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Feb. 17, 2000 -- No. 88

UNC-CH nursing dean can address new national enrollment, trend report

Dr. Linda Houk Cronenwett, professor and dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, can discuss and interpret a new survey released today (Feb. 17) by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing

An association news release about the annual survey is included in this fax or is available upon request from News Services. The survey found declines in both bachelor’s and master’s degree nursing programs nationwide -- a concern, the association said, in light of the increasing demand for nurses with such training to meet the nation’s future health-care needs.

Cronenwett can elaborate on the broad health-care trends driving demand for bachelor’s and graduate-prepared nurses, changes in health-care systems and hospital reorganizations, and enrollment at the UNC-CH School of Nursing and elsewhere around the state.

Cronenwett’s experience includes research about and development of methods to assess and improve the quality of hospital-based health care. She represents the nursing school in the UNC-CH Program on Health Outcomes, a collaborative initiative aimed at improving the quality and delivery of health care. Before joining UNC-CH, she was director of professional nursing at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

To follow up, contact Cronenwett at (919) 966-3731 (office) or lincron@email.unc.edu. The association’s report on the survey is available by calling Dan Mezibov at its public affairs office, 202-463-6930, extension 231 or e-mailing dmezibov@aacn.nche.edu. Copies also are available via www.aacn.nche.edu.

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UNC-CH School of Nursing contact: Lisa Mincey Ware 919-966-1412
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