Georgia Gwinnett College says the state Board of Nursing has signed off on its baccalaureate program in nursing. The four-year college in Lawrenceville had previously received approval of the bachelor's degree nursing program from the Board of Regents and plans to begin accepting students into the program in the fall of 2014.
State officials say they're concerned with a backlog of complaints that have been filed with the Georgia Board of Nursing. The board officially has 3,340 open cases and 434 nurses are on continuing probation.
Georgia is among the worst states in the country for staffing nurses in schools, but state education leaders are hoping a new law passed this year will improve that standing. For the first time, the state is funding nurses based on student enrollment.