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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University June 21, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 38
Hopkins Pilots Fast-Track Program to Address Nurse Shortage Crisis

By Ming Tai
School of Nursing

The looming crisis of a worldwide shortage of nurses has led the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing to expand its student enrollment through a new accelerated second degree entry point for the education of future nurses.

Beginning in January 2005, the School of Nursing will provide the Hopkins "brand" of outstanding nursing education to an additional baccalaureate class of approximately 50 students who already hold bachelor's degrees in other disciplines. The 17-month accelerated option will produce an additional cohort of clinically expert nurses who will graduate in May 2006.

According to Sandra Angell, School of Nursing associate dean for student affairs, "Historically Hopkins has heeded the social imperative to respond in times of crises. During World War II, the nursing diploma program doubled its enrollment. It is time for us to take the lead once again."

Angell added that a soaring and extraordinarily high-quality applicant pool, plus a growing wait list, encouraged School of Nursing Dean Martha N. Hill; Anne Belcher, senior associate dean for academic affairs; and herself to create an opportunity that would address the crisis while meeting the needs of more applicants seeking careers in nursing.

"We have expanded existing class sizes to the maximum, but that alone will not be enough to lessen the shortage," Angell explained. "We looked at how we could take advantage of the applicant pool and wait list by rearranging class schedules, adding faculty, using our facilities to maximum capacity throughout the week, [and] expanding our clinical experiences, and still maintain the highest quality in nursing education."

For more information about the 17-month accelerated January entry point at the School of Nursing and the full range of financial aid and merit scholarship opportunities, go to or call the Admissions Office at 410-955-7548.


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