October 27, 2005
Today the University of Virginia's School of Nursing opened their doors to inform the public about how nurses are educated and why we need better educated nurses.
With the rising health care cost of and a national nursing shortage, many health studies are predicting an emergence of a national health care crisis. Many nurses at UVA say that a way the government could assist in the growing problem is developing better grants programs, not only for students, but for schools who will accept more students into their programs.
UVA's School of Nursing says they are dedicated to not just training nurses, but educating them on how to become critical thinkers.
"We have an advantage in helping the patient in that we have an idea of what to look for and how to properly treat it," said Caitlin Carlock, 4th year nursing student. "So...I think our critical thinking skills allow us to have an additional advantage when caring for patients on the floor."
Those tours ended this afternoon with a dinner with the Dean of the School of Nursing.