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ERIC Number: EJ838647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar-27
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Collaborations Could Help Ease the Nursing Bottleneck
Hoover, Eric
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n29 pB9 Mar 2009
Community colleges everywhere are searching for experienced nurses with advanced degrees who are willing to leave their jobs and return to the classroom, usually for significantly less pay. People who fit that description have long been difficult to find, but the need for them is growing. The dearth of instructors has contributed significantly to the nation's nursing bottleneck: Most institutions that train nurses have many more qualified applicants than they can enroll. The problem has become dire in regions with an increasing shortage of health-care workers. Much of the responsibility will fall to community colleges. About 60 percent of the nation's registered nurses come through associate-degree programs, according to the American Association of Community Colleges. Some job-training experts say more community colleges must pursue creative solutions. "Many places are trying to address this on their own and are not looking to partnerships," says Julian L. Alssid, executive director of the Workforce Strategy Center, a New York City nonprofit group. "No single community college alone is going to solve this issue without active involvement with employers, four-year schools, and economic-development officials."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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