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Lipscomb Taking Charge To Train More Nurses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -The demand for nurses is high across the country.

In Tennessee, it's expected to exceed the supply by 9,500 in the future.

Lipscomb University is taking charge in recruiting students to the nursing field.

HCA's TriStar Health System and Lipscomb University partnered to offer the TriSTar/Lipscomb Nursing and Health Care Academy.

Two dozen middle and high school students got a chance to explore the nursing profession on campus and at Centennial Medical Center.

The seventh through twelfth graders received their own scrubs to wear, a stethoscope and various other goodies. The students graduated on July 11.

Nursing students and graduates were also tapped to mentor the academy students.

"It's actually been really interesting because I thought there were going to be like a lot of lectures and stuff like that. But every day we get to learn about some kind of piece of equipment that we use and I think that's kind of really cool," said one student.

"There's way more to it than I thought. I mean, you see them in the hospital and everything but I didn't realize you know, all the things that were involved in it, like you know different strands and different beats of your heart," said another student.

"I thought they were just doctor's assistants and everything, but they probably do as much if not more than the doctor," said another student.

In fact, registered nurses regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients' family members.

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