The projected nursing shortage is a little smaller this week. On Dec. 16, the University of Arizona College of Nursing conferred 51 new bachelor of science in nursing degrees.
With the aging nursing workforce and demand for nursing continually growing as baby-boomers fade into retirement, this is a very welcome sign.
"This nursing class includes seven magna cum laude and 13 cum laude graduates. All 51 of these graduates are highly qualified to meet the growing needs of health care in Arizona communities and will make an immediate workforce impact," College of Nursing Dean Joan Shaver said.
Advanced degrees also were conferred. Graduating nurses received four doctor of philosophy degrees and six doctor of nursing practice degrees. This reflects a higher graduation rate of these two degrees than those of other colleges of nursing nationally.
Faculty members at the UA College of Nursing envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities.
Established in 1957, the college ranks among the top nursing programs in the U.S.