Bachelor-degree nursing schools turned away roughly 30,700 qualified applications in 2007 largely because of a shortage of nurse educators, according to preliminary results from a yearly survey by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Enrollment increased for the seventh consecutive year, by roughly 5%, though growth slowed from the 7.6% enrollment gain reported in 2006.
Baccalaureate program graduates increased for the sixth consecutive year, by 7.4%, down sharply from the 18.4% increase a year earlier. Final survey results are expected in March; the figures include data from 427 nursing schools that reported data in 2007 and 2006. -- by Melanie Evans