Attracting and retaining nursing educators : a study conducted within a private nursing education institution in South Africa
Thesis (MBA)--Stellenbosch University, 2015.
ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The shortage of nurse educators has an effect on the training of current and future nurses. A shortage of nurse educators leads to the inability to increase the number of student nurses, which results in a lack of trained nursing staff to meet the healthcare needs of the South African population. There is a need to gain an understanding of why nurse educators enter into and remain in academia versus the reasons why nurse practitioners – specifically registered nurses (RN) – choose to enter into and remain in practice. The prioritised reasons for entering into and remaining in nurse academia were investigated with a focus on: i.) The difference between the reasons why RNs enter into and remain in nursing practice ii.) The difference between the reasons why nurse educators enter into and remain in academia iii.) The difference between the reasons why RNs enter into nursing practice and reasons for nurse educators entering into academia iv.) The difference between the reasons why RNs remain in nursing practice and reasons why nurse educators remain in academia A descriptive, quantitative design was used to explore the factors that lead to nurses entering into and remaining in academia. An on-line, self-administered survey was used as the primary data collection instrument. Data was tabulated and presented in histograms and frequencies. The study found that: i.) RNs enter into and remain in nursing practice for the same reasons ii.) That nurse educators enter into and remain in academia for different reasons iii.) That RNs enter into nursing practice and nurse educators enter into academia for different reasons iv.) The primary reason for RNs remaining in nursing practice and nurse educators remaining in academia are the same The shortage of nurse educators is critical and it is essential that NEIs begin to institute plans focussing on the reasons behind nurse educators’ decision to stay in nursing education. Private NEIs should use the findings of this study to focus on areas that indicate satisfaction with the position rather than dissatisfaction in order to develop specific attraction and retention strategies.