In a new post from The Rural Blog, researchers across the Midwest are trying to tackle the registered nursing shortage problem. In many rural areas the lack of registered nurses is apparent, but competitive nursing school programs have turned away thousands of applicants due to staff shortages on their end.

From the post: “Another reason for the overall shortage: Nursing schools don’t have enough instructors to train more, Yuki Noguchi reports for NPR. The pandemic has worsened this shortage, too: Nursing educators need advanced degrees but typically earn half what they would as a nurse working on the floor. The pandemic increased financial strains for many nursing instructors, forcing them to quit and find more lucrative work. In 2019, colleges and universities turned away some 80,000 qualified applicants because they were short of faculty or other resources.”

Community colleges across the country are trying to fill the gap by adding more nursing classes to their rosters, but like their four-year counterparts, the nursing associate’s programs are highly competitive.

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