INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis said it would expand its nursing program to accommodate more students, but did not say when that would happen.
One thousand students are enrolled at IUPUI, 300 at the Indiana University campus in Fort Wayne, and 300 at IU Bloomington.
“Absolutely, there is a shortage of nurses and we remain very attentive to what this could look like,” said Robin Newhouse, dean of the IUPUI School of Nursing.
Newhouse adds that registrations could increase gradually.
“We have to make sure that we have adequate clinical placements. We need to make sure we have enough additional teachers to train, and we need to have enough space to train,” Newhouse said.
The school also has accreditation standards that it must adhere to.
There are also several graduate programs offered at the IUPUI school of nursing, including one that trains nurse practitioners.
“Many of them are primary care providers and can be deployed statewide in nurse-run clinics to provide primary care in areas, especially rural areas, where there is no providers available,” Newhouse said.
Other programs that train nursing specialists who can work with populations with chronic conditions.
“Reducing lengths of stay (in hospitals), reducing readmissions and reducing healthcare costs,” Newhouse said.
Much of the country suffered from a shortage of nurses before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the shortage has been exacerbated by the virus.