Huge Increase in Student Nurse Enrollment!

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 21st, 2010

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) surveyed 648 nursing schools, out of a total of 807 schools in the U.S. The results show that entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs increased enrollment by 6.1%  this past year.

This is the tenth straight year that enrollment in BSN programs has increased, but AACN reports that faculty shortages still prevent further increases.

The survey also discovered a 20.6% increase in students enrolling in RN-to-BSN programs. Enrollment in these programs has been increasing for eight years, which the AACN says shows the need for nurses to advance their education. .

AACN President Kathleen Potempa believes further education for nurses is a major priority. “As the work to reform healthcare continues, many more nurses with master’s and doctoral degrees will be needed to provide essential healthcare service, including nurses to serve as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and in other specialty roles.”

Even though the interest in pursuing a nursing career is high, many are still turned away. Data from AACN shows that 52,115 qualified applicants were not accepted into baccalaureate nursing programs during 2010.

We need more nursing instructors. Who do you k now who would make a great teacher of nurses? Let’s all recruit nurses into this desperately needed area.

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