Nursing Schools Facing a Professor Shortage

(Becker’s Hospital Review) There is a dearth of nursing professors, which could contribute to the growing nursing shortage nationwide, according to a Kaiser Health News report.

Less than one percent of the three million registered nurses in the U.S. have a PhD, which is generally the degree faculty members need in order to teach nursing at a university.

More than 76,000 qualified nursing school applicants were turned away last year because there weren’t enough professors to teach them, according to the report.

Part of the problem may be the relatively low salary nursing professors receive compared to full-time practitioners. Professors may earn between $70,000 to $80,000 per year, while certified nurse practitioners can make up to $120,000 per year or more, according to the report.