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ITT Tech now offering nursing program

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Specializes in Emergency Room.

Just curious do the nurse educators have any opinion on this, and on all the private for profit nursing programs springing up across the country?

HappyJaxRN

Specializes in Transplant, homecare, hospice. Has 9 years experience.

Just curious do the nurse educators have any opinion on this, and on all the private for profit nursing programs springing up across the country?

As an MSN-Nursing Educator Student, I'd have to say it's good and bad. We just talked about this in our politics class. We really need more nurses. Based on the research that I've been doing, the US is going to be short approximately 440,000 nurses by 2015 due to the baby boomers entering into the health care system and then many older nurses are retiring. Also, to consider, people are living longer...diseases that would kill someone in the past, like AIDs or HCV, are being treated with effective treatments and these people are living longer, therefore needing continued nursing care. So in that sense, yes, it's good. More schools = more students = more nurses.

Bad. I wonder to myself....where are all the instructors coming from? We don't have enough as is. I wonder if some of the instructors at these pop up over night schools have enough experience to teach a fresh wet behind the ears person entering into the field. It's kind of scary. I look at the quality of the education. Many people look at the program as: Can I get in...Will FA pay for it....How long is it.... Quality is not in their minds. That worries me.

So I kind of have a love-hate relationship with these pop up overnight schools... :nurse:

HappyJaxRN

JBudd, MSN

Specializes in Trauma, Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

They are advertising for faculty in a nearby city here. No mention of salary in the posting though, but they are asking for master's prepared staff. What I want to know is where they expect to find clinical sites!