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Delaware is facing a nursing shortage. The government estimates the state needs between 1,300 and 3,000 additional nurses. A new program at Dover High School may help close that gap.
The school has started a nursing program. After completing the course, students can take the state test to become a nursing assistant. With nurses in high demand. the program will benefit not only students, but the community as well, the school said.
Students practice skills like taking blood pressure on medial mannequins in the classroom, and then work with real patients in Dover nursing homes.
According to senior Cody Rose, "It's a lot more hands-on, and I'm a lot more hands-on than book work."
The school's nursing program is in its second year. With Delaware's elderly population growing and nurses in short supply, the program gives students a head start, the school's nursing instructor said.
"It allows students to progress in all their fields. They can go from being a nursing assistant to a CPN or RN. So, it's a good step for them," said teacher Heather Husler.
The program is free for students. The school said there are more than 100 students enrolled in the program.