from pa nurses enews:
nursing schools forced to turn away more than 32,000 applicants in 2005
enrollment in entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs increased 13% in 2005, but nursing colleges and universities were forced to turn away 32,617 qualified applicants due to capacity constraints, according to preliminary data
released yesterday by the american association of colleges of nursing.
"despite the successful efforts of schools nationwide to expand student capacity, our nations nursing schools are falling far short of meeting the current and projected demand for rns," said aacn president jean bartels. the federal government projects a shortfall of 800,000 registered nurses by the year 2020.
pamela thompson, ceo of the american organization of nurse executives, said, "this data from aacn is troubling for all of us. we desperately need to increase the number of students graduating from baccalaureate programs, but the constraints on schools to accomplish this seem to be increasing. the shortage of faculty and limits to capacity could cripple our ability to graduate enough nurses to meet our future needs. we must continue to search for multiple solutions to this growing problem." aone is an aha subsidiary.