Loan Program at CWRU nursing school helps ease nurse shortages
September 29, 2011
The much-talked-about nursing shortage begins well beyond the hospital. It starts at the nursing schools that educate and train future nurses. Without enough qualified faculty, schools cannot admit and graduate the nurses of tomorrow.
With a $1.46 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP), Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing is supporting part-time and full-time graduate nursing students interested in teaching nursing at any level at any school or college of nursing.
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, about 135,000 vacancies exist for registered nurses across the country. A 2008 AACN survey found a 7.6 percent shortage of nurse educators, and this deficiency at the college level has resulted in denying qualified candidates an education and profession in the field.
The loans are designed to support master of science in nursing (MSN), doctor of nurse practice (DNP), and PhD nursing students, who potentially can become faculty members and educate a new generation of nurses.
According to Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, associate dean for doctoral education and project director for the NFLP program at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, the new grant will continue to support 56 DNP and PhD students and 28 MSN students who received funding last year. They are set to join the total of 106 doctoral (DNP or PhD) student recipients who now have faculty positions in colleges and universities across the nation.
The grant will also increase graduate school enrollment with support for an additional 22 full-time and 22 part-time doctoral students as well as six full-time and six part-time MSN students. Students who receive loans are required by the program to take six credit hours in curriculum and instruction, testing and evaluation, and a teaching practicum to prepare them for teaching.
Students can receive up to 85 percent of their loan forgiven over a consecutive four-year period while they work as full-time faculty members at any accredited U.S. school. To learn more about program, contact Zauszniewski at firstname.lastname@example.org.