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Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2011 with Significant Increases in Student Enrollment and Graduates, Report No. 12-04, January 2012
Full report in PDF formatReport No. 12-07, Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2010-11
To address the nursing shortage in Florida, the 2009 Legislature modified how the Board of Nursing oversees nursing education programs. The intent of the modifications was to increase the number of nursing programs and qualified nurses in Florida. Since the legislation took effect in July 2009,
- the Board of Nursing has approved 111 new nursing education programs, which has increased the total number of programs by 67%;
- the number of nursing student seats has increased by 47%;
- enrollment in nursing programs has increased by 40%, with the greatest increase occurring in associate degree programs;
- nursing program retention rates have gradually increased; and
- the number of students graduating from nursing programs has increased by 14%. However, not enough time has elapsed to fully evaluate the effects of the new law on nursing licensure exam passage rates or employment outcomes of nursing program graduates.
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Department of Health
Medical Quality Assurance
What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?
- Report No. 13-03 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2012 with Increases in Program Capacity, Student Enrollment, and Graduates,published in January 2013.
- Report No. 12-07 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2010-2011,published in May 2012.
- Report No. 11-18 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2009-10,published in May 2011.
- Report No. 11-06 Board of Nursing Addressed Statutory Changes; Nursing Program Capacity Expanded in 2009-10,published in January 2011.
- Report No. 10-14 Since Implementing Statutory Changes, the State Board of Nursing Has Approved More Nursing Programs; the Legislature Should Address Implementation Issues,published in January 2010.
- Report No. 07-45 Increased Funding and Program Delivery Changes Aim to Increase Florida’s Teachers and Nurses,published in December 2007.
- Report No. 07-04 Florida Nurse Practice Act and Board of Nursing Rules Create No Unreasonable Barriers to Producing New Nurses,published in Janurary 2007.
- Report No. 06-02 Nurse Licensure Compact Would Produce Some Benefits But Not Resolve the Nurse Shortage,published in January 2006.
- Report No. 05-09 Florida Can Use Several Strategies to Encourage Students to Enroll in Areas of Critical Need,published in February 2005.
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