Enrollment in bachelor-degree nursing programs was up 13% in 2005, the fifth consecutive year of growth, according to preliminary data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. But nursing programs also rejected roughly 32,600 qualified applicants that year largely because of an ongoing faculty shortage. Graduates from entry-level baccalaureate programs increased 19%, the fourth straight year of growth. Still, the gains are not enough to avert a federally projected shortfall of 800,000 nurses by 2020, according to the AACN.
Nursing student growth not enough
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