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Nurse Recruitment: Nursing Enrollment Increases

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 7th, 2014

Enrollment in entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs increased by 2.6% from 2012 to 2013, which marks the lowest enrollment increase in professional RN programs over the past five years. What do these numbers say about nurse recruitment and the nursing shortage?

Nurse RecruitmentFindings were based on data reported from 720 of the 858 schools of nursing in the U.S. with baccalaureate or graduate programs. Although RN enrollment increased for the 13th consecutive year, nursing schools continue to identify a shortage of faculty and clinical education sites as potential barriers to meeting the nation’s need for healthcare providers.

“Given the calls for a more highly educated nursing workforce from the Institute of Medicine, the Tri-Council for Nursing, nurse employers and other stakeholders, we are pleased to see at least modest growth in the pipeline of new baccalaureate-prepared nurses,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling, RN, PhD, FAAN.

AACN data also showed a strong enrollment increase in baccalaureate nursing programs designed for practicing nurses to expand their education in response to employer demands and patient expectations. The number of students enrolled in RN-to-BSN programs, increased by 12.4% last year (among 512 schools reporting).

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