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Letter: Nursing needs new teaching model

Esther Cruz of Haverstraw gets a flu shot

Esther Cruz of Haverstraw gets a flu shot from nurse Donna Scarangella of West Nyack at the Dr. Robert L. Yeager Health Center in Pomona. (Sept. 7, 2012) Credit: Angela Gaul

After reading "Creating entrepre-nurses" [Opinion, July 6], I feel that writer Patricia Morton has forgotten that the problem with teaching nursing students is not the teachers' salaries but the lack of available nursing programs.

People teach because they choose that as a profession. Many college professors could make a lot more money in the private sector.

Many hospital networks offer tuition reimbursement to nurses who want to advance their careers. This creates a vast number of talented people who could teach in nursing programs.

Medical schools use practicing physicians to teach future doctors. Why don't nursing programs do the same? We need to teach our own and pass on the knowledge to people who want to become nurses. The future of nursing is with nurses, not in finding ways to come up with new products.

Daniel Buckner, Malverne

Editor's note: The writer is a registered nurse.