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Posted: 4:24 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

UF accelerated nursing program relaunches in Jacksonville

A recent report shows only 38 percent of Northeast Florida’s registered nurses have bachelor’s degrees

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Anna McDaniel, dean of the UF College of Nursing

By John Engel

Jacksonville, Fl. —

Due to a shortage of registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees in Northeast Florida, the University of Florida has relaunched an accelerated nursing program in Jacksonville.

The program compresses a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the UF College of Nursing into a 15-month period for students who already have a bachelor’s degree.

The Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of nurses have baccalaureate degrees by 2020, though a 2013 Florida Center for Nursing report found only 38 percent of Northeast Florida registered nurses have that qualification.

Anna McDaniel, dean of the UF College of Nursing, says the partnership between the college and UF Health in Jacksonville is ideal, given the coming expansion of a facility near the Jacksonville International Airport.

“(UF Health Jacksonville) needs nurses,” McDaniel told WOKV. “We’re proud that we can partner with them to produce nurses.”

Twenty-four students are participating in the program in its first year back, with the plan being for 48 to participate next year.

The accelerated program in Jacksonville was canceled because of budget cuts around ten years ago, according to McDaniel. Since the Gainesville campus is at capacity, it made sense to relaunch the program in Jacksonville.

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