One nursing program revived . . . Anticipating a continued and growing shortage of nurses, Nazareth College, Rochester, N.Y., said it will restart its four-year bachelor's of science in nursing program after closing it in the mid-1960s. The school plans to enroll eight to 12 freshmen in the program this fall. Nazareth ended its four-year nursing program more than 30 years ago when accrediting standards for nursing schools became more stringent and federal funds for nursing education dried up.
. . . and another may cut back. On the West Coast, however, the University of Southern California is considering eliminating or severely cutting back its underperforming bachelor's program for nurses. The school's nursing department produces about 10% of California's licensed nurses, graduating about 80 students annually. Yet an internal review found that the program didn't meet the Los Angeles-based university's overall quality standard, a department official said. What's more, a high faculty-to-student ratio makes the program extremely expensive to run. The USC official couldn't say when a decision would be made on the program, other than that it's expected in the coming weeks.
Texas bill could help nurse shortage. The Texas Legislature will consider a bill to double the state's nursing school enrollment to 10,000 in seven years. The Nursing Shortage Reduction Act, introduced by state Sen. Mike Moncrief, a Fort Worth Democrat, would provide state grants for innovative programs to recruit and retain students; scholarships, matching funds and loan prepayment programs; and faculty- retention initiatives. It also would establish a nursing workforce data center. The measure is estimated to cost up to $25 million annually. Supporters include the Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Nurses Association.