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Solving the Nursing Shortage: 5 Pathways to Become a Nurse

 
173F3862Our nation’s population is aging and the nursing workforce is retiring. The disparity between the need for nurses and individuals who are ready to assume those roles continues to grow daily. And yet, in communities across the country, nursing programs have been forced to reject student applications amid this dramatic nursing shortage.

For many colleges and universities, the inability to find qualified clinical sites and experienced nursing faculty has left them unable to accept students into their programs. In some states, the required student to faculty ratio in patient care settings has changed from ten, to eight, and in some states, six students per individual faculty member. This change has caused some programs to downsize the number of nursing students they accept.

Shout Out to The Class of 2018!

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Congratulations to all 305 graduates of the Mercy College of Health Sciences Class of 2018, representing 12 academic disciplines from 116 cities in 11 states and 5 countries.

 
Friends and family from far and wide celebrated the milestones of their loved ones who are entering the next chapter of their lives.

Watch the Student Speakers Deliver their Remarks Below

Justin GillJustin Michael Gill, BSN
Before attending Mercy College of Health Sciences, Justin graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Science Education with endorsements in biology, general science, physical science, and coaching. He taught middle school science for seven years and coached middle school track and wrestling. As an educator at Saint Theresa Catholic School, Justin helped redevelop the diocesan science curriculum, initiate a kindergarten - 8th grade STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program, organized the installment and utilization of a school garden to help offset the cost of the lunch program, and was nominated for the Iowa’s Inspirational Teacher award.