The Challenges Ahead for Texas Nurse Educators: Texas Team Education Committee Taskforce Findings and Recommendations

Elsevier’s commitment of the education of nurses through its support of faculty is long-standing. In today’s environment, a major problem in nursing education is the SHORTAGE OF QUALIFIED NURSING FACULTY. Unfortunately, there is a direct relationship between the number of nurse educators available and the number of undergraduate and graduate nursing students who can be prepared for the nursing educational work force. 

This concern in Texas drove the development of the conference, Challenges for Texas Nurse Educators, held on February 17, 2017. This conference was designed to 1) confirm that the shortages identified in the literature accurately illustrate the current experience in Texas and 2) explore reasons for the insufficient number of nurse educators in Texas and strategies to resolve this issue. The conference was funded by the Texas Action Coalition, Texas Team: Advancing Health for Texas, RWJF Coalition through shared funds with the Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association. The participants of the workshop heard leaders from the National League of Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Organization of Associate Degree Nursing, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Texas Board of Nursing, Texas Nurses Association and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and then participated in group discussions. From these conversations came recommendations to address the nurse faculty shortage in Texas. 

The members of the Team Texas Task Force involved in this project recognized that the concerns from Texas nursing programs are no different from those of other nurses across the country. Thanks to the support of Elsevier, we would like to share this work and invite our colleagues across the country to adapt it to meet the needs in their environments. 

Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Managing Director, Collaborative Momentum Consulting

On Behalf of the Texas Team Education Task Force

Patricia Allen, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, Chair Carol Boswell, EdD, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Professor, Texas Tech University HSC, Professor, Texas Tech University HCS
School of Nursing School of Nursing

Joyce Batcheller DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN Sharon Cannon, EdD, RN, ANEF 

Nurse Executive Advisor, Leadership Regional Dean and Professor
The Center for the Advancement of Texas Tech University HSC, 
Healthcare Professionals School of Nursing AMN Healthcare

Michael Evans, Ph.D., FAAN Marvella Starlin, MSN, RN
Professor and Dean Director of Nursing Education
Texas Tech University HSC, Cisco, College School of Nursing

Jayson T. Valerio DNP, RN
Interim Dean 
Nursing & Allied Health Division
South Texas College

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