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Trending Now: Should master’s- and doctoral-prepared nurses agree to teach?

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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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