CHAPEL HILL (August 25, 2021) – Peter Hans has seen it both as President of the UNC System and President of the NC Community College System: To solve North Carolina’s nursing shortage, it will take more instructors.
“If we could recruit and compensate nurses to actually prepare other nurses… then we would be better off in meeting what is one of the nation’s most acute nursing shortages,” Hans, who served as President of the Community College System before he became President of the UNC System, says in the accompanying video.
“While I think we’ve made progress in this area – and last year, we graduated almost 3,800 nurses from the UNC System, and the community colleges have produced similar numbers – there is more that can be done here,” he says.
“If we can recruit talented nurses to the classroom to prepare more nurses, we can help respond to the nursing shortage.”1
North Carolina’s nursing students have stepped up during the coronavirus pandemic, not only caring for patients, but volunteering at testing and vaccination sites, Hans says.2
“The work that goes on to prepare them gives me hope for the future. You don’t have to look too far beyond UNC Greensboro’s new ($105 million) nursing building3 to see that we’re making a commitment to this that we’re going to support the people of North Carolina by helping prepare nurses that will take care of all of us,” he says.
“And I’m grateful for their work – incredibly grateful for their work.”
1 https://www.higheredworks.org/2021/07/the-nursing-faculty-bottleneck/; https://www.higheredworks.org/2021/07/we-have-to-compete-for-nursing-faculty/.