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Nurses in the US are being exhausted by attention to the Covid-19 pandemic and are abandoning, however, Applications for nursing schools are on the rise, driven because young people see the global emergency as an opportunity and a challenge, published Fox Business.
In the United States, enrollment in nursing bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs increased 5.6% in 2020 over the previous year to just over 250,000 students, according to the American Association of Nursing Colleges.
For the 2021-22 cycle the numbers are not yet available, but administrators say they continue to see an increase in interest from applicants.
The University of Michigan School of Nursing said received approximately 1,800 applications for 150 freshman positions this fall, compared to roughly 1,200 in 2019.
Marie Nolan, executive vice dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, commented that she has seen more applicants, even before the vaccine was available, even though she personally had concerns that Covid- 19 would scare the students.
“We told the students: ‘This is a career opportunity they will never see again’ “Nolan said. Students have been able to gain valuable hands-on experience during the pandemic, testing for Covid-19, contact tracing, and working in community vaccination clinics.
The increase in enrollment could help alleviate the nursing shortage that existed even before the onset of the coronavirus.
Brianna Monte, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Connecticut, had been considering majoring in education, but decided to go into nursing after watching nurses take care of her 84-year-old grandmother, who was diagnosed with Covid-19, in addition to having cancer.
“They changed their protective gear between each patient, running like crazy trying to make sure all of their patients were taken care of,” Brianna said. “I had that moment of clarity that made me want to jump straight to medical attention and join the workers on the front line. “
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.