UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session
(Underheim) Prohibits the Board of Nursing from requiring that more than 75 percent of the faculty at nursing schools hold master’s or doctoral degrees in nursing.
UW System Position
OPPOSE. Serving the health care needs of citizens is complex. To provide quality, patient-centered and safe care, the appropriate and desired credential for a career as a nurse educator is a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing.
The bill will set Wisconsin apart from most other states in that virtually all state boards of nursing adhere to the current standard of master’s preparation for faculty. Two bodies currently accredit nursing programs nationwide (NLNAC and CCNE), and both stipulate that the minimum credential for faculty appointment is a master’s degree. Schools or programs that elect to ignore this standard because it is not enforced by the Board of Nursing will put their accreditation at serious risk.
Strategies for maintaining/expanding capacity could include: creative clinical experiences, sharing of simulation resources, faculty scholarship programs, recruitment of new/younger academic colleagues; financial assistance in the form of grants to loans that are forgiven for years of teaching service; retention and mentorship programs; and greater collaboration with stakeholders to seek broad-based solutions.