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.
In 2007, nursing school enrollment grew by nearly 5
percent, representing a positive trend for the seventh consecutive year.
However, many individuals seeking to enter the profession are being turned away
by nursing schools.
According to data released this month by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
(AACN), more than 30,000 qualified applicants were turned away from
baccalaureate nursing programs last year due to a growing shortage of nurse faculty.In addition, the rate
at which nursing schools have been able to increase student capacity has
declined sharply since 2003 due partly to insufficient clinical placement sites and classroom
"A successful solution to the shortage of nurses and nurse faculty
will require a collaborative effort on the part of the nursing profession, the
health care system, the federal government, businesses, and all stakeholders,"
said Jeanette Lancaster, AACN president.
"Together, we must remove barriers to pursuing nursing education, provide
incentives for nurses to advance their education, facilitate careers in academic
nursing, and create practice environments that encourage professional practice
and respect educational achievement."
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
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
Rachael Ray Gift
Season Bright for Georgia
For 25 years,
travel nurse specialists - who case manage "medically
fragile" or special education students - have functioned within a
structurally inadequate and deteriorating facility in
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
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."
Band-Aids on wall cracks, fans clipped to IV poles, a hot pink hard hat to the
nurse whose desk was in the 'falling box zone', describes the old and
travel nurses in
will enjoy this
newly redesigned facility, courtesy of the Rachael Ray show and
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
's second largest public
school system. "Having this fabulous new office has boosted morale by providing
us with the professional working environment that we need to get the job done,"
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