Nursing shortages nationwide have been exemplified since the global pandemic demanding an examination of contributing factors crippling the profession. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 200,000 annual vacant registered nurse positions for the next decade, are problematic due to the mass exodus of individuals serving in the occupation (Gaines, 2022). A study of approximately 900 nursing schools in the country indicates two vacancies exist per establishment illuminating the critical shortages of educators (Morris, 2023). A growing phenomenon is the challenge to maintain and replenish leaders in nurse education necessary to train and prepare students enrolled in nursing programs. Priority in the evolving national crisis of attrition in the nursing vocation begins with investigating approaches to support nurse educators to capitalize on perseverance so nursing programs can operate at full capacity maximizing enrollment and training of future nurses in the academy. Approximately 92,000 qualified applicants were denied entry into nursing programs in 2021 based on a lack of faculty to instruct, sufficient clinical sites with preceptors, and budget cuts (Nursing shortage fact sheet, n.d.). Alarming statistics demand evaluation to rectify the critical shortages of nurse educators.



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