1. Section Editor(s): Pfeifer, Gail M. MA, RN

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Admissions to nursing schools decrease. After several years of steady growth, the number of new admissions fell by 2% in 2008 across all basic nursing programs, according to the National League for Nursing's nursing-education survey, Nursing Data Review Academic Year 2007-2008 ( Nearly a quarter of nursing programs in 2008 received more qualified applications than they could accept. In LPN and associate's degree programs, 39% of qualified applicants (approximately 119,000) were turned down, and more than half of diploma programs also turned away qualified applicants. Shortages of faculty, clinical placements, and classroom space all limit the growth of nursing programs.