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Nursing School Enrollment Jumps Amid Shortage

Sunday, December 19, 2004

By Kate Kompas
...The American Association of Colleges of Nursing announced last week that nursing colleges and universities denied admission to 26,340 qualified applicants this year because there are not enough teachers for them.

The good news: Enrollment in nursing programs increased about 10 percent the same year good but not good enough, officials say.

More than 1 million new and replacement nurses will be needed by 2012, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Susan Johnson Warner has seen St. Cloud State's two-year baccalaureate nursing program flourish since the first class was admitted in January 2002. Warner is the program's chairwoman.

The nursing program earned national accreditation earlier this year from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. It also recently won a national award for excellence in geriatric nursing.

The first class, which graduated in May, had 20 students. Many of those students had two or three job offers and are all employed as nurses within a two-hour drive of the St. Cloud area, Warner said.

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