Nursing School Graduations on the Rise, but Nurse Faculty Shortage Intensifies
shortage and nursing school capacity issues, interest in the nursing profession remains
strong as a result of successful public awareness programs such as The Johnson
& Johnson Campaign for Nursing's
Future whose Promise of Nursing galas have raised in excess of $12
million for nursing scholarships, faculty fellowships and nursing school
programs. In fact, more than 500,000 men and women have entered the nursing
profession over the last five years.
By the year 2020, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) projects that more than one million new registered nurses (RNs) will be needed in the U.S. health care system to meet the demand for nursing care. HRSA projects that nursing schools must increase the number of graduates by 90 percent in order to adequately address the nursing shortage.
"We don't believe it to be a coincidence that more of today's students are choosing a career in nursing," said Andrea Higham, director of The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future. "We've made great progress, but much more work remains to be done in order for us to meet growing demands on our health care system."
Rachael Ray Gift Makes
For 25 years, 13
These nurses and their school system, always putting students' needs first, ranked the design, work space and aesthetics of their office environment as a lower priority.
But the outdated and cramped work space hampered their ability to deliver the best care to these same students. That is until they received the surprise of their dreams - an office makeover from the Rachael Ray show.
In collaboration with HGTV's "Design on a Dime" designer Kristan Cunningham, the nurses' offices in an old school house were transformed with extra space, a raised ceiling, new air conditioning system, flooring, phone system and computers at each desk.
Prior to the renovation, "Our office was not handicap accessible; so students in wheelchairs or with walkers had to be evaluated elsewhere," explained Nurse Cheryl Wagnon. "It was difficult to talk on the phone because there were too many people in one room, and our staff meeting had to be held elsewhere. With too few computers, it was always a race to get to one first."
Operating in their newly transformed facility, Wagnon believes the nurses will be able to provide the highest quality care in a more efficient and effective manner for
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