More than thirty nurse educators and stakeholders from around Oregon gathered to discuss the struggle to recruit and retain nurse faculty in Oregon on Friday, October 16, 2015. The event, sponsored by the Oregon Nurse Leadership Collaborative (ONLC), aimed to provide data about current nurse faculty in Oregon, and discuss recruitment and retention strategies.

“Faculty are critical to maintaining our ability to educate future generations of nurses, and nursing programs face many challenges to ensuring they have the right faculty,” said ONLC President, Christy Cowgill, CRNA, MNA, APRN. “The ONLC was thrilled to be able to bring faculty together to discuss how we can keep our nursing programs thriving in Oregon.”

The morning began with a presentation by the Oregon Center for Nursing with findings from a recent survey of Oregon’s nurse faculty. Attendees broke into small groups to discuss their top barriers in recruiting and retaining qualified nurse educators, with special presentations from select institutions on their programs to support faculty.

“This is just the beginning of the conversation,” said Cowgill. “We asked everyone in attendance to let us know if they would like to be involved in more discussions about nurse faculty in the future, and we are looking forward to the next steps.”

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The Oregon Nursing Leadership Council (ONLC) is comprised of the following statewide nursing organizations: Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives, Oregon Council of Deans, Oregon Association of Associate Degree Programs, Oregon Nurses Association, Oregon State Board of Nursing and the Oregon Center for Nursing. Since 2002, the ONLC has convened nursing groups to consider specific nursing workforce issues, and was involved with the formation of the Oregon Consortium of Nursing Education, the Oregon Center for Nursing, and the Oregon Action Coalition.