- Recent studies show staggering statistics to shortages in relation to the nursing field. Given the fact that 55% of nurses surveyed in a recent study, announced intentions of retirement before 2020, we can easily expect the nursing shortage to intensify. In combination with the baby boomers aging and their health care needs growing, it is likely that the U.S. will have over 118,000 vacant positions in the nursing field in the very near future. Estimations reflect a need for more than 1.2 million new nurses by 2014. Today 82% of healthcare providers surveyed perceived shortages where they worked. In addition to the lack of staffing, the nursing shortage thrusts a high demand and increased workload stress on already over burdened health care workers. The statistics are staggering but real.
- Holding true to our mission of "responding to the health care educational needs of the region by preparing qualified health care professionals," the College has added programs as shortages in health care fields have developed in the region. The College offers associate degree programs in nursing and radiography as well as certificate programs in medical technology/clinical laboratory science and surgical technology.
- The College has graduated and placed 800+ health care providers in the immediate area since it reopened in 1990 and currently has 200+ students actively enrolled in its programs.
Adequate Resources Vital
- Quality education is not possible without adequate resources. In order to provide adequate supervision of health care students in the clinical learning environment, the College maintains the recommended instructor to student ratio of 1:10. Thus, sufficient numbers of qualified faculty must be hired and maintained. This ratio is difficult to maintain as many qualified instructors choose to practice in health care institutions rather than educational institutions due to the higher earning potential. Health care provider faculty is in short supply just as are clinical health care providers.
- Because the College is a private, not-for-profit institution of higher learning, the College does not receive any state or federal funding to support its programs. This means that the College must look to Southeast Hospital to subsidize the cost of education that student tuition does not cover. Last year, this amounted to nearly $550,000! We want any qualified individual who desires to become a provider of health care to be able to afford to attend our college. Thus, it is imperative that we keep tuition at an affordable rate and not ask our students to incur the additional costs of their education.
We Need Your Help
- We recognize that the College cannot continue to rely on Southeast Hospital to meet our annual budget. The College must plan for the future and build its own resources to be able to subsidize the cost of health care provider student education.
- The College can keep education affordable by building the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Endowment Fund. It is our goal to initially raise $1,000,000 to build this endowment. The primary purpose of the fund would be to eventually use earnings generated by the corpus to subsidize that portion of health care provider education that tuition does not cover.
- To prepare nurses, x-ray technologists, operating room technologists, and the laboratory technologists that we need tomorrow – we need your help today. Please give generously to support the College of Nursing & Health Sciences Endowment Fund. Our pledge to you is that the funds generated through the Endowment Campaign will be used to keep provider education at our College affordable.
Make a donation through SoutheastHEALTH Foundation