Dean Frantz Cited in Military Advanced Education
*The following excerpt is from an article that appeared in the December 2012 (Vol. 7, Issue 10) edition of Military Advanced Education.
The United States of America needs more nurses. We’re just a few years away from what appears to be escalating into a medical world version of a perfect storm: An aging, retiring population of baby boomers who will need additional quality health care—at the hospital, at their doctors’ offices, at home—colliding with an aging population of nurses, many of whom also will be ready for retirement. If these two circumstances continue unchecked—and obviously nothing can be done about the former—it’s easy to predict the potential for problems down the road.
Of course, sometimes addressing a specific need doesn’t take major redesigning, just a little refocusing. Most of the country’s new nurses started their career journey directly out of high school, which remains a hotbed of potential learners.
“We are engaging more strategically with high school counselors to educate them about the nursing profession so that they can more effectively counsel high school students toward careers in nursing,” said Rita A. Frantz, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Kelting Dean and professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing.
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