Grayson College seeking lawmakers' approval for nursing bachelor's degree

Hide caption Grayson College nursing students practice a medical procedure on a mannequin. The college is hoping that state legislators will allow the school to offer a bachelor's degree to nursing students, better equipping them with the skills and knowledge desired by area healthcare providers. (courtesy photo) courtesy photo Grayson College nursing students practice a medical procedure on a mannequin. The college is hoping that state legislators will allow the school to offer a bachelor's degree to nursing students, better equipping them with the skills and knowledge desired by area healthcare providers. With nursing skills in high demand at both the national and county level, Grayson College is hoping that Texas lawmakers will take note of the need during the 85th legislative session and allow the school to offer students a program that takes them from their associate degree to a bachelor's of science in nursing. Grayson College currently offers nursing students the opportunity to earn an associate degree, but representatives of the college's nursing and health sciences programs say that's not enough to equip nursing students with all the skills and knowledge that employers expect from their health care workers, both now and in the future. Community colleges, like Grayson, are limited in the sense that the highest level diploma it can offer is an associate degree - any higher and it must obtain the approval of legislators and academic accreditation boards. "There's a shortage of nurses and then there's a shortage of BSN nurses," Grayson College's Nursing Associate Degree Program Director Jamie McKinney said. "The national goal and and...

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