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Durbin introduces bill to increase nursing school capacity

February 27, 2009

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) yesterday introduced legislation (S. 497) backed by the American Organization of Nurse Executives and other nursing groups that would provide grants to nursing schools for faculty and other resources to increase enrollment. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nursing schools last year turned away nearly 50,000 qualified applicants due to a shortage of faculty (62.5%), insufficient clinical teaching sites (53.8%), limited classroom space (42.3%), insufficient preceptors (25.4%) and budget cuts (14.8%). AONE is a AHA subsidiary.