In the news: State universities turn away qualified student nursing applicants

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, October 19, 2009

Many of Florida's public universities are turning away about half of qualified student nursing applicants because of a lack of training sites and low faculty numbers, reports

Divina Grossman, chair of the Florida Association of Colleges of Nursing and dean of Florida International University, says that public academia cannot offer enough pay to attract nursing faculty, noting that registered nurses qualified to teach can earn as much as $80,000 to $100,000 a year in the field. Her university is attempting to hire faculty for a $45,000 annual salary.

Other nursing academia experts also said that people are less willing to move because of a suffering economy, reports

This fall, 213 qualified applicants applied to Florida State University, and only about 100 applicants were accepted. At University of Florida, 586 qualified prospective students applied, with only 303 students accepted.

State guidelines require student-to-teacher ratio is between 1:8 or 1:12, depending on the hospital.


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