SLCC struggling to hire nursing educators

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The inability to find nursing faculty has stalled the start of South Louisiana Community College's new registered nursing program at least six months.

In August, the college announced it hoped to start classes by early spring.

But, Christine Payton, SLCC public relations director, says it's been difficult to fill two of the four full-time faculty positions.

To allow time for curriculum development, Laurie Fontenot, SLCC's dean for nursing, allied health and safety, says the Louisiana Board of Nursing requires faculty to be in place at least six months before students are admitted.

Payton tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1aJHPkY) Fontenot conducted interviews this week for one of the two open positions.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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