Texas Tech staying ahead of the national nursing shortage - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/12/10

Texas Tech staying ahead of the national nursing shortage

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By Karin McCay| email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – By the year 2020, the demand for nurses is expected to increase by 86%, but the supply is only 53%. This is National Nurse's Week, a time to for area nurses to get the word out that rural areas like West Texas are especially vulnerable, but Texas Tech is staying ahead of the game by expanding programs to attract more nurses.

"Texas Tech is getting ready to open their simulation lab and that will reward the students the ability to simulate clinical experiences and that's going to be very innovative for us and that will begin this fall," said Cindy Acton, R.N., B.S.N., a professor at TTUHSC's Perry School of Nursing.

The Texas Tech Health Science Center's Perry School of Nursing graduates more than 500 nurses every year.  For more information on programs or enrollment, call Texas Tech at 743-2143.

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