Nursing

On the fast-track to solving the nurse shortage problem

Nurse Leader Insider, September 24, 2007

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As the demand for recruitment in nursing increases, many colleges and universities opt for hospital-supported accelerated nursing programs, designed to cut the traditional four year process toward a bachelor's degree down to 11-18 months. Partnered with participating hospitals, these fast-track programs are open to students with no prior nursing training and currently number 200 in the U.S, reports the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Partner hospitals, such as University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ, align with universities to provide clinical training, as well as student tuition and faculty salaries. According to Marjorie Isenberg, Dean of the University Of Arizona College Of Nursing, it costs about $27,500 per student to offer this type of program, but the expenses are covered by partner hospitals rather than the university or the state. In exchange for training and financial support, students begin working for the partner hospitals upon graduation.

Source: The Arizona Republic



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