The US Bureau of Labor Employment Predictions presents some staggering data regarding the future need for new nursing faculty. Based on the demands from health care for additional nurses, 35% more faculty than employed today will be needed by 2022. Couple that with the 10,200 current faculty expected to retire by 2022 and nursing education will need 34,200 new nursing instructors by 2022. (McMenamim, 2014). Many of the new nursing faculty come directly from practice as clinical experts with limited preparation as educators. Dr. Sandie Nadelson has developed an innovative model to help new faculty prepare for their role in academia. Her work, "Using Simulation for Faculty Development", is an excellent model to help prepare future nurse educators as well as help seasoned educators adapt to the evolving classroom environment.
Dr. Nadelson is the nursing programs director and a faculty member at Utah State University. She is a nurse with a passion for helping students and faculty develop to their potential in health care and education. Dr. Nadelson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to nursing education, and has presented on a variety of education topics at many different conferences including in Europe, China, and the throughout the United States.
Dr. Nadelson's research interests include enhancing student professional development with an emphasis on promotion of student caring behaviors. Most nurse educators think of simulation as a learning experience for students, but Dr. Nadelson's passion for professional development has taken it one step further as a means of faculty development.
McMenamin, P. (2014). 2022: Where have all the nurses gone? Georgia Nursing, 74(2), 8