shortage, which is driven by a limited pool of doctoral-prepared nurses and noncompetitive faculty salaries.12


Based on data from 680 schools of nursing with


baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs, the nursing faculty vacancy rate in 2013 was 8.3%. The large majority of reported vacancies (86.9%) are for faculty positions requiring or preferring a doctoral degree. To address these issues, the AACN report calls for collaboration, innovation and leadership to address nursing education issues.


Safeguarding the future With a looming nursing shortage, recruiting, compensating and retaining the best nurse educators are vital for the pro- fession’s future.13


There is a particular need for nurses from


minority groups to become nurse educators. Seventy-five percent of current nursing faculty members are expected to retire by 2019, creating tremendous opportunities for those who want to become full- or part-time nurse educators.13 Federal and state governments are developing scholarships and loan repayment programs to attract graduate nursing students as faculty members. The NLN website contains excellent information about the nurse educator role and provides information about scholarships and loans. There is the Simulation Innovation Resource Center, where faculty can learn to develop and integrate simulations into the cur- riculum, as well as professional development courses for both seasoned and new educators. The AACN’s Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program


offers information about financial support for graduate nursing students from minority backgrounds who agree to teach in a nursing program after graduation. You can find other financial aid from the AACN at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/ financial-aid.


At the crossroads The goal of providing safe, evidence-based and cost-effective healthcare is driving change in the healthcare industry. Nurses are crucial to this process because they’re the ones on the front line, assessing patients’ health status, monitoring and evaluat-


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