Nursing, without a doubt, is one of the most popular programs at the community colleges today. If predictions are correct, there will be shortages in this field approaching a possible crisis situation. While community colleges educate 60% ofthe registered nurses and 63% of the allied health workers, it is not enough. Our colleges are faced with faculty shortages, a lack of clinical training sites, skyrocketing programs costs, regulations and compliances that they must fulfill, and to top all of this, students enroll at rates far exceeding their ability to accommodate. And, a group of people seemingly standing on the outside looking in, that could help alleviate the shortages if trained and educated early, are high school healthcare career majors. A collaborative effort on the part of the colleges, the high schools, students and parents must be established to help solve these problems of our nation.
Caulfield, Sharon M., "Creating Pathways For High School Students To BHCC" (2015). CCLA Capstone Projects. 5.