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|Date||Headline||02/04/2013||Public Opinion Research|
Nebraska's Nursing Shortage
The long and short of it. Huge waves of aging Baby Boomers will dramatically increase demand for nurses, pushing the already serious shortage of nurses to crisis stage in the years ahead. To address this critical need in Nebraska, it is imperative to educate more nurses.
Perception vs. reality.
Many people think there’s a nursing shortage because people don’t want to go into nursing as a career. In fact, interest far exceeds capacity to educate. In Nebraska and throughout the U.S., qualified applicants are turned away because of insufficient faculty, facilities and resources.
The nursing pipeline squeeze: faculty.
The nationwide faculty shortage is a principal reason behind the U.S. nursing shortage. Teachers are in short supply, and many are nearing retirement age.
53 — Average age of nursing faculty at the UNMC College of Nursing.
54 — Average age of nursing faculty in the U.S.
The double downside for Nebraska’s communities.
The nursing shortage affects Nebraska border to border. No city or region is spared, and the penalty is most severe in small towns and rural areas. Lack of care impedes not just physical health but also economic health — the ability of communities to draw and hold residents and the businesses that employ them.
The University of Nebraska is working to address these shortages.
Three projects are planned to address shortages of nurses and nursing faculty.
Impact of NU Research
Research conducted at the University of Nebraska has a significant impact on the state’s economy. Our research focuses on areas of importance to people in Nebraska and throughout the world, including:
These are just a few of the areas in which university research is strengthening the state's economy by spawning new businesses and attracting companies that want to grow in a technology-rich, innovation-focused environment.
College of Nursing - Lincoln capital request
Two Urgent Issues
The Lincoln Division of the UNMC College of Nursing has had long-standing facility inadequacies resulting in large numbers of qualified applicants turned away each year.
Meanwhile, Nebraska’s nursing shortage widens just as the overall acuity of medical care increases and a growing population of elderly requires more care. Nebraska’s 2008 R.N. shortage of 9 percent is expected to grow to 20 percent by 2020, with rural areas hardest hit. A nationwide faculty shortage is a principal reason behind the U.S. nursing shortage. Not only are teachers in short supply, many are also approaching retirement age.
UNMC College of Nursing – Lincoln Division
Q: What would be different in a new building?
A: A new building increases space for teaching, research, and administration; space will be configured to maximize the functional relationships between and among faculty, students, teaching space, and research space. The five existing classrooms will be replaced with six classrooms and six seminar rooms sized to accommodate varying course enrollments, resulting in better space utilization.
Expanded enrollment is the focus, allowing the Lincoln Division to accept more qualified applicants, an annual projected increase of 64 more students. Expansion will especially focus on the Lincoln area’s greatest need, which is for masters and doctorally prepared nurses to take roles in advanced clinical specialization and as educators in the area’s nursing education programs. An increase of 16 more master’s graduates and 8 more PhD graduates is projected with a new facility.
Better faculty offices and improved research space will aid in national recruitment of new faculty.
Q: Where will the new facility be located?
A: The planned site for the new building is on the East Campus at UNL situated north of the UNMC College of Dentistry and east of the Maxwell Arboretum. Dean Tilden of Nursing and Dean Reinhardt of Dentistry seek to realize efficiencies by the co-location of the two buildings, i.e. the availability of classrooms and auditoriums in each building for booking by the other College; the use of the nursing clinical skills labs for teaching medical skills such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation to dental students; and co-use of instructional and communication technology and IT personnel.
Q: Are adequate clinical sites available in the Lincoln Area?
A: Across the country, clinical sites for training are being replaced by high-technology clinical simulation labs, and we will do the same. We anticipate that by the time the full enrollment growth model is reached (2020), 50% of the clinical training will be in the labs of this facility, thus substantially reducing the demand on patients and clinical sites. Meanwhile, we enjoy collegial cooperation with other nursing programs in the area in negotiating use of clinical sites.