The number of students who enrolled in and graduated from baccalaureate nursing programs rose in 2009, despite concerns among many observers that the recessionary job market would hurt interest in nursing careers.
Nursing enrollment rose in 2009, survey finds
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported in its 29th annual survey of nursing colleges that the enrollment in baccalaureate nursing programs increased by a projected 3.5% in 2009, reversing a five-year trend in declining growth rates. The growth rate in 2008 was 2.2%. The survey also reported that the number of new graduates from baccalaureate nursing programs increased by 3.2% in 2009, which was the lowest rate of growth seen in six years.
AACN wants to prevent a return to trends seen from 1996 to 2001, when the total number of enrollments and graduations from baccalaureate nursing programs declined while the number of vacant nursing jobs grew. However, the ongoing recession has caused many older nurses to hold onto jobs, prompting many new graduates to complain of long job searches and less-than-ideal job placements (Print subscription required).
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