Nurse shortage grows acute; classes lacking
Had she gone to a private university, Genny Alvarez would already be a registered nurse.
But those four years were spent instead at Los Angeles Valley College, waiting to get courses in microbiology, anatomy, physiology and other requirements to enter the four-year nursing program at California State University, Northridge.
"I was already a certified nurse's assistant when I was in high school," said Alvarez, now 24. "I had taken college courses in English and math. I just always wanted to be a nurse and I was lucky that my parents supported me."
Actually, she was lucky to get into a nursing program at all...
... Equally problematic, officials say, is a shortage of instructors to teach those responding to the nationwide demand for nurses....
Apr 1, '07
I have had students from the Mount St. Mary's accelerated program assigned to me for clinical experience. They were without exception well informed and clinically capable.
Of course this is only one program. regular BSN students from this school are also exceptional.
I know California has strict requirements for clinical experience that some states do not. That is why the Exelcior LVN to RN program is not accepted for licensure in this state.
Of course the number of hours does not guarantee a quality learning experience. I hope it does for this program. I see they make it clear students cannot work when attending the program.
I know we need more slots in nursing education. This will have to be a priority to prevent tragic suffering for want of nurses.
Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Apr 1, '07