by Tom Cogill
campaign to expand McLeod Hall will provide the facilities
necessary to strengthen research programs, enlarge the faculty,
and increase enrollment.
the academic year, deans make annual reports to their staff and
faculty, laying out the goals, aspirations and challenges
for the coming year. In this issue, we begin an occasional
series that takes a look at the state of the University one piece
at a time.
Nursing enrollment, ranking on the
By Katherine Thompson Jackson
got a story to tell, said Jeanette Lancaster, U.Va.s
longest standing dean. The probability that a person in
this room will not need the services of a good nurse is unlikely.
nursing school enrollments have declined for the past six years.
This year, however, saw an increase that may be related to Sept.
11 and a desire to do more human services. U.Va.s enrollment
did not decline, she said.
dean and professor of nursing since 1989, delivered the annual
address recently to about 75 faculty and development staff at
the School of Nursing.
The former psychiatric nurse said todays nursing shortage
is different from those experienced in the past because fewer
nurses enter the profession, shrinking the number prepared to
care for the baby boomer population. Experts predict that the
demand for full-time registered nurses will begin to exceed the
supply by 2020.
school is mounting a campaign to expand McLeod Hall, which would
provide the facilities necessary to strengthen research programs,
enlarge the faculty, and increase enrollment, Lancaster
said. By demolishing the 30,000-square feet auditorium, additional
classroom and research space could be built at a cost of $7 million
(assuming half of that amount will come from the state).
gears, Lancaster focused on the calibre of nursing students. We
produce strong graduates because of students such as this years
entering class: the mean came in with 3.9 GPA, 1200 on the SATs,
and generally in the top 10 percent of their high schools,
18-month second-degree program which offers a special bachelor
of science in nursing degree for non-nurses with at least a bachelors
degree in another area, has been extremely competitive. The good
news, Lancaster said, is that the program is attracting a majority
of men, many from U.Va.
final piece of good news, she said, is that U.Va.s graduate
programs in nursing have moved up in the U.S. News & World
Report rankings: 35th in 1995, 24th in 1998, and now 21st.