Dear Nursing Educators,
I am a pre-nursing student at the University of Nevada, Reno and I have done extensive research on the nationwide shortage of nurses. The extreme shortage made me to believe that nursing schools would allowing more students into their programs, however, it is the opposite. At the University of Nevada Reno, they only accept sixty-four nursing students per semester, and other schools are even less. Why is this? I’ve hit a wall when it comes to my research because I am stumped as to why nursing schools are so exclusive and competitive where there is an extreme need for nurses throughout the United States. In your opinion of being a nursing educator, why are the schools so difficult to get into? Is this causing the shortage of nurses? What do you believe, as a nursing educator, you can or your department can do to help increase the number of students your nursing program accepts?
Thank you in advance for your response and taking the time to help me in my research.