Title

A United States Perspective On the Challenges In Nursing Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1-2010

Department

Nursing

Abstract

Nursing education in the US today is at crossroads. The profession has made great strides in gaining public respect and recognition for the work that nurses do. Nurses' voices are being heard in important political debates about revolutionary changes in the problematic US health care system. Advanced practice nurses are becoming valued providers of primary care to US citizens. It is innovative educational programs and educators that have provided the foundation to help nursing use its voice and to propel the profession forward. However, nurse educators are finding that they face major challenges in keeping nursing on track to be in the forefront of health care in the future. Some of these challenges include confronting nursing and faculty shortages, eliminating inconsistent and confusing educational choices, taking responsibility for mandates to stay on the cutting edge of quality initiatives, providing excellent clinical experiences for students and being willing to step out of old comfort zones to engage in designing imaginative and innovative ways to educate nurses in the future. Nurse educators must be successful in turning these challenges into opportunities if nursing is to command a key role in an evolving US health care system. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Nurse Education Today

Volume

30

Issue

3

First Page

228

Last Page

232