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New Data Shows Improved Education Capacity in Nursing Programs

August 2013

After years of concern over the unmet demand for nursing faculty, encouraging new data from the National League for Nursing (NLN) Annual Survey of Schools of Nursing shows the nation’s nursing education capacity is expanding. According to the survey, the percentage of programs citing a faculty shortage has declined since 2009, and 73 percent of schools have hired new full-time faculty during the past year. With long waiting lists in nursing programs across the country, these findings show positive movement towards building a strong nationwide nursing workforce.

For advanced practice nurses interested in becoming faculty, the survey reveals the importance of certain criteria schools use in faculty hiring. The ability to teach particular course work, the ability to communicate effectively, and having graduate-level teacher training are named as the top three attributes by responding schools, followed by the ability to work well with others and having a doctoral degree.

In addition to the increased capacity, the survey also finds a larger percentage of minority nurses enrolled in post-licensure programs, with a sharp increase in RN-to-BSN programs, as well as Doctoral programs. This increased diversity in higher education is likely to lead to a more broadly representative faculty in the nation’s nursing programs, as well as the nursing industry at large.

Despite continuing challenges in faculty staffing, these findings point to an improved long-term outlook for nursing programs. To view the NLN Annual Survey of Schools of Nursing data, visit www.nln.org.

Deadline Extended: Donate a Photo, Help Send a Student to Nursing School

What if you could turn every photo into a way to do good? That’s the concept behind Donate a Photo, a free app from Johnson & Johnson that turns every photo into a way to support a cause you care about. The mobile app, available in the iPhone® app store, the Google Play market and at www.donateaphoto.com, allows users to select a cause they care about, take a photo, and then "donate" that photo to their chosen cause.

To help send a student to nursing school, select the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA) when uploading your photo! The deadline for photo donations has been extended, and from now until August 27, 2013, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to FNSNA for every photo uploaded to the cause.* You can donate one photo a day, every day to maximize the difference you make for nursing students. For every 1,000 photos donated, one student will be awarded with a $1,000 scholarship to nursing school. To date, more than 7,300 photos have been shared to help send eight students to nursing school!

To learn more about Donate a Photo, watch this video.

*Johnson & Johnson has curated a list of trusted causes, and you can donate a photo to one cause, once a day. Each cause will appear in the app until it reaches its goal, or the donation period ends. If the goal isn't reached, the cause will still get a minimum donation.

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