Nursing school programs, capacity and faculty levels are the keys to graduating enough nurses to meet employer demand, New Jersey nurse leaders said. New Jersey State Nurses Association CEO Judy Schmidt said while nursing is stable in the state, there are shortages in specialty areas such as operating room, labor and delivery, hospice and home health.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported health care added 16,700 jobs in July, a decrease from 25,200 new health care jobs in June, with the sector's total job growth for the year at 286,000. Ambulatory care services added 9,900 jobs in July, while hospitals added 6,800.
The Oregon State University Board of Trustees approved a request by Oregon State University-Cascades to launch a two-year online program allowing registered nurses to earn a bachelor's degree while continuing to work. The school still needs approval from the statewide provost council and the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
California University of Pennsylvania is joining with Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing to offer online nursing classes. Students can complete classroom work online and receive on-site training at Ohio Valley Hospital.
A busier-than-normal summer has helped increase patient volume at CHI St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, Neb., leading to nurse shortages and transfers of patients to sister hospitals in Omaha. There is a shortage of nurses overall in Nebraska, but Bob Ravenscroft at Bryan Health said the hospital has hired more than 300 registered nurses in the past year, including 200 in the past six months.
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