Keizer University Tallahassee recently launched a Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) program to help address the nursing shortage in Florida. The new academic program was launched in January 2021 and was fully enrolled in the first semester.
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the United States is expected to face a shortage of registered nurses in the coming years. The now defunct Florida Center for Nursing said more than 40 percent of Florida nurses are approaching retirement age in 2030, leaving the state to face a shortage of RNs that could severely impact the state’s health care system.
“Florida’s population continues to grow and the demand for nursing staff will increase as the baby boomers in the state reach retirement age,” he said. Arthur Keizer, Chancellor and CEO of Keizer University. “Keizer ‘s Bachelor of Nursing is preparing the next generation of Florida RNs by providing a comprehensive education program that will allow them to work in hospitals and clinics across the state.”
The new BSN program at Keizer University Tallahassee was launched specifically to meet the urgent demand for nurses in Tallahassee and surrounding areas. In Leon County, Career Source Florida predicts a combined growth of 3.3 percent in licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs) in 2020-2021.
The new BSN Program it is offered in an accelerated curriculum and FastTrack that allows students to complete the program of study in four semesters after general education credits and prerequisites are assessed and completed. The degree will prepare students to provide compassionate and patient-centered nursing care to individuals, families and communities using evidence-based skills and knowledge.
“At this critical point, we will continue to work with our partner hospitals and clinics across the state to ensure that we help them keep up with the demand for qualified nurses,” said Keizer. “Keizer University nursing students and graduates will remain at the forefront, providing vital assistance and critical support to healthcare teams.”
Keizer University is the largest producer of nurses in Florida. On its campuses across the state, KU saw an increase in applications in its BSN, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) programs last year.
Keizer University is a private, nonprofit university that serves approximately 20,000 students and employs 2,900 faculty and staff. Co-founded in 1977 by the Chancellor Arthur Keizer, Ph.D.and Evelyn Keizer, the university currently offers more than 100 courses on 21 campuses in Florida, as well as online and on two international sites. Keizer University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges as a tier VI institution to award certificates and degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels.