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Health and Human Services, HHS , Georgia will have a projected additional need for more than 20,000 registered nurses by 2020. This additional need reflects an expected 35.6 percent increase between 2001 and 2020.
In a Task Force on Health Profession Education report to the Board of Regents An independent governing body that oversees a state's public Colleges and Universities.
All 50 states have governing bodies that oversee the administration of public education. of the University System of Georgia The University System of Georgia (USG) is the organizational body that includes all public institutions of higher learning in Georgia. The System is governed by the Georgia Board of Regents. this June, it was revealed that at the present rate of growth and all other things constant, the Georgia public higher education system would only be able to meet roughly two-thirds of the state's annual demand for registered nurses (RNs). This same report of a task force appointed during September 2005 asserted that nearly all of Georgia's health care professions will be in short supply by the year 2015.
The report, which paints a grim picture of the current state of Georgia's public health care education systems suggests recommended actions to remedy the situation efficiently and quickly. The task force notes that qualified applicants rejected nearly doubles current output.
Long-time Georgia Nurses Association (GNA) member Kay Hampton, MSN, RN served on the Task Force to represent professional nursing. Hampton currently is the Director of Career and Technical Education at Coastal Georgia Community College Coastal Georgia Community College is a community college in the University System of Georgia. It offers courses in programs designed to provide opportunities in three areas: two-year associate degree programs that prepare students to transfer to senior colleges and universities, and is the GNA Director of Leadership Development.
"The task force worked diligently to assess the current and future needs for all healthcare providers in Georgia. Knowing the aging and growing population, the demand will continue to increase. The task force representatives were from several colleges/universities and represented nursing, medicine and various allied health professions. Registered Nursing was, of course, the profession with the greatest need in numbers," states Hampton. "I believe the work of this task force will provide the USG Board of Regents with the data to move forward with strategic initiatives to battle the professional nursing shortage, by providing opportunities for RNs to continue their education at the graduate level, thus producing additional faculty and to increase the nursing student population in the various colleges and universities."
Recommendations from this task force include the following:
* Improve system-level planning to be more responsive to local needs, while adapting to innovation and outcome oriented;
* Launch system initiatives to increase the number and diversity of qualified faculty; and
* Establish an ongoing process of curricular revision and enhancement to incorporate new knowledge and technology.
In April of this year, the University System of Georgia announced a $5 million initiative that made expanding the University System of Georgia's production of nurses a key priority.
The allocation is to fund a multi-level strategy to address the state's severe shortage of nurses and nurse educators, admissions limitations in existing nursing programs and the lack of adequate clinical sites for nurse training.
"We will accelerate the production of nurses at as many locations and in as many different ways as possible," Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. said. "Our goal is to drive our budget allocations toward System-wide priorities and compelling needs in key policy areas. The nursing shortage represents a critical issue for the state."
According to the University System of Georgia, these new funds will be used to:
* Enable the Medical College of Georgia In 1828, it was chartered by the state of Georgia as the Medical Academy of Georgia, with plans to offer a single course of lectures leading to a bachelor's degree. It opened the following year on October 1st at the Augusta hospital. (MCG) to offer its existing Doctor of Nursing Practice program as an external degree program on the campuses of eight other colleges and universities across the state, including at Albany State University Historical Background
Joseph Winthrop Holley founded the institution in 1903 as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute. Holley was born in 1874 to former slaves in Winnsboro, South Carolina. , Clayton State University The main campus is located in a wooded area of 163 acres (0.7 km²) with several ponds and a beautiful lake in the north-central part of Clayton County in suburban south metro Atlanta. , Columbus State University Columbus State University is a four-year public liberal arts university located in Columbus, Georgia. The university was established and is administered by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the , Emory University, Georgia Southern University Georgia Southern University, established 1906, is a regional university located in Statesboro, Georgia, USA, and part of the University System of Georgia. It is the largest center of higher education in the southern half of Georgia and is the sixth largest institution in the , Gordon College, MCG's School of Nursing in Athens, and at Valdosta State University Valdosta State University is a public university located in the city of Valdosta, Georgia, in the United States, and is part of the University System of Georgia. Degree levels offered at VSU include: Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Education Specialist, and Doctoral. ;
* Enable Georgia State University History
Georgia State University was founded in 1913 as the Georgia School of Technology's "School of Commerce." The school focused on what was called "the new science of business. to partner with five other USG institutions to establish a statewide doctoral program (Ph.D.) in nursing. The partner institutions are Armstrong Atlantic State University Armstrong Atlantic State University, abbreviated AASU, is a state university located in Savannah, Georgia. It is a unit of the University System of Georgia and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. , Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southwestern State University Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia, is a school in the University System of Georgia. History
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* Expand Associate of Science in Nursing An Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) is an entry-level tertiary education nursing degree. In the United States, this type of degree is usually awarded by community colleges or similar nursing schools. programs at nine USG institutions: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is a coeducational college specializing in agriculture, located in Tifton, Georgia. It is a part of the University System of Georgia, and is named for Abraham Baldwin, the first president of the University of Georgia, Georgia's first university. , Bainbridge College, Darton College, East Georgia College, North Georgia College & State University, Macon State College, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia Highlands College and South Georgia College;
* Expand accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four year academic degree in the science and principles of nursing, granted by a tertiary education university or similarly accredited school. programs at five USG institutions: Columbus State University, Kennesaw State University, Georgia Southwestern State University, Georgia State University, and Valdosta State University;
* Establish an Endowed Chair of Nursing at Georgia Southern University; and
* Create simulation labs at Valdosta State and Albany State universities that will allow nursing students to gain experience in a realistic clinical setting. Students will use life-size computerized human models that can be programmed to react physiologically to different scenarios, such as the administration of drugs, insertion of intravenous lines and respiratory distress. The labs will allow VSU and ASU to expand enrollment in their nursing programs, which are limited currently by inadequate clinical space.
With health care professionals accounting for nearly 15 percent of the state's labor income and some 11 percent of the state's Gross State Product, it is clear that our present shortages are critical in nature.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Georgia is currently the ninth largest state in the nation; however, our supply of RNs comes in below 42. To compound the issue, Georgia's health status is ranked 43 and the State of Emergency Medicine Report Card lists Georgia's access to care with a grade of D+.
Additionally, officials estimate that Georgia's population will increase to more than 10.8 million by 2015. This increase in population will demand an adequate supply of qualified skilled health care professionals that our education system currently cannot provide.
Hopefully, a $5 million investment in nursing education in conjunction with the recommendations of this task force will bring Georgia out of its current critical shortage.