Despite a statewide shortage of nurses, Mississippi’s community colleges can’t hire enough instructors to meet the demand for training, reports the Clarion Ledger.
At East Central Community College in Decatur, for example, 485 qualified applicants submitted bids for this fall’s associate’s degree class, and the school accepted 72.
The problem may worsen as faculty members retire. Teaching undergraduate nursing requires a master’s degree, yet doesn’t pay much more than nurses can earn with an associate degree. Most of the state’s nurses earn two-year degrees, find jobs and see no need to complete a bachelor’s degree.