TABLE 4-2 Years Between Completion of Initial and Highest RN Degrees

Initial RN Education

Highest Nursing or Nursing-Related Degree

Bachelor’s

Master’s

Doctorate

Diploma

10.5

13.9

15.6

Associate’s

7.5

11.5

12.5

Bachelor’s

8.2

12.4

NOTE: Average years between diploma and ADN not calculated due to larger than average rates of missing data. Too few cases to report estimated percent (fewer than 30 respondents).

SOURCE: HRSA, 2010b.

TABLE 4-3 Average Annual Earnings of Nurses Who Work Full Time as Faculty in Their Principal Nursing Position, 2008

 

Annual Earnings ($)

All Faculty

63,985

Earnings by type of program

 

Faculty in diploma/ADN programs

62,689

Faculty in BSN programs

64,789

Earnings by faculty job title

 

Instructor/lecturer

54,944

Professor

69,691

SOURCE: HRSA, 2010b.

NOTE: Only registered nurses who provided earnings information were included in the calculations used for this table.

either a master’s or doctoral degree) average just over $85,000 (see Table 4-4). Section 5311 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) offers an incentive designed to offset lower faculty salaries by providing up to $35,000 in loan repayments and scholarships for eligible nurses who complete an advanced nursing degree and serve “as a full-time member of the faculty of an accredited school of nursing, for a total period, in the aggregate, of at least 4 years.”7 However, the ACA does not provide incentives for nurses to develop the specific educational and clinical competencies required to teach.


Projections of future faculty demand To establish a better understanding of future needs, the committee asked the RWJF Nursing Research Network to proj-

7

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, HR 3590 § 5311, 111th Congress.



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