“As the state leader in nursing education, PLU is committed to developing programs and initiatives that prepare high-quality nurses to help meet the health care needs of communities in the Puget Sound area and beyond,” said PLU President Allan Belton. “This ABSN program will help meet an immediate need in the North King County and Snohomish County area, providing education and training in the same community that we anticipate many program graduates will go on to serve.”
Guided by the School of Nursing principles for providing safe, effective, family-centered, and community-based care, the program will combine comprehensive online instruction with immersive simulation experiences to help students hone their clinical skills and of critical thinking. Students will also apply their expertise during clinical rotations at Seattle-area hospitals.
“The shortage of nurses is putting extreme pressure on our healthcare systems,” said Barbara Habermann, dean of the School of Nursing. “The ABSN program is a step forward in mitigating the crisis by quickly and strategically training the next workforce of nurses.”
the US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for registered nurses will increase by 9% through 2030, with approximately 194,500 openings each year.
A 2021 Washington State Hospital Association survey of 80 state hospitals found that 6,100 nurses are needed to fill vacancies. The survey also noted that the average length of an open RN position increased by 54% from 2019 to 2021.
Although the need for nurses is well documented, many colleges and universities are unable to increase enrollment in their nursing programs. In 2020, more … than 80,000 qualified nursing candidates have been denied nursing programs at colleges and universities nationwide, in part due to a lack of facilities and nursing faculty, according to research from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
“We want to reverse this trend with a dynamic program that helps students find their calling and contribute to the common good,” Habermann said. “Through this program, we can prepare our students for rewarding careers while filling the pool of nurses in our community.
Pacific Lutheran University School of Nursing has a rich history dating back to 1951. The school has earned a reputation for providing exceptional and diverse clinical experiences and education to nursing students through partnerships with more of 100 health care agencies and community health organizations. In recent years, the university’s BSN graduates have achieved a pass rate of over 90% for the first time on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
The new ABSN program will begin serving students in the fall. Prospective students must have at least 60 transferable credits.
For more information, visit absn.plu.edu.