This has hampered “staff development... managers are eager to get nurses into staffing; some are reluctant to send them to classes they should have before they start working.” This has curtailed the educational development of nurses leading to a shortage of specialized nurses (who would be preceptors) as hospitals are less willing to invest in the education of nurses (National League of Nursing, 2011).
Nursing is more than a course taught at a college or university, it is a practical subject that has to facilitate hands on learning using hospitals. “The increase in numbers of students entering nursing programs there has become an increased competition for acute care clinical sites” and this has limited time for practice. This problem can be addressed by requiring that each nursing teaching facility build a teaching hospital before it is certified by the state education agencies (National League for Nursing, 2005).
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