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.
Yhere is a shortage of instructors & the pay for these are low. The pay is alot better is other areas.
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!
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.
There are not enough instructors to meet the demand. Also the pay for instructors is low.A
Schools are selective with students because they want to have good NCLEX pass rates
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.