The nursing community is celebrating another milestone in its recovery from the “sore winner” pandemic: accelerated nursing plans are available for all eligible nursing students, regardless of age, ethnicity, disability, or other factors. 

The new programs, announced Wednesday by the National Association of Certified Nursing Assistants (NACNA), will open the doors to a broader array of options for nursing students to be eligible for accelerated nursing training. 

In addition to the two-year program currently available for nursing degree holders, students who want to take accelerated training from December 2019 through January 2020 are able to apply online or by mail. 

“The program will provide opportunities for nursing to be able to transition into the workforce faster,” said NACNA President and CEO, Sharon Ahern. 

Among other benefits, accelerated training programs allow students to access accelerated training in a nursing program from home, which can be beneficial to nursing students and their families. 

Currently, students enrolled in nursing programs can receive up to 20 hours of nursing education a week, depending on the program and the duration of the internship, according to NACNAs website. 

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“There are people who have never been in a program, and they’ve had a tough time,” Ahern said.

“The fact that they’re now eligible to get accelerated training will make a big difference for them.

This program is really good for the nursing community.”

The first cohort of accelerated nursing students began enrolling on January 1, and over the next six months, the program will expand to other groups of students, according NACNAS website.

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About NAC NA: Established in 1915, the NACna is the largest and oldest national network of certified nursing instructors, representing over 5,000 nursing schools, certified nursing agencies, nursing hospitals, and nursing colleges. 

Its goal is to help nursing students become certified to practice as RNs and then to become licensed to practice in the health care industry. 

More than 2 million members of the NCCNA and other professional nursing organizations attend national meetings every year, and each meeting has more than 3,500 members from across the country.

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