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Thursday January 23, 2014
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Our Facebook fans — nurses and nursing students — have spoken. Find out how your colleagues feel about the following Facebook question:

Do you think all master’s- and doctoral-prepared RNs should agree to work as educators or mentors, for a time, to help grow the nursing workforce?

You responded ...

Great teachers teach because they love it. I wouldn’t want to take a class taught by someone who was obligated to teach it!
— Terri Maresca-Havens

All experienced nurses, regardless of academic training, should mentor and coach our young nurses.
— Robert A. Seeley

Required, no. Incentives, yes. There is a shortage of educators, but we don’t need educators who are horrible or don’t want to be there.
— Christiana Matthews

I’ve had many nursing professors who honestly need to rethink their decision to teach. They just don’t know how to present the information in a way that is understandable. It wasn’t just me leaving class scratching my head...
— Marie Augusto Duncan

There are plenty of excellent BSNs who would make awesome nursing instructors. ... It also would help if they would pay nursing instructors a better wage. They want quality instructors, but are not willing to pay for it.
— Mary McDonough Crump

No. They earned the degree and should follow their own passions. Why should they be obligated to do anything?
— Theresa South Mullins

Sure, only if they have more than five years experience working as a floor nurse. Otherwise, they are pretty much out of touch.
— Gegi Smith

No. There are so many new grads without jobs. We don’t need the nursing force to grow when really great RNs cannot get a job in the hospital.
— Courtney Jean Miller

Older RNs with advanced degrees should be given the opportunity to teach within organizations ... It would be an excellent way to keep highly trained and educated nurses in the workforce.
— Maria Lisonbee

I am very intrigued by this question. As nurses we are all educators. Those of you who say otherwise concern me.
— Val Gayheart Kuenkele

Teaching is not for everyone because one must have a passion to teach. However, I think all educators should be required to at least still work in the clinical setting a required amount of hours annually.
— Sharon Blue

No matter what your degree, you should play a part in teaching new nurses. After all, nursing is a team of people who are taking care of patients.
— Penny Fuller

Yes, absolutely. We have to give back to our profession and continue its growth through mentorship and precepting!
— Regina Woodson

Editor’s note: Posts are edited for length and clarity.

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