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  1. Neal, Leslie Jean PhD, RN,C, CRRN


Nursing faculty are challenged with recruiting students and preparing graduates to practice in increasingly complex healthcare settings. The nursing shortage compounds the burden faced by faculty in meeting the needs of the profession. A grounded theory study that explores the perceptions of nurses aged 65 years and older regarding the state of the nursing profession in light of the shortage revealed many interesting aspects of "early" nursing education that are worth revisiting. The author describes the research and uses narrative data to describe what brought elder nurses into nursing, the positive and negative aspects of their education, and the lessons we can learn from their wisdom and experience.