Our Facebook fans nurses and nursing students have spoken. Find out how your colleagues feel about the following Facebook question:
Do you think all masters- 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 wouldnt want to take a class taught by someone who was obligated to teach it!
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 dont need educators who are horrible or dont want to be there.
Ive had many nursing professors who honestly need to rethink their decision to teach. They just dont know how to present the information in a way that is understandable. It wasnt 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.
No. There are so many new grads without jobs. We dont 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.
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.
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.
Yes, absolutely. We have to give back to our profession and continue its growth through mentorship and precepting!
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