Enrollment growth slows in U.S. nursing schoolsJan 1, 2008
Enrollment in entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs increased by 4.98% from 2006 to 2007, the seventh consecutive year of enrollment growth, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. However, the rate at which nursing schools have been able to increase student capacity has declined sharply since 2003, when enrollment was up by 16.6%. Also, more than 30,000 qualified applicants were turned away from baccalaureate nursing programs last year due primarily to an intensifying shortage of nurse faculty.
In a related development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced it would provide a $10 million grant to the AARP Foundation to help create the Center to Champion Nurses in America, which will address the nursing shortage and lobby for more state and federal funding to help expand nursing education programs.