Across the country, hospitals face a critical nursing shortage, threatening care for millions of Americans. But there’s no shortage of qualified applicants at community college nursing programs, which have traditionally trained most of the nurses in this country. The problem is many of those aspiring nurses are stuck on waiting lists for years and it’s only getting worse.
This program explores the reasons for the bottleneck—from the high cost of nurse training, to the difficulty finding faculty, to state funding formulas that don’t distinguish between the cost of classroom lectures and significantly more expensive lab courses.
As baby boomers grow older, the demand for nurses will only increase, yet thousands of would-be nurses are still waiting.
This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
In 2007, John Merrow wrote an article for The Washington Post on the nursing shortage in America; you can read that article here.
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