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Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2013, While Licensure Exams Passage Rates of New Programs Declined, Report No. 14-03, January 2014
 
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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 231 new nursing education programs, which has increased the total number of programs by 139%;
  • the number of nursing student seats has increased by 180%;
  • enrollment in nursing programs has increased by 58%, with the greatest increase occurring in nursing bridge programs;
  • the number of students graduating from nursing programs has increased by 30%;
  • the licensure exam passage rates of the nursing programs created since 2009 that had graduates who took the licensure exam declined— approximately 73% had exam passage rates that were more than 10% below the national average for the 2013 calendar year;
  • 73% of practical nursing program graduates that received their initial license in 2011 are employed in a nursing-related field; and
  • 90% of associate and bachelor’s degree in nursing program graduates that received their initial registered nurse license in 2011 are employed in a nursing-related field.

Also, when comparing the two most recent academic years (2011-12 and 2012-13), nursing program retention rates decreased by 2%.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Medical Quality Assurance
Department of Health

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 17-07 Approximately 42% of Nursing Programs Had Licensure Exam Passage Rates Below the Required Legislative Standard in 2016,published in June 2017.
  • Report No. 17-03 Review of Florida’s Nursing Education Programs, 2016,published in January 2017.
  • Report No. 16-05 Approximately 42% of Nursing Programs Had Licensure Exam Passage Rates Below the Required Legislative Standard in 2015,published in July 2016.
  • Report No. 15-07 Over One-Third of Nursing Programs Had Licensure Exam Passage Rates Below the Required Legislative Standard in 2014,published in July 2015.
  • Report No. 15-04 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2014,published in January 2015.
  • Report No. 14-10 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2012-13,published in May 2014.
  • Report No. 13-09 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2012-13,published in June 2013.
  • 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. 12-04 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2011 with Significant Increases in Student Enrollment and Graduates,published in January 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. 07-04 Florida Nurse Practice Act and Board of Nursing Rules Create No Unreasonable Barriers to Producing New Nurses,published in Janurary 2007.

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