Mississippi nursing schools turn away students amid shortage
By MICHAEL GOLDBERG
Associated Press/Report for America
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Nursing programs at Mississippi’s public universities are turning away hundreds of potential students every year because of insufficient faculty sizes.
The students are being turned away amid a nursing shortage that is exacerbating poor health outcomes in the state.
Alfred Rankins Jr. is Mississippi’s commissioner of higher education. He says nursing programs must turn away about 300 qualified applicants each year.
He says nursing programs have struggled to retain faculty members because of the state’s lower-than-average salaries for public university employees.
The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning is requesting a $5 million increase in state funds for the upcoming fiscal year to beef up nursing faculties at public universities.
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1/17/2023 12:15:10 PM (GMT -6:00)