UW Changes Lives: Got a bachelor’s? UW-Madison nursing degree could be just 12 months away

May 6, 2019 | By David Tenenbaum, UW News

Mathew Trapp, accelerated BSN graduate
Mathew Trapp, 26, will graduate with the first accelerated bachelor’s of science in nursing class at UW–Madison. After working as a server in fine dining establishments, he says, “Nursing care is very relatable to the service industry, where you are following a set of steps to ensure a quality experience. In health care, we have steps to assess, diagnose and treat. Nursing is so patient centered, family centered. The best experience in the hospital hopefully will foster a favorable outcome.” Photo by Alex Andre

The first class of students in the new accelerated bachelor’s of science in nursing at the School of Nursing will graduate on May 11, after a year of intensive training. The one-year program offers a second chance for adults seeking a satisfying, well-paying job. It is also part of a full-court press by the School of Nursing to confront a shortage of nurses in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Center for Nursing’s 2016 workforce report projected a statewide shortfall of nearly 23,000 nurses by 2035.

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