Nursing schools are in high demand

The National League of Nursing completed a poll that shows admissions have gone up for nursing students as well as graduations (degrees granted).  Although the trend looks at rates in 2006 the demand for nursing staff has remained very strong throughout 2007 and into 2008.  Many schools are re-investing in their nursing programs to answer the need for qualified nurses across the US.

The following article from McKnight’s Long-Term Care News highlights the findings from the National League of Nursing poll:

Admission and graduation rates from U.S. nursing schools increased in 2006, according to an annual survey by the National League of Nursing. The poll of diploma- and degree-granting institutions revealed a 5% hike in new students and 8.5% rise in degrees granted.

Student interest in nursing schools has been on the rise over the last few years, with some enrollment numbers dampened only by a lack of qualified instructors, experts say.

While interest in starting nursing school remained high, overall enrollment numbers faltered in some instances, researchers said. Diploma-program admissions rose 9%, but overall enrollment fell 2.6% and graduations dipped 3%. Baccalaureate programs saw jumps of 12% in admissions, 4.2% in enrollments and 20% in graduations.

Regarding programs for an associate degree, the most common degree held, admissions rose 8%, while overall enrollment remained flat and graduations grew by 3%.

The National League’s Web-based survey elicited responses from about half of U.S. nursing schools.

About McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:
A business news magazine serving the institutional long-term care field. It reports on the events that affect the way care is delivered across the entire long term care spectrum, ranging from the lower acuity assisted living setting, to the high acuity skilled nursing setting. Included also is coverage of care in Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Alzheimer’s and Special Care Facilities, Post Acute Care Centers, and Hospital based long-term care units. The magazine marked its 25th anniversary in April 2005.

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