Creative efforts by administrators to recruit more
students into nursing are helping to ease the nursing shortage.
But now, the state of Georgia and the surrounding region need additional
faculty to accommodate the rising enrollment at nursing schools.
In response, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is introducing
a new program aimed at preparing expert clinicians—in less
than three months—to teach at academic institutions.
A survey last year by the Southern Regional Education Board Council
on Collegiate Education for Nursing affirmed the need for long-term
strategies and short-term solutions to the nursing faculty shortage.
Based on the responses of the nursing institutions represented,
approximately 10 percent of the total nursing educator faculty was
lost to retirement or resignations during the 2001–02 academic
year. And, of the almost 4,500 full-time budgeted positions reported
by the responding institutions, 8 percent were unfilled during the
same time frame.
Emory nursing administrators designed the innovative Emory Summer
Nursing Teaching Institute—a post-master’s certificate
program—in response to the pressing need for nursing educators.
The fast-track course offers master’s-prepared clinicians
an efficient program to become trained educators through a teaching
practicum that builds on participants’ clinical knowledge
and ensures they learn the techniques to deliver educational materials
in a skilled and effective manner.
“Faculty in nursing programs are a special breed of nurse,”
said nursing Professor Helen O’Shea, who will direct the program.
“They are, first, expert clinicians able to master clinical
situations; and, second, skilled educators who are adept at the
design of courses, utilizing various teaching and learning strategies
and selecting appropriate ways to evaluate learning and skills acquisition.”
Participants in the 2003 Emory Summer Nursing Teaching Institute
may complete all or part of the program. Upon completion of the
entire sequence, participants will earn 12 graduate-level academic
credits (nine semester hours in the summer and three semester hours
in the fall). This year’s program is limited to 25 participants.
Classes will be held in workshop format at Emory from June 9–20,
followed by online activities and assignments until Aug. 1. The
participants will conclude with a “preceptorship” at
their employing agency or institution from September to December.
During their preceptorships, they will participate in both classroom
and clinical instruction under the direction of a faculty preceptor,
who will provide guidance, critique and support.
Funding for the 2003 Emory Summer Nursing Teaching Institute will
be provided by the nursing school, the Georgia Student Loan Repayment
Commission for qualified students and the schools and employing
institutions of the participants.
To be eligible, participants must have a master’s degree in
nursing with clinical specialization. Preference is given to those
affiliated with a nursing education program in Georgia.
For additional information on the 2003 Emory Summer Nursing Teaching
Institute, contact the nursing school admissions office at 404-727-7980
or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Scholarship information is available through the Georgia Student