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Enrollment Growth Slows at U.S. Nursing Colleges and Universities in 2007 Despite Calls for More Registered Nurses
Date:12/3/2007

applicants turned away from baccalaureate nursing programs over the past six years, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Media/ppt/02-07turnedaway.ppt.

"A successful solution to the shortage of RNs and nurse faculty will require a collaborative effort on the part of the nursing profession, the health care system, the federal government, businesses, and all stakeholders," added Dr. Lancaster. "Together, we must remove barriers to pursuing a nursing education, provide incentives for nurses to advance their education, facilitate careers in academic nursing, and create practice environments that encourage professional practice and respect educational achievement."

To help address the shortage of nursing faculty, AACN is leveraging its resources to secure federal funding for professional nursing programs, offer regional faculty development conferences, administer minority faculty recruitment scholarship programs, collect annual data on faculty vacancy rates, identify strategies to address the shortage, and focus media attention on this important issue. For more detail on the nurse faculty shortage and AACN's response, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Media/FactSheets/FacultyShortage.htm.

Interest Runs High in Professional Nursing Careers:

Given the demands of today's health care system, the greatest need in the nursing workforce is for nurses prepared at the baccalaureate- and graduate- degree levels. With the government calling for baccalaureate preparation for at least two thirds of the nursing workforce, the evidence clearly shows that higher levels of nursing education are linked with lower patient mortality rates, fewer errors, and greater job satisfaction among RNs. The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), the national voice for nurse leaders in the practice a
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