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The nursing shortage in the U.S. is a pressing issue due to increased demand and a dwindling supply of nurses, influenced by factors like the retirement of the baby boomer generation. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the shortage as many nurses are leaving their careers. Proprietary career schools are vital contributors, producing a significant number of healthcare graduates, including nurses, to address the shortage.
ECPI University’s nursing program is addressing the nursing shortage in the U.S. by producing highly skilled graduates who are well-prepared for the healthcare industry. Alyson Bolton, a Registered Nurse and Campus Manager at BAYADA Home Healthcare, highlights the impact of the nursing shortage on patient care and praises the professionalism and preparedness of ECPI graduates.
Read the inspiring stories of individuals who have completed nursing and medical assistant programs at proprietary career institutions. These individuals include recent alumni, experienced professionals, single mothers, those who have explored alternative education options, and those looking for a fresh start. Despite encountering various obstacles along their educational journeys, they demonstrated unwavering determination, resilience, and a profound passion for their chosen paths.
In the dynamic landscape of healthcare, medical assistants play a significant role in ensuring the smooth functioning of medical facilities. Eliminating these programs at proprietary institutions could create a significant shortage of medical assistants in the industry, as they are crucial contributors to the healthcare workforce.
The City of San Antonio implemented the Train for Jobs SA (TFJSA) program to help unemployed and underemployed residents retrain for in-demand careers amidst the pandemic. Through a partnership between the Alamo Colleges District (ACD) and The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP), they successfully provided expanded training for medical assistants to address the high demand for such positions in the city.
Impact of the Next-Generation NCLEX® on Prelicensure Nursing Programs
By Donna D. Ignatavicius, President, DI Associates, Inc., Elsevier NGN Thought Leader and Subject Matter Expert, and Linda A. Silvestri, Nursing Faculty, University of Nevada Las Vegas, President, Nursing Reviews, Inc., and Elsevier NGN Thought Leader and Subject Matter Expert
Graduates of registered nursing and practical/vocational nursing programs are required to take the new licensure examination known as the Next-Generation NCLEX® (NGN), which was implemented on April 1, 2023. This article describes the major implications of the nursing licensure examination on nursing programs, including the potential financial impact.
Washington News Brief – March 2023 – May 2023
By Sharon H. Bob, Ph.D., Higher Education Specialist, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC