The United States needs nurses, and some schools are implementing accelerated programs to train them.

To shorten the process, these programs reduce training time from four years to one.

“I really think this is beneficial for students and local hospitals and facilities,” Elizabeth Mann, an assistant clinical professor at the University of New England, said in an interview with Fox News. It is based in Maine.

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Prospective students must have a prior bachelor’s degree and complete eight prior courses.

This is dramatically shorter than the typical two to four year nursing program.

Training nursing students at the University of New England

A student participates in training to become a nurse at the University of New England. (Kailey Schuyler)

“I think the possibility of getting a second degree in something like a bachelor’s degree in nursing is very attractive to a lot of people,” UNE School of Nursing interim director Donna Hyde told Fox News.

“They don’t have to have healthcare experience. We’ll get them there.”

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The University of New England’s new accelerated nursing program is scheduled to begin in May.

The goal is to help students enter the workforce sooner, but they will also have to receive serious training, experts say.

States with greatest nursing needs

The states most in need of nurses are Washington, Oregon, California, Michigan and Georgia, according to the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. (Kailey Schuyler)

“There are no cuts. They do the same amount of clinical hours, so we give them time for that,” Hyde said.

“Your schedule may need to be a little more flexible to include consideration of weekends.”

A shortage of more than 78,000 registered nurses is expected next year, according to the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis.

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The states that need nurses the most are Washington, Oregon, California, Michigan and Georgia.

“As different states are looking at their own options to increase their nursing workforce, this is one of those options,” Jennifer Mensik Kennedy, president of the Oregon-based American Nurses Association, told Fox News.

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The shortened 12-month program not only appeals to students, but will also benefit local health care facilities, Mann said.

Hyde noted that he talks to many of the nursing administrators at local healthcare partners and “they obviously see the need for more nurses sooner rather than later.”

Nursing students training in simulation laboratory

Nursing students train in a simulation laboratory to prepare for the world of work. The abbreviated 12-month program appeals to students and also benefits local health centers, experts say. (Kailey Schuyler)

Some have expressed doubt that students can be ready in just one year, Mann said.

“They may interpret it as (offering) a lower quality (of training) or that we are pushing students to get ahead, and I want to emphasize that that is really not the case,” he said.

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Up to 40 students are expected to begin the program in May at the University of New England.

woman with doctor

To combat the nursing shortage, some schools are implementing accelerated programs to train new nurses. (iStock)

Once students complete the program, they will have to pass a national exam, like a traditional four-year student, to officially become a nurse.

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By Sam