UPDATED: KU launches plan to address nursing shortage; hospital nursing vacancies peak

Photo courtesy of KU Medical Center

(Updated to correct the hospital nursing vacancies were the highest since 2000)

As hospitals struggle to recruit nurses and the demand for nursing heightens, the University of Kansas is starting a new initiative to tackle the mounting health care labor issue in Kansas.

The university's School of Nursing is forming a new center that will address shortages of nurses and nursing faculty in Kansas.

The university's announcement comes as Kansas hospitals are coping with their highest vacancy rates for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in more than 20 years.

"The demand for nursing care outstrips the available . . .


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