Another nursing school is experiencing significant growth in the number of interested students who want to get into its program.
The School of Nursing at Beebe Medical Center was recently featured in a news report because of a large donation making it possible for the school to open its doors to twice as many nursing students.
As the industry experts have predicted (and continue to predict) the dire need for nursing professionals in some areas of the country are leading to more students enrolling in schools to become a nurse. Others are heading into various specialized fields in the medical industry, proving that the population is willing to help balance out the needs between the technological demands of this century and the ongoing health crises the world faces.
The nursing school at Beebe just received a $3 million donation that will fund a project to build a new facility and renovations to an old building at the school. They hope to have their project complete within 2-years, leaving open twice as many student spots in their program. Through a slow increase of class size, the school will be able to double its current program size over time.
Nursing schools that choose to increase program size face a few challenges outside of physical capacity however. As class sized grow, the teachers-to-students ratio begins to dwindle, which can result in poorer success results in the long run. This type of investment includes ramping up the available staff to handle the student volume and in many cases new technologies must be implemented to accommodate more students.
At Beebe, they have generally had success with their graduating student. A Delmarva Now report shows that 60% of the nursing school’s graduates are placed in jobs at the hospital there. The new growth in student volume might skew that statistic for them, however, and will require innovative solutions and close monitoring.