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Hospital, college in Springfield team up on Illinois’ nursing shortage

Hospital, college in Springfield team up on Illinois’ nursing shortage

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lincoln Land Community College and Memorial Health System will team up to expand nursing education to address a national shortage.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports Lincoln Land will admit 90 additional nursing students beginning in the fall of 2021, for a total of 215 per year.

Memorial Health System will contribute $6.1 million to renovate a campus hall as a nursing center, buy state-of-the-art equipment and hire additional faculty.

Lincoln Land President Charlotte Warren said there will be a shortage of 21,000 nurses in Illinois next year. She says one-quarter of the current nursing workforce will retire within the next five years.