First-year enrollment in the nation's 450 baccalaureate nursing programs surged 15.9% this fall, continuing a three-year upward trend, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. By comparison, first-year enrollment grew 8.1% in 2002. Nevertheless, association President Kathleen Ann Long said enrollment must grow more to stem a worsening nationwide nursing shortage. Healthcare experts predict that nursing school enrollments must increase 40% annually to offset nurses expected to leave the workforce. -- by Patrick Reilly
Nursing enrollment up, but not enough, experts say
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