Aggressive recruitment and bigger classes at local nursing schools have helped cut the region's nursing shortage by more than half in the last two years.
In 2004, 20 percent of jobs for registered nurses were vacant, according to data from the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, which includes Northern Kentucky and parts of Indiana. Today, the vacancy rate is 8 percent.
That is good news, health-care providers say, but only a temporary fix.
Another, more serious shortage is looming as baby boomers age. The demand for care will jump while the supply of caregivers shrinks, said Mary Duffey, the health council's director of workforce development.
By 2020, more than one in four hospital nursing jobs in Ohio could be unfilled, according to the Ohio Nursing Association. A 2004 survey by the Ohio Board of Nursing found that almost half of 96,000 nurses surveyed planned to leave the field in the next decade.
Hospitals are planning to ramp up recruitment efforts even further while they look for ways to keep nurses on the job longer. And nursing schools are increasing class sizes, hiring more teachers and revamping programs to provide more graduates.
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This is somewhat off the topic at hand but has to do with something mentioned in the article that was attached.....
The article speaks of a local university what is offering an MSN program for people with a Bachelor's degree. It doesn't matter what degree. I personally think this is a bit scary.... Any other opinions?
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Xavier University offers a two-year master's degree designed for adults with bachelor's degrees in fields other than nursing. Graduates will finish the program with master's degrees in nursing - and jobs.
The program is two years long. They must still have the prereqs (A&P, Statistics Micro, and a decent GRE score), a current resume, three references, a personal essay and interview (possibly) and the ability to study full-time for two years(including summers) in order to gain admission. Xavier teaches them to function as new graduate nurses and incoporates the 'newish' clinical nurse leader role.
This is a generic MSN. The graduates are not NPs or Clinical nurse specialist or anything like that. They are generalist with advanced class training who with a few years of bedside experiece can move into other roles. If they want to be an NP or CNS, they have to go back and get a post-grad certificate and more training.
Essentially it allows folks who have a Bachelor's who want a Masters to get one, and it allows folks who have a Bachelor's and can't qualify for more financial aid to get an ADN or second BSN to still afford nursing school
The folsk that graduate on from the program are more than trained to function as new nurses. Search for more thread here on all nurses about the topic directy-entry Masters programs.
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