Achieving health system reform goals will turn on investing in the education of a 21st-century health care workforce. However, as the United States tackles the workforce shortage that exacerbates the stress in the health care system, nursing programs across the country are rejecting qualified candidates because there is not enough faculty to teach them. In 2011-2012, 64 percent of all nursing programs turned away qualified applicants. Pre-licensure nursing programs – which serve as the gateway into the nursing workforce – rejected 72 percent of qualified applicants due to limited space.
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