One of the biggest problems limiting nurse training is a lack of qualified nursing faculty. Many qualified students are turned away each year simply because nursing programs are full.
Nursing faculty salaries lag behind what nurses with advanced degrees can make in other jobs. Nurses with a master’s degree in an advanced practice specialty are qualified to teach, but often can earn more money as nurse practitioners or in advanced clinical or administrative positions. For example, an instructor in a bachelor’s degree nursing program earned an average of $5,064 monthly in 2009, but a nurse manager in the U.S. earned an average of about $6,633
When nurses are in short supply, hospitals must reduce their services, leading to overcrowded emergency rooms, longer waits for elective surgeries and limited or discontinued programs. More important, the quality of patient care can suffer. A number of studies have found that more hours of care by registered nurses lead to better care and fewer complications.