The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, August 30, 1990, Page 6, Image 6

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    Applications increase, but...
College of Nursing limited
By Dionne Searcey 1
Staff Reporter
The University of Nebraska Col
lege of Nursing continues to limit the
number of enrollees, although de
mand for graduates is strong and the
number of applicants has risen, an
official said.
Mary McMamce, associate dean
of the College of Nursing, said more
students could not be accepted be
cause instructors needed more time to
work with nurses one-on-one and
facilities such as clinics were limited.
Instructors need to work closely with
students to supervise them, she said.
“Nursing is an ... intensive kind
of study,” she said.
Sybil Sedivy, student services
adviser at the college, said the college
received 329 undergraduate applica
tions for the 1990-91 school year,
compared to 290 in 1989-90 and 224
in 1988-89.
Of the 329 applicants, 152 wanted
to enroll at the Lincoln campus. The
program located in Fairfield Hall at
the University of Ncbraska-Lincoln
may be moc popular because UNL
has residence halls and more campus
activity, said Donna Baker,executive
director of the Nebraska Nurses As
Admission to the Scotlsbluff cam
pus was requested by 35 applicants
and admission to the University of
Nebraska Medical Center’s campus
by 142.
Only 75 applicants arc accepted
into the Lincoln program. The Omaha
and Scottsbluff programs arc limited
to 75 and 25 students.
Sedivy said the increasing number
of applicants should have one benefit
- making the college more competi
tive, thereby raising standards for
Sheila Exstrom, nursing education
consultant in the Bureau of Examin
ing Boards, said the number of appli
cants was increasing because students
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find that as nursing graduates they
have no difficulty finding jobs. And
as the profession has become less
stereotyped as a women’s career, more
men have become interested, she said.
The need for nurses is growing,
too, as technology increases, Exstrom
said, because people arc living longer
and need more medical care.
A slight increase in nurse’s sala
ries also have boosted interest in the
field, she said. Salaries range from $8
to $ 15 an hour in western Nebraska to
512 to $15 an hour in eastern Ne
Five new associate degree nursing
schools have opened for the 1990-91
school year in community colleges
across the state, Exstrom said. The
added programs could alleviate the
demand on the university’s program
and help satisfy the growing number
of interested students, she said.
The schools will be located on the
campuses at Grand Island, North Platte,
Norfolk, Omaha and Southeast Com
munity College in Lincoln.
Exstrom said 25 to 35 students per
campus are admitted into the pro
Sedivy said the new programs
should help NU’s program. Ihe reg
istered nurses graduating from the
community colleges hopefully will
apply to the University of Nebraska’s
nursing program to obtain their bache
lor’s degrees, she said.
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Light Orchestra, jams during the Bluestest at Broyhill Plaza
on Wednesday.
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