UIHC, Nursing School Face Nurse Shortage
By Emi Bendler | The Daily Iowan | 3/31/2017
The nursing shortage has not only affected the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the UI College of Nursing has also felt its effects in faculty.
“We would like to address the nursing shortage by educating as many nurses as we possibly can, but the problem is there’s even a greater nursing-faculty shortage,” said Mary Dirks, a UI clinical professor and assistant dean for Graduate Practice Programs.
The UIHC has around 200 positions that are vacant or will be in the near future, said Emily Wynn, an interim co-chief nursing officer at the UIHC.
Thad Wilson, interim dean of the UI Nursing College, said the nursing shortage has the potential to affect the number of students who attend the nursing school.
“We’ve grown actually in the number of undergraduate students that we’ve allowed in the program over the last three years,” he said.
Additionally, Wilson noted that a large number of nursing students, around 60 percent over the last few years, have ended up working at the UIHC.
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