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When nurses are needed most, nursing programs aren’t keeping up with demand

Parts of the country will face severe shortages by 2030, and Covid-19 is making things worse.

Shared is an article featuring many of the California Community College Associate Degree Nursing Programs and students. 

Health protocols are limiting in-person instruction. Nursing teachers are quitting in large numbers, while others are nearing retirement. Hospitals are stretched too thin to provide required hands-on clinical training. And budgets are so constrained that student nurses are forced to buy their own personal protection equipment, or PPE.

“What worries people, if Covid continues on and takes its toll, is will people still enroll in nursing programs?” asked Peter Buerhaus, a nurse, economist and professor at Montana State University who studies the nursing workforce.