Technology Helps Nontraditional Students Learn Basic Nursing Skills

The national nursing shortage often cuts deepest in rural communities. “We need nurses badly,” said University of West Alabama’s Assistant Professor, Dara Murray. “The black belt is riddled with issues, whether it’s education or healthcare, so  what we do at UWA—preparing nurses—is crucial.”

Alabama’s Department of Labor projects 3,275 openings each year for nurses until 2026. #nursingshortage
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Each year the state of Alabama is projected to have 3,275 openings for nurses until 2026. Luckily the University of West Alabama’s Nursing Division is filling up their program with nontraditional students to meet the state’s need.

But to best meet their nontraditional students’ and rural communities’ needs, Assistant Professors Dara Murray and Katherine Smith’s nursing department has developed some unique strategies. 

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