Mississippi can’t meet demand for nursing classes

Despite a statewide shortage of nurses, Mississippi’s community colleges can’t hire enough instructors to meet the demand for training, reports the Clarion Ledger.

At East Central Community College in Decatur, for example, 485 qualified applicants submitted bids for this fall’s associate’s degree class, and the school accepted 72.

Itawamba Community College received 850 applications and accepted 150, and at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, 456 applied with 156 admissions.

The problem may worsen as faculty members retire. Teaching undergraduate nursing requires a master’s degree, yet doesn’t pay much more than nurses can earn with an associate degree. Most of the state’s nurses earn two-year degrees, find jobs and see no need to complete a bachelor’s degree.

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON January 3, 2012

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