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UTA In The News — Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

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Nursing shortages continue

Nursing shortages continue nationwide, a Fort Worth Business Press story reported. By far, the fastest growth at The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing has been in the “RN to BSN” program, through which registered nurses with associate degrees go back to class to earn their bachelor of science in nursing degrees, said Elizabeth Poster, dean of the College of Nursing. "Every eight weeks, we admit another class to that program,” Poster said. “In January we admitted 1,021 … In 2008, we had 100 students in the RN to BSN program. Today we have almost 5,000.” Poster said UT Arlington now has about 7,500 nursing students, making it the largest public nursing program in the country.