Forty percent of Ohio’s 153,310 nurses will leave the profession within the next 10 years, according to a state government survey. It won’t be easy to train replacements because the state lacks qualified nursing school instructors.
The problem is that pay for nursing professors starts at $50,000—far less than practicing nurses earn. Nurses who want to teach nursing must get doctoral degrees, often incurring thousands of dollars of debt. All that just to qualify for a job that pays an average of $20,000 less than they currently make.
A bill in the Ohio Senate seeks the best ideas to combat the coming shortage. If passed, the bill would require the Ohio Board of Regents to facilitate a dialogue between colleges to develop best practices for recruiting instructors and structuring incentives to keep those positions filled.
The pending nursing shortage comes at a time of projected record demand for nursing services. Retiring baby boomers will need a wide variety of nursing services as they age.
Demographics are a key factor in pushing health care industry growth even in weak economies.
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