More Applicants than Space for Nursing Schools

More Applicants than Space for Nursing Schools

Enrollment in entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs increased for the ninth straight year in 2009, climbing 3.5 percent, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported yesterday. At least 39,423 qualified applications were turned away due to faculty and resource constraints, continuing the trend in recent years. Based on preliminary data from the association’s annual nursing school survey, enrollment in master’s programs rose 9.6 percent and doctoral programs 20.5 percent. AONE Board president Donna Herrin-Griffith, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, said, "As health care reform efforts continue and pressures to expand primary, preventative and transitional care increase, it is critical that talented individuals who want to pursue nursing in both entry and advanced practice levels have the opportunity to access a quality education.”

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