New nursing building plans to help nursing shortage

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COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing intends to gradually increase undergraduate enrollment, which will help the nursing and faculty shortages.

Sherri Ulbrich, the undergraduate Program director said, the new building will almost double the size of the current simulation space.

“This will allow our students to do a lot more high tech simulations,” said Ulbrich. “With those simulations also comes a great need for storage.”

According to AACN’s report on 2018-2019 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing,  “There is a 3.7% enrollment increase in entry-level baccalaureate programs in nursing in 2018, this increase is not sufficient to meet the projected demand for nursing services.”

Ulbrich said the new building will allow for more nursing students to be enrolled at once as well as increased natural lighting, flexible teaching spaces and an integrated learning environment.

“Our plan is to increase enrollment by 50%, and we will do that gradually over a period of semesters or years to make sure we can accommodate and meet the learning needs of those students as we add to our enrollment,” said Ulbrich.

While the nursing school is under construction, students will operate across campus using empty classroom spaces.

“I think being spread off campus for a while might be a little difficult at first, but I think it will totally be worth it once the new school is built and everybody can be together again,” student Brenna Knapp said.

Ulbrich said the students who will be working in other buildings will still receive an excellent education.

“Campus space planning and the registrar's office have been fantastic in working with us to find space that will meet our needs across campus.”

The new school should be finished by 2022 with updated research and simulation spaces, as well as three state-of-the-art active learning classrooms.