Davenport University announced today that it is working to address the national nursing shortage by expanding its nursing program. For the first time ever, 64 students will be accepted into the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program for the winter 2020 semester.

With over 50 percent of the RN workforce reporting themselves as age 50 or older in a 2017 survey conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and the Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, there are no signs the demand for registered nurses (RNs) will slow. As the demand for RNs continues to grow with more nurses retiring each year and an aging population in need of health care, nursing schools must adapt to meet the needs of employers.

To replace these nurses and fill newly created positions, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a need for over 200,000 new RNs each year through 2026. At the same time, nursing schools across the U.S. are experiencing issues expanding their programs due to difficulty finding qualified faculty and available clinical space.

“We have worked hard to expand our BSN program and will continue to do so,” said Karen Daley, dean of the College of Health Professions for Davenport University. “Studies have shown strong connections between nursing staffing levels and patient safety, so it’s critical that we continue to do whatever we can to address the nursing shortage.”

With large numbers of experienced nurses retiring also comes a substantial loss of expertiseThis has created rising employer demand for baccalaureate-educated nurses. Nurses with a BSN earn more money, are better trained in specialty areas and are increasingly favored by employers. To best prepare its students, Davenport University focused on creating a BSN class to begin in January 2020.

Davenport University BSN graduates:

  • Have a 94 percent pass rate for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam – three percentage points higher than the national average
  • Reported a 100 percent employment rate within six months of licensure
  • Are taught by expert-level nurse educators while gaining hands-on experience through affiliate hospitals and health care systems

Qualified applicants will be admitted to Davenport’s BSN program on a first come first served basis until all 64 seats are full. Applications will be reviewed on three distinct dates – June 3, August 5 and September 1. Get more information about Davenport’s BSN program and admissions process at davenport.edu/nursing2020.