Nursing program will benefit from $5 million USG initiative

Kennesaw State is slated to receive a piece of a $5 million University System of Georgia initiative aimed at producing more nurses.

Georgia (Apr 26, 2006) — Kennesaw State is slated to receive a piece of a $5 million University System of Georgia initiative aimed at producing more nurses.

The USG said the allocation will fund a multi−level strategy to address the state’s severe shortage of nurses and nurse educators‚ existing limitations in the nursing admissions process and the overall lack of adequate clinical training sites for students. In all‚ 21 institutions will participate in the comprehensive effort‚ producing new graduates with associate’s‚ bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in nursing.

KSU’s portion of the initiative will help expand its accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing program.

“This funding will allow us to accelerate our mission even further‚” WellStar School of Nursing Chair David Bennett said. “We welcome the opportunity to increase enrollment in the nursing program.”

Because of KSU’s reputation as the No. 2 producer of nurses in the state‚ many students apply to the program‚ but space is very limited‚ Bennett said. There are currently 347 undergraduate students enrolled in the nursing program and 46 are expected to graduate in May.

“We turn away between 10 to 12 students for every one student accepted into the program‚” he said. “Every time we open an online application site‚ we receive anywhere from 600 to 1‚000 applications. This initiative will allow Kennesaw State to accept a higher number of students.”

The USG graduates more than 2‚000 nurses per year – a number expected to increase by more than 400 during the 2006−2007 academic year because of this initiative‚ according to Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr.

“We will accelerate the production of nurses at as many locations and in as many different ways as possible‚” Davis said. “The nursing shortage represents a critical issue for the state.”


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