Addressing a nationwide talent crunch on nurses—the American Nurses Association estimates 1.2 million new ones will be needed by 2030—Western Governors University has announced plans to add more than 4,800 nursing graduates to the U.S. health-care workforce by 2027.
WGU announced plans this morning to open an 18,000-square-foot nursing prelicensure simulation lab in Kansas City. It’s designed for students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The lab will open in late 2023 and is part of WGU’s Michael O. Leavitt School of Health’s ) investment and expansion of its nursing prelicensure program.
In Missouri, WGU expects to train and graduate more than 1,000 nurses by 2026. Nationwide, it plans to open nursing prelicensure simulation labs across 11 states, adding capacity to train more than 4,800 nursing graduates to the workforce by 2027.
You can read more about WGU’s plan here.