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Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2014 (Revised August 2015), Report No. 15-04, January 2015
 
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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 number of new nursing education programs has increased by 114%.

Between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years,

  • the number of nursing student seats increased by 4.4%;
  • enrollment in nursing programs increased by 6.3%, with the greatest increase occurring in associate degree in nursing generic programs;
  • nursing program retention rates decreased by 1.4%; and
  • the number of students graduating from nursing programs increased by 4.8 %.

In addition, most 2011-12 practical nursing program graduates (61%) and registered nursing program graduates (81%) were likely employed as a licensed nurse in Florida.

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. 14-10 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2012-13,published in May 2014.
  • Report No. 14-03 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2013, While Licensure Exams Passage Rates of New Programs Declined,published in January 2014.
  • 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. 12-04 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2011 with Significant Increases in Student Enrollment and Graduates,published in January 2012.
  • Report No. 11-06 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.

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