Chart, story don’t show rel­e­vant numbers for nurs­ing schools, a reader says

Modern Healthcare - - EDITORIAL MODERN HEALTHCARE -

Acou­ple quick com­ments on the ar­ti­cle (Dec. 12, 2011, p. 10) dis­cussing ap­pli­ca­tions to nurs­ing schools:

First, I think the chart in the ar­ti­cle is mis­lead­ing since it shows com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tions and not en­roll­ments. If I were to ap­ply to three sep­a­rate pro­grams and be ac­cepted by all three, then I be­lieve that I would be counted three times in this data. Bet­ter to show en­roll­ments along with qual­i­fied ap­pli­cants turned away. That would be much more mean­ing­ful.

Sec­ond, I be­lieve that there is much more depth to this story that should be cov­ered. We might be un­usual here in the metro Bos­ton mar­ket with a rel­a­tively large num­ber of reg­is­tered nurse pro­grams, but many new nurs­ing grads here in this area are grad­u­at­ing and find­ing it dif­fi­cult to find the sort of em­ploy­ment that they want. This is due to the down­turn in the econ­omy and many older nurses stay­ing in the pro­fes­sion for longer than they might have other­wise. Your ar­ti­cle as writ­ten is very su­per­fi­cial and did not nearly ad­dress the depth of the is­sue that it de­serves.

Gary Gar­berg Area vice pres­i­dent Part­ners Health­care at Home

Waltham, Mass.

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