The Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix is partnering with Arizona State University to train nurses to help the state's ongoing nursing shortage.
Twenty nursing students will begin clinical training in August 2005 at the hospital. The program will produce 60 nurses over three years and give ASU the capacity to accept more qualified students.
Arizona's nursing shortage has been compounded by the limited number of spaces in nursing schools and the lack of qualified instructors, who must have at least a master's degree to teach at ASU and other universities.
ASU will provide the curriculum and supervise clinical instruction given by Mayo nurses, many of whom have master's degrees.
The program is part of a medical research partnership announced June 2 between the university and Mayo.