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