Nursing Grads More Likely to be Hired Soon After Graduation, Study Finds

Monday, November 22, 2010

According to new data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, graduates of entry-level baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs are more likely to receive job offers at the time of graduation or soon after than graduates from other fields.

The survey found that the average job offer rate at the time of graduation was 65 percent for new nurses, while only 24.4 percent of new graduates in 2010 had a job offer at graduation.

“Nursing students are in high demand right now,” said Dr. Kathryn Grams, dean of the University of West Georgia’s School of Nursing.

Established in 1974, the School of Nursing offers classes on the Carrollton campus and at UWG-Newnan.

Recently UWG announced plans to expand its nursing program at Newnan, with the aid of a $2 million gift from Newnan Hospital. The gift will be divided into two parts: $1 million will be used for the construction, renovation, repair and replacement of facilities and equipment, and an additional $1 million will be used to establish an endowment for program and faculty support for the school.

The Newnan nursing program has grown substantially since it began in 2005, said Cathy Wright, director of UWG-Newnan.

UWG also recently graduated five new clinical nurse leaders. In September, the School of Nursing received praise for its 100 percent passing rate on the 2010 CNL certification exam.