Adding More Seats in university nursing programs is no solution to the “crisis in nursing staffing”
In his article in the Telegraph Journal on Friday, October 18, 2019, Michael Robinson reveals that prior to the budget cuts in the university nursing faculties, the UNB had pitched the province with an idea it believed would solve the nursing shortage crisis. He examined a flurry of attempts by the UNB administration to convince government that the solution to the nursing staffing crisis was to add a large investment to expanding faculty and class size in the RN programs at UNB.
In the exchanges of emails, it was revealed that the university proposed major expansion in enrollment levels with a cost estimate of $14,000 per student as the solution to graduating more nurses qualified to write the registration examinations. This proposal was to take the number of seats from 488 to 800 by 2025/26 adding significant increase in budget in addition to what had been approved in 2005/6 for the expansion of class size. Read more here
Ken McGeorge, BS,DHA,CHE is a career health care executive based in Fredericton, NB, Canada.