A national nursing college with nearly 10 locations spanning from Phoenix to Arlington, Virginia, isn't complacent in its efforts to reach more students, recently adding a new location in Indianapolis. The addition is meant to serve the expected increase in students seeking to earn health and medicine degrees or online bachelor's of science in nursing degrees as the nursing industry may face a shortage.
"There will be greater demand on the healthcare system in coming years, and our workforce needs to be ready," said Dr. Susan Groenwald, national president of the school. "Indiana will not be able to build a strong nursing workforce if prospective nurses do not have adequate access to quality nursing education. Through the opening of the Indianapolis campus, [we] will educate future nursing professionals to meet the state's healthcare demands."
By the year 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said the country may face a shortage of 1 million nurses, as baby boomer-age nurses retire and then need more medical attention themselves as they age.
In Indiana, more than 1,600 qualified nursing students reportedly were turned away from programs because of a lack of space in nursing schools, the college said.