New Univ. of Iowa agreement with community college could end Iowa's nurse shortage

New agreement with community college could end state's nurse shortage

The nurse shortage in Iowa is high but the University of Iowa is attempting to fill the nurse vacancy gap.

On Tuesday, U of I President Bruce Harreld and DMACC President Rob Denson signed a new articulation agreement that will allow DMACC nursing students to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Iowa.

Currently, many nurses are baby boomers and are reaching retirement. According to the University of Iowa, 21% of the nursing workforce is eligible to retire right now.

For DMACC students to enter the program they must have at least a 3.0-grade point average (GPA) and successfully complete and meet DMACC's nursing requirements. Next, students will automatically be admitted into the University of Iowa's BSM program.

"Often times people think they can't get into Iowa. It's too expensive or they have to come to campus. There is another option to get your BSN no matter where you sit in Iowa," explains University of Iowa College of Nursing Program Coordinator, RN-BSN Cheri Doggett.

"So you can sit in Southwest Iowa, Northwest Iowa. You can sit in Des Moines where DMACC is you can sit anywhere in Iowa as long as you have your 2-year degree in nursing. We're more than happy to work with you to help you get your four-year degree."

Right now, there are 72 vacancies at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids - UnityPoint Health. On November 16 they will have a nursing job fair from 3 to 6 on the hospital's third flood Heart Center track.

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