Should nursing schools lower their standards due to the shortage of nurses?

I've heard of the bill, Nurse Education Expansion, and Development Act (still underway) that allows "Public Health Service Act to authorize capitation grants to increase the number of nursing faculty and students, and for other purposes." Do you think this bill should be enforced? Should nursing schools lower their standards to beat the shortage of nurses we're experiencing? Or do you think there is an alternative, say, like increasing the salary of nursing professors so we won't be short of them? How do we defeat the nursing shortage?! You think the bill, if it becomes law, will do any good?

Asked By: cuppycake1221 - 6/12/2008
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While I think there should be grants in place to hire more faculty and increase pay for instructors, there is absolutely no way nursing programs should lower their standards... More
Answered By: Carla O - 6/12/2008
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Sure, we could do with incompetence in the nursing profession, no problemo. How about better standards, better pay? Send them to Canada. We can use them up here.
Answered By: Eve - 6/12/2008
That sounds mighty scary!
Answered By: SusanS - 6/12/2008
no, i don't think they should lower their standards. Im sorry, there are ppl in my class already making medication errors b/c they don't know how to do basic math, if they lower the standards more patients will die for no reason!
Answered By: May - 6/12/2008
No, they should not lower their standards. How would you like some sub-par critical care nurse taking care of you, or your loved ones, in an ICU or an ER somewhere? What they could do is treat nurses better than they do, and increase the pay. Doctors make a killing each year, well before they pay malpractice that is... More
Answered By: Matthew M - 6/12/2008
NO, as a health care worker you are dealing with other people health, lower standards was done to help minorities students... More
Answered By: trailhiker08 - 6/12/2008
"Standards" are not the problem. Available student slots (especially for clinical training) and instructor shortages are the main bottlenecks.
Answered By: bud68 - 6/13/2008
Yikes!! No, there needs to be other incentives to get intelligent, well qualified people into the field. Lowering the standard would mean lowering the patients level of care...that is not acceptable. We really need to be going in the other direction, up, raising the standard and improving care.
Answered By: KIM B - 6/13/2008
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