Addressing Workforce Issues Is a Priority

November 22, 2021

Message from the Dean

We are at the end of 2021, and the faculty and staff continue to work hard to help ensure the success of our nursing students. This is critical more now than ever given the nursing shortage which is projected to continue until 2030. The Bureau of Labor projects that RN employment will grow by 15% between 2016 to 2026. However, with the pandemic we have seen many nurses leave the field and choose other options due to compassion, fatigue, and burnout. The nursing shortage is not just a Kentucky crisis, it is a national crisis.
To address the nursing shortage, we have two accelerated programs for individuals already holding a degree: 1) Master's Entry, which is six semesters that results in a BSN and MSN, and 2) Accelerated BSN that is four semesters. Both programs help to increase the number of nurses in the workforce. Expanding these programs would not be possible without the $1 million donation we received to expand our classroom space. We now have two state-of-the-art classrooms; one that holds 109 students and one that holds 72 students. My gratitude to the donor is unmeasurable as he is a hero to our School of Nursing.
Lastly, I would like to share a few points of pride:

  1. The oldest nursing school in the City of Louisville emerged from Louisville General Hospital Nursing School.
  2. Produces more BSN graduates than any school in Louisville, Kentucky.
  3. Above the benchmark for NCLEX pass rates.
  4. The only Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program in Kentucky. Named one of the top 10 programs in the country by Nursing Process.
  5. The only BSN program in Owensboro, Kentucky.
  6. One of the few Accelerated Master Entry Nursing programs in Kentucky.

Go Cards!

Sonya R. Hardin PhD, APRN, NP-C, FAAN
Dean and Professor
UofL School of Nursing