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Overcoming Nursing Faculty Shortages and Bridging the Gap Between Education and Practice

Reinert, Jean MSN, RN; Bigelow, Andrea MSN, RN; Kautz, Donald D. PhD, RN, CRRN, CNE

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development: September/October 2012 - Volume 28 - Issue 5 - p 216–218
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e318269fc6c

The nurse faculty shortage and new requirements for teaching have led to thousands of qualified applicants being turned away from prelicensure nursing programs. In response, the Chief Nursing Officer in one organization created nursing faculty consultant positions to collaborate with faculty, teach prelicensure students in clinical practice, ensure the consistency of care by students in the hospital system, and enhance the relationships between schools of nursing and the organization. In the past 4 years the nursing faculty consultants have been employed they have taught over 500 nursing students from six different nursing programs.

The authors present a collaborative approach for teaching nursing students and ensuring consistency of patient care.

Jean Reinert, MSN, RN, is Nursing Faculty Consultant, Cone Health, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Andrea Bigelow, MSN, RN, is Nursing Faculty Consultant, Cone Health, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Donald D. Kautz, PhD, RN, CRRN, CNE, is Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Jean Reinert, MSN, RN, Cone Health, 1200 N. Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27455 (e-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.