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Why is there such a demand for nurses but it's difficult to get into a nursing program in the first place?

March 26th, 2022

I think one main reason is that there aren't enough people to teach nursing and schools authorities are making the entry levels very hard to qualify for the schools. Health care workers are burnt out across the country and hospitals are so desperate for nurses that they are hiring students before they even graduate. Thanks.


July 21st, 2021

Yhere is a shortage of instructors & the pay for these are low. The pay is alot better is other areas.

March 27th, 2022

One of the main reasons that there are not enough instructors is low pay! As a nurse educator I work full time at a hospital facilitating new hire orientation because this job affords me to pay my bills! I am a part time adjunct because the full time professorship at the community college in my area pays 30,000 less than what I make. Sure I would love to teach in Academia full time but then I can’t pay my bills or my student loans! There needs to be a real conversation about nursing professors pay!

July 23rd, 2021

As others have said, not enough instructors. I am NP and side job is teaching adjunct at a local university. They’re constantly hiring and are always asking for me to take on more classes. So… instructors are needed.

July 22nd, 2021

There are not enough instructors to meet the demand. Also the pay for instructors is low.A

July 21st, 2021

Schools are selective with students because they want to have good NCLEX pass rates

March 27th, 2022

The difficulty of getting into a nursing program shouldn't, and doesn't seem to, relate to the current demand for nurses. Sure, one would think that schools would expand to take on more students, but as others pointed out, it's already difficult to find teachers. As for the demand for nurses, it's important to note, that there is no shortage of RN's in the USA. There is only a shortage of nurses who are willing to work for the salaries being offered, under the current conditions. So new nurses entering the field have to outweigh those leaving, and that won't happen until pay increases, ratios are lowered, and nurse safety is prioritized.