New Data Could Be Good for Michigan's Nursing Shortage

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It's no secret the nursing profession could use a shot in the arm when it comes to staffing, but new information released Tuesday by the Michigan Center for Nursing may help bring the numbers up.

Close to 10,000 nurses statewide were surveyed. It's the first time it was done and some say it could be the first step to solving the nursing shortage. Carol Garlinghouse, Michigan Center for Nursing Director, says her group will be holding regional forums and using the data to talk to nurses to see what can be done to turn the numbers around.

Meantime, Lansing Community College is doing its part to help. Dean of Human, Health & Public Careers Roberta Peterson says LCC will keep watching the workforce statistics and as long as there is a demand there will be a response. With new options, the nursing program will graduate 184 students a year. Also, a new Health and Human Service Careers Building is being constructed to accommodate an already expanding student population. The building will open in the fall of 2005.

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