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University Nursing Department Hopes to Expand

Officials from Pittsburg State University’s nursing program believe that their department is in need of an expansion, reports The Morning Sun.

The need for expansion is due to the popularity of the Kansas-based university’s nursing degrees. Enrollment for the spring of 2011 is up to 501 students, from 495 in the fall of 2010. However, for the institution, this increase is not necessarily a good thing.

According to Cheryl Giefer, the university’s nursing active chairperson, there are days when classrooms are full from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"There are times during the week that our computer testing lab cannot accommodate our needs," Giefer adds.

In addition to a lack of classroom and available clinical sites, the nursing department has also hit its limit in terms of available faculty. All of these factors are affecting both future planning as well as how the school is run on a day-to-day basis.

These hardships reflect those of many institutions across the nation that are currently affected by a nursing faculty shortage. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing lists an aging educator population and budget constraints as two reasons for this trend.

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