Clatsop Community College's department of admissions announced the acceptance of 18 students into the Associate Degree Nursing program for fall quarter 2002:

Kelsey Adams, Erin Benson, Jennifer Brog, Anne Brookhyser, Aleia Cowan, Kathryn Elstun, Patricia Hayson, Scott Jamieson, Crystal Jenson, Eric Manning, Virginia Matlock, Allison Mattila, Jeremy McArthur, Connie McMinn, Carissa Poole, Diana Silva, Jennifer Staudenraus and Jessica Stinnett Alderson.

"The demand for nurses is huge now and by the year 2010 the nursing shortage is predicted to be the worst ever, with the available supply falling short of demand by at least 20 percent," said nursing instructor and department chairwoman Karen Burke.

Since the nursing program began in 1983, more than 250 nursing students have graduated from CCC. Another 17 nurses will graduate today. CCC nursing instructor Jo Black estimated that "over half of our graduates are employed in Clatsop County, Tillamook County and the Long Beach Peninsula at hospitals, clinics, and other health care settings." Black said that at Columbia Memorial Hospital, an estimated 45 percent of the nursing staff employed full- or part-time are graduates from CCC's program.

In response to the predicted shortages, Clatsop Community College is working with other Oregon colleges to reduce the negative impact of nursing shortages by increasing enrollment. Potential strategies include the increased use of distance education. CCC currently has a distance education nursing program in Tillamook County that admitted the first class in fall 1999. "We don't expect, however, that online education will totally replace traditional nursing education anytime soon," Burke said.

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