Nursing Schools Struggle with Increasing Applications

A worldwide publication is bringing it to national attention that while government officials and the health sectors of industry are still calling on the public to get into the nursing profession, getting trained to become a nurse remains a significant challenge. Even though thousands of new students apply to nursing programs around the country every year, relatively few of them are actually being accepted into a nursing program.

As pointed out in the report, there is a multifaceted problem brewing in the education sector:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry is rapidly expanding. Between 2008 and 2018, it is estimated that the field will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs, which is more than any other industry in the nation.

The high demand for healthcare employees is largely being fueled by the baby boomer generation, which is set to retire and leave many positions vacant in the near future. Additionally, as these individuals age, they will require advanced care from professionals like registered nurses.

Estimates indicate that in the years to come, demand for nurses will grow so fast that there will be a shortage. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reports that by 2025, the nation will lack a necessary 260,000 registered nurses, which could leave many Americans without access to sufficient healthcare.

The nursing shortage may only be made worse by the fact that today, schools across the country need to turn away qualified applicants to their nursing programs because they do not have the faculty or space to accommodate them.

According to new data by the AACN, total enrollment in bachelor’s degree nursing programs is currently 259,100, marking an increase from 238,799 in 2010. Additionally, more students are applying to nursing programs. In the 2010-2011 school year, about 255,670 people filled out applications for entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs, which is a 5.6% increase from 2010.

Although more people are pursuing nursing degrees than ever before, thousands of students are still turned away from these courses annually. The report shows…

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