Apprenticeship and Opportunity in Nursing Today
Ivy Love, New America
Alexis Barba dreamed of becoming a registered nurse. She applied to associate degree programs in nursing, but wasn’t able to get in. It’s not just her: Schools of nursing turned away 75,000 qualified undergraduate and graduate applicants in 2018 alone, partly due to capacity constraints.
Then Barba's union, SEIU Local 1000, began recruiting applicants for a new LVN-RN apprenticeship. More than help with tuition for an associate degree, the apprenticeship would give Barba paid experience in a variety of patient care settings. Space was tight. The first cohort of apprentices would be small. It would be tough to get in, but Barba applied with her fingers crossed.
The acceptance letter changed her life.