Teachers Promote Nursing Careers To Fill Shortage In Cobb

  The Atlanta area, like most of the state, is dealing with a shortage of registered nurses as…

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The Atlanta area, like most of the state, is dealing with a shortage of registered nurses as many nurses get ready to retire. …

Dr. Rachel Myers teaches nursing at Kennesaw State University. She said recruitment is not enough, and a more holistic approach needs to be taken to address the nursing shortage.

She said Kennesaw State University is having to turn away many nursing student applicants because there aren’t enough spaces. Myers said it’s tied to not having enough faculty members to teach nursing.

Many professional nurses take a significant pay cut to accept a teaching position. But she said even that’s just only part of the problem. 

“Even if we were to get 20 more faculty so that we could recruit 100 more students every semester, we don't have enough clinical places out in the community to put students,” Myers said.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu